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Postage stamps are handy to have around for when you need to send greeting cards, invoices, or any other physical mail. To buy some, your local post office is a good place to start, but you don't need to step foot in one — you can order them from the US Postal Service's website. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and similar retailers often carry booklets of stamps, too. Sign up for Insider Reviews' weekly newsletter for more buying advice and great deals.
Whether you want to send a greeting card, mail in an absentee ballot, pay a bill, or connect with some quarantine pen pals, it's always useful to have some stamps on hand. It costs 55 cents to send a domestic one-ounce, standard-sized envelope through the United States Postal Service, making it an affordable way to correspond with people in a tactile, memorable way. A booklet of 20 stamps comes out to around $11. The beauty of "forever" stamps is that you can still use them even when the price of mailing a letter goes up. That means if you find a roll of them from 2016, when the price was 47 cents, you can still stick it on an envelope today and drop it into a mailbox. There are lots of places you can pick up stamps, not just at the local post office. If you're in need of postage, here are the ways you can buy stamps. Your local post office
This is a given, but depending on the time of the day, the customer service queue can get long. If you just need stamps, use one of the electronic self-service kiosks (where available) instead; there are usually no lines to use them. The downside is that you won't be able to buy specialty stamps. USPS.com
The post office's website offers a variety of stamps, from the standard US Flag to seasonal (e.g., Christmas, Diwali, Halloween) and themed options (e.g., Bugs Bunny, American outdoors, moon landing), as well as notable Americans like Gwen Ifill, Sally Ride, Walt Whitman, and Arnold Palmer. The tyrannosaurus rex option is glossy and fun. The site lets you filter by color, shape, theme, denomination, and more. Retailers Everywhere from grocery stores to pharmacies to office supply stores often sell stamps. Instead of just chancing whether your local Publix or Kroger has them, you can find out using USPS's location tool. Put in your zip code and choose "national retailer" from the drop-down location menu. Depending on where you live, you'll get results like Walgreens, Winn-Dixie, and Staples. Keep in mind that these locations often only sell booklets, so you won't be able to purchase stamps individually. And, most stores only carry them at their physical locations Costco also sells stamps, in 100-count batches, making it a good option for businesses and prolific letter writers. They aren't available online and may not be in every store location. Sam's Club will let you purchase stamps online, however. USPS Forever First Class Postage Stamps (20-count)
Some banks and credit unions sell stamps through their ATMs or tellers. This varies by the location, but the next time you are doing a transaction, check to see if they offer stamps as well. US Bank and Fifth Third Bank let you filter by locations that sell stamps when you search for an ATM or branch on their websites. A representative for Wells Fargo said the bank is no longer selling stamps. Other options You can also request stamps from your mail carrier, who will provide you with an order form. You can order by phone at 1-800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724). If your business needs to buy stamps in bulk, you can call that number or email StampsNow.firstname.lastname@example.org. Those keen to start collecting can also page through the USA Philatelic catalog and use its order form. Online services like Stamps.com do allow you to print postage at home, but there's a monthly fee. If you just desperately need to mail something right now, you might be able to sign up for a free trial. Note: Minted, Zazzle, and other gift sites used to sell personalized stamps, but the USPS discontinued the program in June 2020. You can still send mail with any leftover postage you may have bought previously.SEE ALSO: One of the most formal traditions for wedding invitations dates back to a time when mail was delivered by horse and buggy DON'T MISS: The most luxurious accessory of the 21st century is the handwritten note Join the conversation about this story »
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