Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Saving on postage

It's official: On May 12 postage rates are going up yet again. The good news is that it's only a one cent increase and there are ways to save. Here are some ideas to cut how much you spend on postage:

1. Use online bill pay. Many banks offer this free with their checking accounts. (If yours doesn't, you might want to check out the ING Direct Electric Orange. My thoughts about ING Direct are posted here.)

2. Buy Forever stamps. In case you haven't heard, Forever stamps may be bought at the current first-class postage price, but may be used no matter how much the postage rate has increased since. The postal service is stocking five billion Forever stamps in preparation for an increased demand.

3. Use email to keep in touch with friends and family. I'm guessing most of us do this anyway, but this is a great reminder. If you really want to send a handwritten note, why not send a postcard--it's still 15¢ cheaper than a letter.

4. Submit rebates online when possible. Walgreens offers online rebate submission for Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. RiteAid also offers online submission.

5. Research other ways to send packages: UPS, Fed-Ex Ground, etc.

How are you planning to save on postage? Do you even use stamps these days?