More to your local post office than stamps

 

An Post has produced a guide for customers on the products and services available in post offices across the State, including information on its BillPay service, savings products and electronic top-up services for mobile phones, writes Laura Slattery

Called Helping You Do More, the guide outlines how customers can pay more than 60 different types of household bills through its BillPay service. These include phone, electricity and gas bills as well as local authority payments.

If you want to pay a number of bills at the same time, you can make just one cash, cheque or Laser card payment to cover the total amount. The post office will give you a receipt with the breakdown of how much you paid and to which companies.

An Post's online service, BillPay.ie, allows you to pay your bills and view the details of many of them online.

An Post operates a free household budget scheme on behalf of the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs that help social welfare recipients manage their household budgets by deducting contributions to bills on a weekly basis.

The guide also gives details on money-transfer options available at post offices. Postal money orders are the simplest and safest way to send money by post within the State, according to An Post, and customers should avoid sending cash in the mail at all times. International money transfer options include sterling drafts, Western Union Money Transfer and EuroGiro.

The guide lists the types of personal finance, insurance and investment products available under An Post's One Direct service, including car, home and travel insurance and life assurance policies.

Helping You Do More reminds customers of other transactions they can make at their local post office, such as opening a variety of savings accounts, buying television or dog licences, buying prize bonds or using the Passport Express, Swiftpost or Special Delivery services.

More than 1.7 million people transact business at post offices in the Republic every week, according to An Post.