I love post office boxes. There's something fun about heading into the post office to unlock my mail from a little box. Plus, I appreciate the security of knowing my packages and letters are locked up; I've had mail stolen before, and it's not fun. I first had a PO Box when I lived in Gold Beach in the Oregon coast after college. The town was so little that every resident had a PO Box. The post office was right next to the port where I worked, so it was simple to check for mail a few times a week.
When I moved to my current location in Minnesota, I got mail at the house where I lived. But once I moved in with Matt, I didn't want to get mail at the school (we live in campus housing); I technically wasn't supposed to live here, and I thought getting mail here would be weird. I got a PO Box instead, and I was able to swing by regularly enough to check for mail on my way to or from work. I have had my box for 5 years now, and it's been great.
Now that I work at the same school, I found getting mail much more difficult this past year. I started phasing over items to our on-campus box, since the mailroom is right here. We get an email when we have a package. It's all fairly simple. But I still liked having the box, both for mail I hadn't switched over yet and for getting packages while the school was on break. but it still was a pain to get down to the post office more than once every few weeks.
Yesterday, I went and gave up my PO Box. The cost had gone up to $60ish a year, and it just wasn't worth the extra cash to me. I gathered the last of my mail and turned in my keys.
Long story short: if you still only have my PO box address, that's not good anymore. Feel free to email me if you want our physical address; that hasn't changed, and it will be good the entire time we live here. That is one big joy: apartments change regularly here on campus (sometimes called the round robin, clean cups, or the fruit basket upset), but our address never does. At least something is simple.