If you are like me, you aren’t pleased when the price of stamps goes up. Here in my desk drawer, I still have about ten 34cent stamps, twenty 37cent stamps, and fifty 41cent stamps! None of those will be usable starting next week. I’ve been gradually using those 34cent stamps since 2001!
Fortunately, the Post Office has finally created the Forever Stamp – a stamp which will always be good for a first class stamp, regardless of rate increases. Needless to say, I marched myself over to usps.com and bought myself a 10year supply of stamps!
I estimate that I use about 50 stamps per year. I then looked up the historical prices of stamps, and projected postage through 2018. I then calculated the amount of money I’m going to save with these wonderful Forever stamps – (not to mention that I won’t have a drawer full of useless stamps). My savings – $28.80. Woo hoo! To those who don’t stock up – suckers! OK – I’m actually aware that if I put the $205 I just spent on postage into the bank at 3% interest in the end, I’d actually spend less money. But – that’s not the point! Think of the bragging rights when I bring out my 41cent stamp in 2018 to mail a letter!