Not all letters can be mailed for the regular 49 cent first class rate, however using two 49 cent stamps without knowing the actual rate is just wasting money. What to do? Use the USPS tool to easily calculate actual postage rates.
For example, a regular two-ounce letter costs 70 cents. Using “two stamps” means you are paying 98 cents. That’s spending 40% too much!
Pick up some different value stamps next time you are at the post office (they carry lots of different ones). For a 70 cent letter, put on a 49 cent (or forever stamp) and a 21 cent stamp, or another combination that adds up to the same 70 cents.
Generally speaking, you can mail 4-5 pages of regular paper, plus an envelope, for the regular first class (“one stamp”) rate. Heavier paper, rigid or oversized envelopes will cost more. You can get about 10 pages of standard page weight, plus an envelope, for the two ounce rate. Every post office has a scale you can use. Next time you are there, try the different combinations of papers and envelopes that you typically use, so you can learn what weighs what.
Ok, so that’s enough about stamps!
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