On May 12, the price of a stamp is going up a penny to 42¢ for a First-Class letter. I know no one likes price increases but you have to admit that the US post office does a pretty good job of getting bunches of mail from one point to another quite quickly and even more surprising, into the right mailbox. Given the volume, they do a far better job than any of the airlines in getting something from one point to another. And, if for some reason the address is incorrect, they’ll send it right back to you at no additional charge! I call that customer service.
I also feel the cost of a stamp is quite reasonable considering the areas served for that one price. For example, with just one stamp you can send a letter from Hawaii to Maine, over 5,000 miles one way! Given the rising cost of gas and the convenience of door to door service, this is an exceptional deal.
In late 2006 a new law allowed rates to be increased as long as the changes were within the rate of inflation for the previous 12 months and a 45 day notice was given. The additional per ounce cost of 17¢ remains in effect. So, go ahead and stuff that envelope. Don’t wait for the Christmas card season, send something in June for a mid-year update. Stick in some pictures of the kids or the pets in swimsuits… maybe not the pets, and keep in touch the old fashioned, but more meaningful way, via mail.
And, I saved the best for last… run right out today and load up on Forever stamps. Those are the ones with the Liberty Bell on them that only cost 41¢ until May 12 but that can be used Forever. Yes, you heard correctly, you can use these stamps no matter how many times the price is increased in the future. I call that an investment, not to mention a pretty neat deal. They even come with self-adhesive so you don’t have to lick and stick. I call that a tasteful bargain.