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Got a Pen Pal? Your Letter-Writing Habit is About to Get Cheaper

April 8, 2016
by Jamie Cattanach
Staff Writer
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When’s the last time you put a letter in the mail?

I mean a real, live, paper one. In an envelope.

If you’re like most of us here in the instant-gratification digital age, it might be hard to remember when. After all, why go through all the trouble of snail mail when you can contact anyone instantly online?

But this weekend, you may find you have more motivation to get out your stationery to write to a more literal pen pal.

The price of stamps will drop this Sunday, April 10, for the first time in almost 100 years.

The Price of Stamps is Going Down

The price cuts won’t be exactly steep, but it’s not like stamps are very expensive to start with.

Postage stamps will drop from 49 cents to 47 cents — two whole pennies to add to your hoarded stash.

Postcard stamps will sell for 34 cents — a single penny’s drop in price.

And finally, international stamps will now be priced at $1.15, instead of the $1.20 long-distance writers pay now.

Stay in Touch — Buy Cheap Stamps

Even though we don’t need to use physical mail anymore, it can be a thoughtful way to reach out to the people you love. And now, it’s even cheaper, so you have no excuse not to drop a line.

“I’m probably the only one of my friends who still knows the price of stamps, because I mail postcards to my four-year-old niece every time I travel,” says TPH staff writer Dana Sitar.

“I thought Forever stamps were a good deal — but this is even more exciting!”

So figure out if you know anyone’s address and see if you can remember how handwriting works. It’s time to get physical!

Psst: If you’re still not satisfied with these cheaper postage prices, check out how we get our stamps even cheaper.

Your Turn: When’s the last time you sent a piece of physical mail?

Jamie Cattanach is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She also writes creative nonfiction and poetry, some of which has been featured in DMQ Review, Sweet: A Literary Confection and elsewhere.

by Jamie Cattanach
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