To begin, the price of a stamp is going up on January 27. It is currently $0.45 to mail a letter and next week it'll bump up to $0.46. Even though the cost of stamps keep going up, I am a real lover of snail mail and have always marveled at just how cheap it is to mail a letter. I mean, I pop an envelope into the mailbox at the end of my driveway on a Monday morning. By Wednesday, it has flown to Chicago where Jaisa or Charlie will pick it up from their condo's mailbox bank when they get home from work. Or by Tuesday, it could be in New York and my mom will be opening it up. Or to my friend Jen in Miami and on and on. Call me old fashioned. I still love snail mail. Anyway, the point is, buy your Forever stamps now before they go up one whole cent by next week...
...and speaking of buying stamps, I have bought stamps online for most of my adult life. When I lived in Boston, Seattle, & Brooklyn, I didn't want to wait in the long lines at the urban post offices. When I moved out here, I realized that I am a 15 minute drive to the closest post office and kept up the practice of shopping at USPS.com for my stamps and waiting for them to ship to my door. The shipping fee is inexpensive (seems to depend on where you are but is usually around a dollar) and I buy them in bulk about once a year which means I never have to search around for a stamp.
Last year I bought a mixture of beautiful sailboat stamps (sadly no longer available) and "Go Green" stamps, which I realized too late came off as a bit preachy every time I mailed a letter. This year's stamps were mostly uninspiring to me (I am in no rush to pick up commemorative statehood stamps for states 3 time zones away or Indy 500 stamps), so I went with a classic LOVE stamp.
Anybody nutty like me in support of the US Post Office and snail mail? Or have you not bought a stamp in years?