Recently I have been asked by my friend who is urgently wanted to send a Letter to his grandfather. He asked me that “Bro, How many Stamps Do I need? I wanted to send a letter to my grand father? And I was like wait I need to search this on Google. To my surprise there wasn’t a proper answer about this. So I decided why not to research a little bit about this and write a comprehensive article about the same. So here I am, with an article on How many stamps really I need to send a letter? ohh wait and for package too?
Basically the cost of letter or package totally depends on the size, weight and place of letter you wanted to send. And that what makes it confusing at first, but you don’t need to be. I have explained everything in this article. Let’s get started.
Types of Stamps You Need
There are different stamps for different purpose or cost. Any letter that you send costs a certain amount of money, depending upon the size of letter/package, the weight and the method of delivery (that is First Class, priority or standard). You can pay the exact amount by visiting the post office or you can simply use the stamps to meed the required amount in postage fees. If you want to learn where to buy stamps near to you location refer to this article.
Since the cost is depends on the size of the letter or package, it will be very hard to find the exact weight and size. In this case you can visit any Post office near you and pay the cost straight away. Every post office has weighing machine that can check the weight of letter/packages.
What Stamps to Use?
Once you find the size of your letter or package, it will be very easy to hit the right combination of stamps, because stamps are available in as low as $0.01 to as high as $23.75 for a priority Mail express large envelope. Some other denomination which are available are $0.05, $1, and $10, as well as a variety of Forever stamps that covers some special categories. Check out the detail below:
- Basic First-Class stamps are for standard business-sized or other rectangular envelopes weighing no more than one ounce. These stamps currently cost $0.49 each.
- Additional ounce stamps work in conjunction with First-Class stamps for mail over one ounce. These stamps currently cost $0.21 each.
- Two-ounce stamps cover rectangular mail up to two ounces for $0.70.
- Three-ounce stamps will mail standard-sized rectangular envelopes with contents up to three ounces for $0.91.
- Postcard stamps for standard-sized postcards are $0.34 each; postcards larger than 6” x 4 ¼” need a $0.49 First-Class stamp.
- Non-machinable surcharge stamps are for square envelopes of no more than one ounce, or those of any shape (also no more than one ounce) with contents that make the envelope bulky. Envelopes like these need to be hand-cancelled by the post office and currently cost $0.70 each.
- Almost all wedding invitations fall into the category of non-machinable, and many also weigh more than one ounce due to the enclosures. Wedding invitations typically need $0.91 in stamps, a denomination which is available under the Forever category of three-ounce stamps.
- Global Forever stamps are for international mail, and are sold at the current international first-ounce rate of $1.15.
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Stamps you need to send a letter with Price
(updated for new US Postal Service rates starting Jan 21, 2018)
First Class letter (1 oz): 50¢
First Class letter (2 oz): 71¢
First Class letter (3 oz): 92¢
First Class large envelope (1 oz): $1.00¢
First Class large envelope (2 oz): $1.21
First Class large envelope (3 oz): $1.42
Priority Mail (Flat rate envelope): $6.70
Priority Mail (Small Flat rate box): $7.20
Priority Mail (Medium Flat rate box): $13.65
Priority Mail (Large flat rate box): $18.90
Media Mail (1 lb): $2.66
Media Mail (2 lbs): $3.17