A Guide to Getting Stamps by Mail
Addressing the envelope isn’t enough to mail your letter. You also need to affix a certain number of stamps in the top-right corner of the front of the envelope. Most people choose to purchase stamps in the post office, but is that the only option? In this article, you’ll find out how to get stamps by mail and whether you need to bother purchasing postage stamps in the first place.
Do You Need To Go to the Post Office To Purchase Mailing Stamps?
Visiting a post office isn’t the only way to buy postage stamps. You can also purchase them at the nearest pharmacy, grocery store, office supply store, or any other place with a “Buy Stamps Here” symbol.
Another option is to receive the USPS stamps by mail. You should ask your mail carrier to provide a mail-order form. Once you complete the form and make a money order or a check payable to the USPS, you should mail the form to the post office. You’ll receive the stamps a few days after sending the form. Your mail carrier will deliver the stamps for free.
You can also order stamps by calling 1-800-782-6724 or visiting the Postal Store on the USPS website.
How To Determine the Number of Stamps You Need for a Letter?
- Measuring the envelope’s dimensions and weight
- Entering the values in an online calculator to determine the postage cost
- Dividing the cost by the value of one Forever stamp (the Forever stamp always has the same value as the First Class Mail postage cost)
Standard letters usually weigh around one ounce, which means that you’ll need to affix only one Forever stamp since mailing a one-ounce letter costs $0.55. In case your letter weighs two ounces, it will be more expensive to mail ($0.75). This means that you should attach one Forever stamp and one Additional Ounce stamp.
If you’re still not sure how many stamps to buy, you can consult a post office clerk.
Find Out More About Postage Rates
The price of postage depends on various factors:
- The size, shape, and weight of the envelope
- The destination you’re sending the letter to (mailing letters to a state in the U.S. is less expensive than mailing it overseas)
- Mail class
The table below shows the price list for each mail class at the time of writing this article:
|Mail Class||Postage Cost|
|First Class Mail Letter||$0.55 for one ounce
$0.20 for each additional ounce
|First Class Mail Letter International||$1.20 for one ounce|
|First Class Mail Flat||$1 for one ounce
$0.20 for each additional ounce
|Priority Mail||$7.16 and up|
|Priority Mail Express||$22.75 and up|
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Relying on snail mail to send your letters can be stressful because the entire procedure typically takes a lot of time. Not only do you need to spend hours trying to determine how many stamps to buy, but you will also have to waste ages queueing in front of the post office.
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Writing formal letters correctly is crucial if you want to leave a good first impression, especially when applying for a job. Before you start composing the letter, you need to learn how to start, format, and finish it the right way.
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- Phone number and email address
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- City and ZIP code
- Formal greeting
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- Formal closing
- Your hand-written signature
- Your typed signature
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