As of January 21, the price of a USPS Forever Postage Stamp is now: $0.50Rates manually verified by site administrator on May 1, 2018
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Several Other Key Rates:
- Additional ounce rate: $0.21
- Global Forever Stamp: $1.15
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USPS Forever Stamp Historical Prices
|January 21, 2018||$0.50|
|January 22, 2017||$0.49|
|April 10, 2016||$0.47|
|January 26, 2014||$0.49|
|January 27, 2013||$0.46|
|January 22, 2012||$0.45|
|May 11, 2009||$0.44|
|May 12, 2008||$0.42|
|April 12, 2007||$0.41|
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Quick Reference: First Class STANDARD SIZE Rates for over One Ounce*
|3 oz.||$0.92||1x Forever stamp + $0.42, or, simply 2x Forever Stamps (which results in a $.08 donation to the Post Office)|
|2 oz.||$0.71||1x Forever stamp + $0.21|
Quick Reference: First Class OVERSIZED Letter Rates**
|1 oz.||$1.00||Two Forever Stamps|
|2 oz.||$1.21||Two Forever Stamps + $0.21|
|3 oz.||$1.42||Two Forever Stamp + $0.42 or, three Forever Stamps (which results in an $.08 donation to the Post Office)|
|4 oz.||$1.63||Three Forever Stamps + $0.13|
Additional Questions and Answers about Postage Stamps and Rates
What is a Forever Stamp?
How much is a First Class Stamp?
The cost of a first class stamp varies, with the price being adjusted (typically once every year or so) by the Post Office. The current rate is $0.50 (careful, Google often displays outdated info, my site is always-up-to-date and has a manually verified rate). By purchasing a “Forever Stamp”, the stamp’s value will adjust to match whatever the then-current postage rate is for a one ounce stamp.
Does the Post Office Have an Online Postage Calculator?
Yes, they do. It’s available here: USPS Postage Price Calculator. Around May of 2017 the calculator was updated to try and make it easier to use, but, WOW, for calculating postage for letters/envelopes it became MUCH more difficult to use. For example, every person using the calculator sees two checkbox option about shipping live animals or day-old poultry. I wonder how many people that message applies to? But, yes, what do you expect: it’s a government-created web site 🙂 All kidding aside, other than being a bit complex, once you’ve been through it a few times it works quite well for Priority mail and packages. If you are looking up the price for a letter, on the first screen, make sure you select the icon titlted “Calculate price based on Shape and Size”.
How much does it cost to mail a postcard?
Do Forever Stamps Expire?
Forever Stamps never expire and will always be the equivalent value of a one-ounce First Class stamp.
Was the United States the first to issue Forever Stamps?
How much do additional ounces cost when mailing a letter?
Where is the best place to buy postage?
You have quite a few options for puchasing postage online. The obvious option is to buy stamps directly from the Post Office. They do charge $1 for shipping/handling your order.
Another option (which helps support this site) is to sign up for an account at Stamps.com. You can get a special postage offer with a $100 value by using code COUPON1.
You can also buy stamps from Amazon.com (which helps support this site). The Post Office is actually one of the stamp sellers at Amazon.com. If you buy stamps at Amazon.com you will likely pay a little bit more than if you bought them directly from the post office, but if you are a member of Amazon Prime (free trial available), you won’t have to pay the $1 shipping and handling fee that the Post Office charges if you order directly from the USPS.
Be careful buying stamps from other sources (especially eBay). You might end up with counterfeit stamps.
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Should You Stockpile Stamps, Perhaps as a Hedge Against Inflation?
Because the value of a Forever Stamp increases with the rate of inflation (and might even at a higher rate than inflation in the future), the question arises: should you buy more stamps than you will be using to mail letters as an asset diversification strategy and hedge against inflation?
You’re welcome to do so, and there are other online financial resources that discuss doing do so. However, in this space, I want to share a few considerations to keep in mind should you be contemplating such a strategy:
Notification Prior to Any Increases
Steady Decrease in First Class Mail Volume
Selling Forever Stamps is Harder Due to Counterfeits
- will require you to prove to the buyer that your stamps are genuine
- will more than likely require you to sell at a discount to whatever the current rate is (because a buyer could always buy their stamps directly from the Post Office)
- and, when you sell at at discount, you will be, in a way, “competing” against counterfeit stamps in relation to price (counterfeit stamps are not generally marketed as being counterfeits, but are instead marketed as being genuine)
The Value of Stamps is Tied to the Postal Service
I recommend you buy one year’s worth of stamps before any regular stamp price increase. If a significant stamp price increase is announced my recommendation will be to consider buying multiple years’ worth of stamps at that time/before that increase. You’re welcome to stockpile stamps now, and it may well even prove to be a great inflation “hedge” — just make sure you consider all of the various related factors.