These days, fewer people are mailing articles and are opting for online billing, email, and social media instead. However, some prefer the traditional feeling of sending cards, bills or letters, or trust the postal service more than the Internet for their correspondence.
If you use a lot of stamps, the costs can add up quickly. As of March 2021, US Forever stamps will cost 55 cents each. The great thing about Forever stamps is that they don’t display any value on the stamps themselves, so you can refill and use them even if a Forever stamp goes up in value.
However, you can get stamps for less than face value if you know where to look. Here are a few options to get you started.
Best places to buy stamps at discounted prices
Buy discounted stamps on eBay
If you are buying postage stamps in bulk, Ebay can give you a lot on postage stamps.
EBay displays hundreds of auctions for unused postage. Like most eBay products, they are cheaper than the retail price.
Most eBay stamp auctions come in rolls of 100 Forever stamps. When you need that many, you can get them for just 40 cents. This equates to a 27.3% discount on retail shipping costs.
Even if you don’t need 100 stamps, you can still save up by going in with a friend (or more) and splitting the role between you. If you have five friends mailing things, your cost of 20 stamps (the size of a book) is $ 8 compared to $ 11 buying direct from USPS.
In addition to these savings, when you buy stamps (or anything else) you can sign up for eBay to start making money eBay Bucks for qualified purchases.
Check stamp dealers for discounted postage
Stamp collecting is big business. Merchants make a lot of money buying and selling stamps from collectors, but they also make money selling mint stamps for less than they are worth.
Often times, stamp collectors buy unique stamps when they come out thinking they might one day become valuable. But often their value does not grow and the collector can sell stamps to a dealer at a discount. The dealer then sells these stamps to you, the consumer, at a low cost.
When buying stamps this way, you may need to use several random value stamps to reach the 55 cents required for regular postage. However, it can save you money (and give the recipient of your mail a unique envelope).
Search for deals on Amazon
At first glance, Postage stamps on Amazon seem to sell at the same price as USPS, and in some cases they are more expensive. However, if you have patience, you can find great deals on stamps on Amazon.
For example, I came across a listing where a roll of 100 stamps sold for $ 50.35, which is a little over 50 cents per stamp, or an 8.5% discount.
You are not guaranteed to find cheap stamps on Amazon, but if you can find them it might be worth it – especially if, like me, you have an Amazon credit card that you use to earn points for your purchases.
Open a Stamps.com account
If you listen to podcasts at all, you’ve probably heard of them by now Stamps.com in an ad. They usually offer a free trial that includes freebies like postage so you can try the service before paying for a subscription.
Stamps.com currently offers first class (i.e. forever) stamps for 51 cents each, saving you 4 cents per stamp or 7.3%.
Membership costs $ 17.99 per month (plus applicable taxes). However, this includes free digital postal scales upon sign-up, plus the four-week trial with $ 5 free postage. You can cancel at any time as there are no long-term contracts. If you ship and ship a lot, a subscription should pay off in the long run.
Check out BuyDiscountStamps.com
Another online option is BuyDiscountStamps.com. You can get a roll of 100 stamps for $ 49.50, which is 49.5 cents per stamp or 10% off the retail price.
In addition to rolls, you can also buy sheets of 20 stamps for less than USPS. At the time of writing, you could purchase a sheet of 20 Arnold Palmer-themed stamps for $ 9.90, which is also 10% off the retail price.
BuyDiscountStamps.com promotes no tax and free shipping on all orders.
Buy stamps directly from the post office
For smaller stamp orders directly from the United States Postal Service can be a great option. USPS also offers a variety of stamp designs, while purchasing elsewhere usually limits you to the traditional American flag design.
USPS makes postage stamps in many different designs to celebrate holidays, public figures, seasons, and more.
When you buy stamps direct from the Post Office, you pay the ongoing price of a Forever stamp, but you have more options than any other seller.
Buy stamps from other retailers
The post office is the most obvious place to buy postage, but it can be inconvenient. You can find full sale stamps at various types of retailers that you likely visit frequently, which can save you the extra trip, even if it doesn’t save you money. In general, every place that sells mailing supplies also sells postage stamps.
Retail vendors such as Office Max and Staples typically sell stamps at retail prices. In addition to office supply stores, you can buy stamps at gas stations, UPS stores, chain stores like Target and Walmart, pharmacies, and grocery stores.
So you save even more
Discounts and rewards are two other ways to save money on stamps.
Check the discount pages
See more savings at Cashbackholic to find the best cashback offer when buying stamps on eBay. These amounts vary from day to day.
When you find the best discount website, search for Forever Stamps on eBay through this website to start earning your rewards.
Get 5% cashback on this $ 40 auction and get 32% off a spool of 100 Forever stamps. It doesn’t get much cheaper.
Use a rewards credit card
This is one of the best deal stacking tips out there. With a cash back credit card, you get money only for buying things that you would buy anyway.
If your card offers 1% cashback, you’ll save an additional 0.4 cents per stamp on this reel of 100 Forever stamps, reducing your cost to just 39.6 cents per stamp or $ 39.60 for the reel.
That is more than 15 cents savings per stamp – or about the cost of a stamp in 2007.
You may not think about looking for rewards and discounts on items like this, but do think about the money – and the hassle – that you can save! How much first class mail do you send each month?
One hundred stamps could go quite a long way – they could be set up for around $ 40 for months.
Catherine Hiles is an employee of The Penny Hoarder
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com