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 $0.68 each, but if you send a decent amount of mail, a 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. We saw the first hike of 2024 on Jan. 21. That means we will most likely see another hike some time in July.
If you didn't grab stamps ahead of the latest increase, don't forget to stock up on postal stamps before the the USPS announces the date of the next price bump. Remember, stamps are only going to get more expensive, not cheaper.
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).
Luckily, there are few 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.
2. Shop Stamps.com or PitneyShip for business discounts.
Stamps.com negotiates postage rates with USPS, so their prices aren’t marked up and stay competitive. On average, their rate is $0.03 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 $19.99 monthly subscription, but if you ship and mail a lot, it should pay off long term.
Pitney Bowes PitneyShip is another business alternative for shipping your mail at discounted rates, including $0.03 less on First Class stamps. They offer a 30-day free trial then it’s $17.99 per month after that.
3. Consider buying stamps from big-box stores.
Big-box stores usually have everything you need and that could include stamps too.
Sam’s Club sells a book of 20 Forever Stamps (available for pick up) for $13.15 and a coil of 100 for $65.75. If you’re after holiday stamps, you can pick up a book of 20 for $13.15 as well. No word on limits.
A 100-count booklet of self-adhesive stamps is available at Costco for $65.75. 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.
BJ’s Wholesale Club also sells the Forever stamp for $65.75 for a five booklets of 20. Members can get free pickup or shipping. No word on limits.
4. Pay with a rewards credit card to save in the long run.
Buy your stamps with a rewards credit card and save in the long run. While a rewards credit card won’t save you money immediately, earning any rewards, even as little as 1% back is a win.
5. Shop Ebay for discounted stamps.
You can find lots of postage stamps for sale on eBay. Before you buy, do your homework! Read reviews, product descriptions, and check out seller information, including how long they’ve been an eBay member, number of transactions they’ve completed, their feedback ratings, and their policies like shipping etc.
6. 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.