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The US Postal Service is raising the cost of a stamp again. The price of first class stamps is increasing from 45¢ to 46¢.  This represents a 2.2% increase in price. It may not sound like much, but the old saying a penny saved is a penny earned rings true here.

Take this opportunity to think about how many stamps you will use over the next year and beyond. Remember that we want to stock up when the price is low and since stamps are one of the few things in life that never goes on sale – this is the best price we will see.

A book of 20 stamps costs $9 now and that will rise to $9.20 with the change.

If you have a wedding, invitations, Christmas Cards or anything else you plan to send in bulk – grabbing forever stamps now will save you a lot of money in the long run!

How many stamps would you estimate that you use in a year? What is a reasonable number to “stock up” on for your family?

    • tambry

      We use less than 100 in a year including bills, Christmas and Birthday cards. $46 vs $45 is a LOT lower than other cost of living increases.

    • Kathy

      Our daughter is getting married in May. I didn’t know about this price raise. I will be counting up how many stamps we need for those invitations immediately! Thanks for the heads up!

    • Jenni P.

      I’m going to need about 40 for Christmas cards in December. Hmmm…

    • Jennifer

      We use about 9 books a year. I purchased 9 books in December at a local grocery store. I used a credit card that was giving 5% back on grocery store purchases, so I will receive 5% of the price as a credit on my statement.

    • FiguringOutCouponing

      I think I use one or two stamps a year.

    • Marisa

      I only use one stamp a month…I already bought my years supply:) I pay my bills through online bill pay, its much easier.

    • One of my goals for 2013 is to send more hand written cards, so I’ll buy a couple of stamp books now.

      Sure, 1 penny isn’t a lot, but why pay more than I have to if I know that I’m going to use them?

    • esyke623

      I pay all my bills possible online. I save about $60 a year doing this! Crazy! But you’re exactly right– now that they have the forever stamps, you might as well stock up! Remember the old days of having to always remember what a stamp was going for, and buying 1 or 2 cent stamps to add on to make enough postage? What a nightmare! So glad they do the forever stamps now!

    • Thank you for your help in keeping me employed by the USPS. As many families are distributed throughout the U.S. there is nothing better than getting a card from an old friend, a grandchild, or a present in the mail.

    • Brooke

      i use quite a few stamps. I take my daughter to the portrait studio monthly for the first year and then mail out the portraits. i already picked up 3 books last month, but I think I may grab a few more. seems I go through about 3/4 a book each month mailing out all the pictures.

    • jessica

      and don’t forget that these price increases keep happening and the next one may not just be a penny. stocking up on forever stamps now can save you down the line as well.

    • cbrock

      Wish I had known this earlier, but it is not worth the gas to make a special trip to the post office now. I don’t use enough to justify the trip.

      • cbrock

        I just saw that this had originally been posted on Jan. 18, but somehow I didn’t see it.