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Just like most things lately, the price of stamps is increasing. If you’re a fan of sending snail mail, right now is the time to learn how to save money on stamps. Granted, they’re only $0.60 each, but if you send a decent amount of mail, the rate increase has the potential to burst your budget. I like to stock up on Forever Stamps since they’re non-denominational — which means they can withstand the constant postal increases.
The USPS announced that they’ll raise prices twice a year in January and July, which means another price hike is right around the corner. Keep an eye out this January for prices to rise again, and in the meantime, stock up on USPS stamps.
Want to find the best deals? Then get in touch with KCL and we’ll send you your favorites. Here are useful tips on where to buy stamps to save the most money.
Where to Buy Stamps
1. Buy in bulk before the price hike (or anytime to save money).
Buying stamps in bulk can save you up to 10%. Be sure that you’re buying authentic U.S. postage by purchasing them from legitimate websites and not just individual sellers. If you see a deal that’s too good to be true — like 20%-50% off — it probably is.
Luckily, there are several websites to help you buy in large quantities:
- Buy Discount Stamps – You won’t pay sales tax and there’s free shipping, but there’s a $500 minimum! Sheets, coil rolls, and stamped envelopes are available.
- USPS, The Postal Store – You’ll find specialty stamps, coil rolls, sheets, books, and collectibles.
- Amazon – Forever, collectible, and seasonal stamps are available in books of 10, 20, 40, and 100.
- Tanga – Choose from a 100-pack of the U.S. Flag, Hearts Blossom, and Patriotic Spiral.
2. Shop Stamps.com for business discounts.
The name says it all! Stamps.com is for small businesses who need to track shipments and print packaging labels, but the website can provide significant postage discounts.
Stamps.com negotiates postage rates with USPS, so their prices aren’t marked up and stay competitive. On average, their rate is $0.05 less than the Post Office.
Sign up for a free 4-week trial at Stamps.com and get $5 in USPS postage to use. Trials come with a welcome package of postage labels, a scale, address labels, two postcards worth $10 in postage each, and a user manual. The downside is the $17.99 monthly subscription, but if you ship and mail a lot, it should pay off long term.
3. Consider buying stamps from big-box retailers for variety, quantity, and discounts.
Big-box retailers usually have everything you need and that could include stamps too.
- Walmart sells sheets, rolls, and books of Forever, seasonal, and specialty stamps online only. Denominations range from 10 to 100 stamps.
As of writing this article, prices ranged from $10.95-$550, with variances in style and quantity. A standard book of 20 Forever Stamps is $15.25. If you order $35 or more of items, Walmart shipping is free.
In July 2022, Walmart discounted a roll of 100 USPS Forever Stamps by 14% off for a sales price of $41.35 (regularly $47.99). Text WALMART to 57299 and be the first to know about the best Walmart deals.
- Sam’s Club sells a book of 20 Forever Stamps (available for pick up) for $11.95 and a coil of 100 for $59.75. If you’re after holiday stamps, you can pick up a book of 20 for $11.95. No word on limits.
- A 100-count booklet of self-adhesive stamps is available at Costco for $59.75. According to their website, there is a 10-item limit per member, and you can’t use their Executive Membership 2% rewards as a discount.
4. Start making electronic payments to save on postage.
I’m sure this isn’t the tip you wanted to see if you’re a web novice. With added website security and the immediacy of payments, paying your bills online could buffer the costs of mailing all of your bill payments using stamps.
Some companies let you pay over the phone without an extra charge. If you adopt this method of bill paying, you don’t have to figure out where to buy stamps or worry about delivery delays.