As most people probably are aware, it'll cost 44 cents to send a letter beginning May 11. But if you want to save 2¢ a stamp now's the time to stock up on Forever Stamps which are good indefinitely for the First-Class Mail one-ounce letter price.
First sold in April 2007, Forever Stamps are designed to ease the transition during price changes so that customers won't need to worry about buying additional postage to mail a letter when the cost of stamps changes.
This year customers can also purchase 44¢ stamps before May 11, as they become available. The Purple Heart stamp, Wedding Rings stamp and two-ounce Wedding Cake stamp are currently available. The Simpsons' stamps will be available May 7, and Love: King and Queen of Hearts will be available May 8.
U.S. Flag stamp coils of 3,000 and 10,000 are now available and U.S. Flag stamp coils of 100 will be available May 8.
Some may ask, “What do I get when I purchase postage?”
The obvious answer is transportation and delivery of your letter or package to any address in the United States, its territories and military APO/FPO addresses around the world.
But there's more:
The Postal Service provides universal service — with no hidden surcharges — no matter where you live.
First-Class Mail is forwarded for one year after a customer moves — which adds up to more than 2 billion pieces every year. First Class Mail is always returned to the sender if it can't be delivered for any reason.
Letters are picked up from mailboxes free-of-charge and, when using Carrier Pickup, so are Priority Mail and Express Mail packages. As long as there is one piece of Priority Mail or Express Mail, the carrier will pick up all packages even if they're being shipped Parcel Post or Medial Mail. Carrier Pickup is requested online at usps.com.
Priority Mail and Express Mail boxes and packaging supplies are provided free at Post Offices or can be ordered online from usps.com. There are several different sizes to fit all shipping needs.
The Inspection Service protects everyone's privacy, investigates mail fraud and is helping educate the public against fraud.
A postmark even documents that a legal brief has been filed by the deadline. Mail-in election mail programs are also in use in more than half the nation's states.
The Postal Services is funded completely by the revenue it makes from its sales and services. It doesn't accept use any tax dollars for its operations.
By Marilyn Loeser