If you buy postage stamps to use on mail there are a few ways you can save time and money while adding personality to outgoing mail.
You have a few options depending on whether you are looking for the latest issued forever postage stamps or care more about saving some money and are willing to go back to the lick 'em & stick 'em method of putting modern US postage stamps on envelopes.
Modern US stamps like those pictured above are perfectly good for using as postage on mail - in fact, you could use mail going back to the 1860's. All stamps since the Civil War are still valid for postage, even rare US stamps.
Believe it or not, most stamp dealers will sell postage stamps for use on mail at moderate to substantial discounts to face value. Stamp auctions are another place to find discount postage in bulk.
Why do old stamps sell at a discount?
High Supply - Collectors have been hoarding stamps since the 1930s collecting boom
Low Demand - Mail & stamp use is down
Taste - No one likes licking gummed stamps!
Time - It takes longer to put three 15 cent stamps on an envelope than a single 45 cent stamp
What about current or custom postage stamps?
Buying the newest postal issues can be a great way to keep your mail new and interesting. Similarly, Customized Stamps can be another way to add fun and personality to an envelope.
The easiest way to buy the latest postal issues is directly from the post office - either in person or online. If you are lucky and diligent you may also be able to find new stamps at a decent price online at sites like eBay.
What if I just want my own pictures on stamps?
One of the best stamp innovations of the past 25 years is the ability to use your own digital pictures to quickly and easily make personalized postage stamps.
If you're not familiar, check out these stories and pictures of other readers custom postage stamps. I love reading these and have made quite a few photo postage stamps myself. They're fun and really don't cost that much more than a regular stamp.