The “big change” (okay, it’s only a nickel, but it adds up) at the USPS happens on Sunday. Today, Saturday, January 26 is the last day to get a first-class postage stamp (better known as a Forever Stamp) for 50¢. (It increases to 55¢ starting on January 27. The date change doesn’t make much sense, given the USPS is closed on Sundays. You’d think the increase would have gone into effect on January 28.)
While some post offices are closed on Saturday, many are open until noon or so. If you plan on buying lots of stamps to save money, it’s definitely worth a trip. If you can’t make it the post office, you can purchase stamps online for 50¢. The shipping charges are minimal, so it’s worth savings — if you’re buying in bulk.
This is simply a friendly public service announcement. In case you didn’t know, the United States Postal Service is, once again, raising the rate of a first-class postage stamp. (Doesn’t it seem they’ve been raising the rate often over the last few years?)
However, this time, it’s more than just a penny or two. On January 27, the rate will increase from 50¢ to 55¢. A nickel may not seem like much, but it adds up quickly — especially if you send lots of mail or greeting cards. After the increase, a book of stamps will cost you a buck more at $11 (from $10.)
You can save some money now by purchasing Forever Stamps for future use. In the past, with every rate increase, you’d have to go to the post office and stock up on penny stamps to make up for the increase. Thanks to Forever Stamps, you pay the current rate and they’re valid for (guess?) forever!
Fortunately, you can now purchase Forever Stamps, which are always valid for the current first-class stamp rate — regardless of any future rate increases.
As die-hard cheapskates know, saving money is always important, whether big OR small. Most people only focus on the big purchases and miss the savings in small transactions.
Any “super saver” will tell you that it’s often the small savings that add up more quickly and pay off more in the long run.
In any case, if you send lots of snail mail, you might consider investing in several books of stamps (or even a coil of 100 stamps) before the rate increases. Typically, Costco sells forever stamps at a small discount. If you’re a Costco member (or know one), you may want to check there for additional savings.