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.)
However, 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.
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 (but it is a discount). So members may want to check there for extra savings.