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Send a Letter for Less

Updated on May 7, 2008

As the market becomes better, the cost of living becomes more expensive. Somehow it always seems to affect the cost of a postal stamp too.

I worked for the United States Postal Service for a time as a letter carrier. It was one of the most interesting and rewarding jobs I have held to this point in my life. As a result, I can understand why the USPS would increase the rate of a stamp to be able to pay their employees. After all, my paycheck counted on it at one point.

Discounted Stamps

If you have not already heard, on May 12th, 2008, the cost of traditional stamps will increase from 41 cents to 42 cents. This trend is likely to continue as time goes by, costing more and more to send a letter.

Why am I sharing this? The USPS will continue to accept their new 'Forever Stamp' as valid postage...if you have them. If you don't already have these stamps, which will ALWAYS send a letter at the same price, now is the time to get them. Even if you go out today and buy your 300 stamps, when the price changes, you will have saved money.

Could you imagine getting a roll of 'Forever Stamps' now and gifting it to a child or grandchild five or ten years from now. Imagine the savings and how smart they will think you are!

I only wish the 'Forever Stamp' existed when my parents were younger. It sure would have saved us a lot of money.

New Postal Pricing

With the upcharge on stamps, you would think the shipping rates would have gone up for packages also. That is not the case, however. Express and priority packages are actually being reduced in price to encourage senders to use them more.

As for delivering mail, I know I would prefer carrying letters over boxes any day!


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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      I have never heard of "Forever Stamps"! Good to know!