Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Write a note

New-to-me blog Celebrating A Life encourages us all to write 2 notes this month--something thoughtful, on real paper, to real-life friends. She'll be giving away some notecards to challenge participants.

I have an extensive network of little old ladies and younger folks to whom I still write. Here's my frugal advice: don't procrastinate! The cost of stamps will rise to 41 cents on May 14th. And I just bought another book in the Gee's Bend Quilt pattern! Dawn told me to buy the blah blah First Class stamp, but I just didn't listen.

6 comments:

2boysmama said...

Wow, every time you turn around they are increasing the price of a stamp! Seems like just a few months ago they raised it to 39!
geez

AnnMarie said...

Dawn is wrong in that post. I think people point this out in the comments (I read her blog, too). Stamps have often in the past not included the current rate. Often this is done in advance of a new rate, as they aren't sure what it will be. But sometimes it just doens't have the rate on it. But it's still just the same amount it was when it first came out. Using that stamp after the rate goes up will require an additional stamp to bring it up to 41 cents. Yes, some might get through--just like you sometimes get uncanceled stamps or too little postage go through. But it's not legal and it shouldn't be done knowingly. You have to use current stamps or additional postage.

Tammy L said...

I agree with AnnMarie. I read Dawn's post and got very confused. I read all the comments, but she never backs down from her position...

Anonymous said...

Stamps. I don't like having to remember the $.02 add-ons, so I use "out-dated" stamps for package postage. I usually finish them off that way, and start fresh with current-rate stamps for letters, etc.
Rita

My Boaz's Ruth said...

2boysmama: The price of stamps has barely kept up with inflation. Everytime the price of gas goes up 1 cent, the post office spends $8 million more dollars. How much has your gas gone up lately?

ever checked out the price to send packages through other methods versus through the USPS? And UPS/Fedex/Airborne Express can add on gas surcharges when the gas gets too high. the USPS can not.

the last postal increase (to 39 cents in January 2006) was mandated by congress to make up a shortfall in the postal pensions. this one, they wanted 3 cents and were given 2 cents after an extensive process to determine what was "fair"

Damselfly said...

Thanks for taking part! And you know what, I didn't know about the cost of stamps going up!