How Much Is a Forever Stamp Worth in 2020?

Deirdre O'Donoghue Deirdre O'Donoghue  |  September 3, 2019

Diamonds are forever. And so are the USPS Forever Stamps.

Sending mail can get pricey, especially when sending in bulk. The price of a Forever Stamp is locked in at the time of purchase and can be used for an infinite amount of time.

All of this information used to be common sense, but with email, text, and social media platforms, it’s become less imperative to know about stamps. However, snail mail isn’t going away and knowing the information will only help you when you inevitably have to mail something.

How much is a forever stamp worth?

Almost every year the price of stamps increases. The Forever Stamp incentivizes people to buy stamps in bulk because they never expire and the price you pay will be less if you wait another year.

For example, if you bought a Forever Stamp in 2006 you would’ve paid $0.39. Say you never used the stamp and now, in 2020, you’re looking to send a thank you note to a friend. Since Forever Stamps don’t expire, you can use it. You also save $0.16, since the Forever Stamp is now worth $0.55.

Sure, $0.16 doesn’t seem like a lot, but when mailing thousands of letters, that number adds up fast. Knowing how to save money on shipping will only help you in the long-run. Most commonly Forever Stamps come in books.

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Forever Stamps have been around since 2011, they save you money by never expiring and they save the post offices money because they don’t have to collect and destroy old stamps and create new ones.

How do forever stamps work?

Forever Stamps are most commonly used to mail normal-sized, one-ounce letters within the United States. If you have more than just a card in the envelope, weigh the piece of mail and purchase additional postage.

TIP: Don’t just put another Forever Stamp on the envelope, instead you can pay per additional ounces which is $0.15 per ounce.

Forever Stamps are simple to use. All you have to do is stick your Forever Stamp on your one-ounce piece of mail and boom, you’re good to send you mail on its merry way.

Other forever stamp rates

As you’ve read, the most common Forever Stamp use case is for the normal-sized, one-ounce letter. But the post office offers more Forever Stamps for different types of mail.

forever stamp rates

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You’ve got (snail)mail

Learning the logistics behind the prices of stamps will help you save money in the long-run. It may seem like no one uses snail mail anymore, but truth is, it’s not going away.

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Deirdre O'Donoghue

Deirdre O’Donoghue is a Senior Content Marketing Specialist at G2. She brings her passion for research and creativity to her writing. In her free time you can find Deirdre fostering puppies or exploring the Chicago foodie scene. (she/her/hers)

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