(Closed) Postage Change

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale

I think you need to be safe and use the forever stamps!! That’s what I would do.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We used forever stamps- for everything. Honestly, no one is going to pay attention to what stamps you use for response cards. You don’t want your guests to have to add a stamp to mail it back 🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m in the same boat as you.  You want to make this as easy on your guests as possible so they actually send them back and you don’t have to track them all down.

 

I’m using the forever stamps.  Actually I just bought them today!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I think that you’re going to end up with the tail end of your RSVPs – and yes, quite a few people do wait until the last week to mail them back – either returned to your guests for insufficient postage, or held for you at the post office with postage due, or simply not mailed until even later, as your guests carry them around in their purses day after day not quite getting to the post office to add more stamps.  Honestly, a lot of people won’t even know about the postage change until a few weeks after it happens.  Most people do so much banking and billpay online that they hardly ever mail anything, which doesn’t help as far as realizing there has been a postage change. 

Anyway, I’m with the previous recommendations – I would use a forever stamp, or otherwise try to provide postage that is good until at least a week after your have requested the RSVPs.  You may find that you can get the new stamps from USPS online prior to them being available at your post office.  That is usually the case.  Another kind of fun option is to get older stamps (eBay is a good place) that can be combined in sets of two to make up the correct postage.  Stamps from the 1980s are not rare enough to be expensive, and you can often buy them in multiple whole sheets, which means that even with shipping and handling you don’t end up paying much more than their face value.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t pay attention to stamps. We plan to use Forever stamps… and the sentiment is nice anyway… "forever"….

What is up with the USPS? Every year the postage goes up and every year they say "This is the last time" … Forever stamps are definitely the way to go in my book!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Our RSVPs are also going to be due May 15th, and we went with the forever stamps on them. I didn’t want to risk not having some of them delivered because of the rate increase.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

We’re not sending out our invitations until well after the rate change but we’re having both addresses be our address, so if it’s returned for insuffiecent postage it will come to us either way. Just a thoght. 🙂
I have VERY specific stamps that I want to use but as of right now they won’t be released until AFTER our RSVP date. 🙁 **POUT**

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

Is it only the $.42 stamp that is being raised or are all the stamps raising in price?  I am doing a postcard RSVP so the stamp is only supposed to be $.27 but I have the same dilemma.  Our invites are going out April 26 and we want them returned by June 1st.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would use forever stamps for the response cards as well. I would hate for the guests to get the cards returned to them for insufficient postage!  

 

@GaBgal – I have never heard of the Post Office saying that they would never raise their rates again.  That does not make sense.  Postage is how they pay for their employees, etc.  However, there is a law in place that keeps them from raising their rates above inflation.  When they raise their rates, it is simply to pay for the ever growing costs (due to inflation) of all the other things they must pay for.  In the grand scheme of things 44 cents is very small when you can mail something across the country in 2-3 days.  

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@naangel55 – the postcard rate will also be going up.  It is going from to $.28. I don’t know if your postcard is too small, but you might have to add $.1 stamps to the $.27 stamps since the new stamps won’t be released until after the 11th. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

mandalynn– thanks, that makes sense! I must of misunderstood that they will only increase postage rates once a year or something. It’s still really annoying!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

for the invite itself i got LOVE 59 cents and for the return – i just wanted to be safe so i got FOREVER.  no one really cares (except for the bride, herself) so i sucked it up and got them.  they are ugly and we save 2 dollars (per 100 invites) but i thought putting 42 cents + 2 cent stamp is just as ugly (because the 2 cent stamp is not pretty).

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

i’m going with the forever stamp to be safe and keep costs low.

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