I read this article tonight and am still in shock. Cost of postage stamps to rise.
Sixty cents. Oh help me. On 28 June, we will pay a crazy 5 more cents for postage on a standard letter. It's no major assault on the purse, it's just that I will now need to add crazy little 5 cent stamps to all my current 55 cent stamps in order not to embarrass myself.
And I am still recovering from the last postage increase from 50 cents to 55 cents. (When was that? A few weeks ago? Seems like it.) The first I knew of the previous postage increase was when my good friend Hippomanic Jen was bemoaning the fact that postage had gone up and she hadn't known about it! I was even more behind the times than she was - her post was the only alert I received regarding the increase.
It bothered me at the time because I had just bought about a hundred 50 cent stamps. I had to go and buy a LOT of crazy 5 cent stamps to make up the extra postage.
I have now finally used up all my 50c + 5c stamps, but in the intervening time I made the following surprise findings in a desk-drawer-cleanout:
(1) Quite Ancient "Regular" stamps at the very outdated price of 45 cents. These have until recently required two 5 cent stamps to make up postage on a standard letter, and from 28 June will require three 5 cent stamps. (Forget higher denominations of stamp - who wants leftover 5c, 10c, and 20c stamps? In this house, we go with the 5s.)
(2) Not-quite-so-old "Christmas" stamps at the discount price of 45 cents. These require similar 5-cent treatment:
(3) Quite Ancient "Christmas" stamps at the extremely outdated and discounted price of 40 cents, currently requiring three 5 cent stamps, and from 28 June will require four crazy 5 cent stamps.
Now I hear of another postal increase.
It's not the increase that's bothering me, for what's 60 cents? It's the fact that I seem to be perpetually swimming in a sea of under-priced stamps and a depressingly unequal number of crazy little 5 cent stamps floating around trying to make everything alright again.
Sigh. I am tempted to save my 40 and 45 cent stamps for a little longer. The way things are going here, postage will soon be 80 cents, then 90 cents.
The other option is to request emergency supplies of 5 cent stamps. Lots of them.
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Artwork for 60c stamp from here.
Artwork for 55c stamp from here.
Artwork for 50c stamp from here.
Artwork for 45c stamp from here.
Artwork for 40c stamp from here.
Artwork for 5c stamp from some forgotten dark corner over there.