Can I continue to use 32-cent stamps? Yes, you can use the 32-cent stamp on a first-class mail; however, you must pay 23 cents in postage. The cost of first-class mail postage is 55 cents. Yes, but first-class postage for a mail weighing up to one ounce is presently 55 cents. However, if your letter exceeds one ounce in weight, then first-class postage will be based on the larger parcel post rate of $1.10.
The reason why you must pay 23 cents in postage when using a 32-cent stamp is because the government needs money to run programs and services for all its citizens. In order to do this, they must keep costs down by not spending any more than they bring in through taxes. If everyone started using only 55-cent stamps, there would be no way for the government to provide those services!
So yes, you can still use 32-cent stamps. Just make sure you send something that does not exceed one ounce so you can save some money on postage.
Postage stamps in the United States are valid in perpetuity. A 39-cent stamp will always be worth 39 cents. Because the current price for mailing a 1 ounce first class letter is 55 cents, any combination of stamps totaling 55 cents or more is enough. However, if the cost of sending a letter increases to 65 cents or more, then a 1 ounce first class letter must include a $1 stamp.
Yes. US postage stamps are good forever. The current postage to mail a 1 ounce first class letter is 55 cents, so any combination of stamps that totals 55 cents or more is sufficient. Many people choose to buy multiple letters at time in order to get a better deal.
Here are some tips for saving money on your letters:
Use postcards instead of letters. Postcards cost 35c each in the United States. That's less than half the price of a first-class letter!
Use the postal service like a bank. Deposit checks into your account and write a check against it. Each month add any new bills to your account until everything is paid off. Then continue doing this every month until it's gone.
Join a mailing list. Companies send out newsletters with special offers all the time. Sign up for these things, but don't spend all your time checking email. Unsubscribe from some things and only subscribe to ones that interest you.
Get a package forwarding service. With this service, the post office will hold your mail for a small fee. When your mail comes in again, it will be sent to another address of your choice. This can be useful if you move often or if you go on vacation and want to save money by having your mail forwarded.
How much does a first-class stamp cost? A First Class stamp costs 76p for a letter weighing up to and including 100g, whereas a big letter of the same weight costs PS 1.15. First Class stamps for bulky letters weighing up to 250g cost PS 1.50. There are different prices for stamps in other countries but these are the UK prices.
What kinds of mail are available for first class postage? First class letters, packages and postal cards can all be sent at first class rates. These items must weigh no more than 10kg and should be sent to one address. Items over this limit may have to be sent by standard post or courier service.
What happens if I send an item that weighs more than 10kg? An extra charge will apply to heavy items. The postage rate for heavier items is called "second-class" or "standard post". This varies depending on how far you are from a main post office. If you're close to one of ours, then we'll offer you a special second-class postage price. Otherwise, you should expect to pay standard second-class rates.
If you want your item to arrive faster, we can also ship it express. This service will add $5 to your order total for letters up to 1kg and $10 for each additional kg. Maximum package weight is 10kg.