Stamp Prices Are Going Up, Even if You Don’t Care

The United States Postal Service has announced a rate increase effective May 8, 2008. Whoopee!

The price of a first class stamp will raise from 41 cents to 42 cents. Not a huge jump, but doesn’t every penny count?

You can stave off this and future single stamp price increases by purchasing the United States Postal Services best kept secret: the Forever Stamp.

First introduced in 2007, the Forever stamp will always be valid as First-Class postage on standard envelopes weighing one ounce or less, regardless of any subsequent increases in the First-Class rate. Always.

Isn’t that great?

What was that?

You don’t use snail mail? You never mail actual letters anymore? You e-mail your friends and family and pay all of your bills online?

Okay, okay. You’re not going to get rich off of what you save. But at least in this era of shrinking package sizes and exploding gas prices it’s a place you can win. Even if it’s only a penny.

So, my frugal friends, go buy as many Forever Stamps as your budget can handle, but please don’t take out a second mortgage.  And please walk, because the price of gas will undo your frugal coup before you pull out of the driveway.

After all, you and I both know that someday soon it will cost fifty cents to mail a letter. And I’ll bet before Son enters high school it’s going to be $1. And you can use the stamps on packages, too. We can’t use the internet to freely deliver those. At least not yet.

And to think postage was only six cents the year I was born.

What’s that? By investing the money you’d buy Forever Stamps with and paying the price increases as they come you’ll be ahead?

Oh.

Never mind.

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3 Responses to “Stamp Prices Are Going Up, Even if You Don’t Care”

  1. Frugal For Life » Blog Archive » Festival of Frugality 124 Says:

    […] A B Be This Way – Stamp Prices Are Going Up, Even if You Don’t Care […]

  2. Super Saver Says:

    This seems like another clever marketing approach by the USPS to get stamps purchased that may never be used, just like mint stamp collections. I’m passing on this since I’ll probably lose the stamps 🙂

    Here via FoF 124

  3. Snail-mail bargain: Time to buy forever stamps - Smart Spending Says:

    […] at Are You Going To Be This Way The Rest Of The Time I Know You?: “So, my frugal friends, go buy as many forever stamps as your budget can handle, but please don’t take out a second mortgage. And please walk, because the price of gas will undo […]


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