Bought my stamps today . . . . couple of books of flag stamps, which I prefer. Prob’ly should have bought more. Still have a little time but did not want to chance low supplies during a last minute rush.
It’s good to have stamps ready to go here at home . . . . bird in the hand. The small saving is welcome, and I paid with a couple of my best credit cards as well for still more saving.
I was nearly out of stamps. Have enough now for a while. When post offices across America open on the morning of August thirtieth, I will not be there.
While I doubt they will run out completely, it is always a possibility. Thing is, for me it was important to purchase the flag stamps I favor. I did not want to risk them running out of that particular style of stamp in the book form I wanted to buy.
I got 'em, probably a couple of years supply. Can now forget the whole thing and move on to more challenging stuff.
Have not heard a great deal about this stamp price hike in the news. It will likely be featured more there as we move closer to the end of this month.
And you know, a bit of “pandemic thinking” might also have crept in. Dunno about others. But these days, with regard to a great many things not just stamps, I have cast aside somewhat JIT (just in time) thinking. I am tending to maintain here at home a larger supply of many items than I did in the past. It cuts down on trips to stores, other points of supply, and similar places I no longer wish to be.
I like life better the old way. But things are as they are. You have to adapt.
I estimated how many stamps I would use over my lifetime. The number was around 700. Then I bought that many forever stamps at a price of $0.40 cents each. I have been gradually using them up.
I am convinced that Forever Stamps are a great value. No company could offer a “forever” product because they would end up going bankrupt. There is no way to match your revenue to your expenses.
Just think, the post office will bear expenses decades into the future to deliver my mail and they only got paid for a small fraction of the actual expense.
The USPS has a bloated overpaid workforce with huge pension and healthcare costs that guarantee their rates will go up at a rate much faster than general inflation, so it is a good deal in my opinion.
It’s basically an investment that you can’t lose money on. It’s better than holding cash IMO. If you needed to liquidate the stamps you could sell them or some places like grocery stores actually let you use them like cash.