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This holiday season I’m focusing on different and unusual ways you can save money on things that typically have us cringing at the price tag.
One of those items is stamps.
Most people don’t even think about how there just might be a way out there to save money on stamps. Most of us just head to the post office and think – “this is the price” and make the purchase.
But I’ve got a great way you can save money on stamps that I want to share with you today.
HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON STAMPS
Last week we focused on the nitty-gritty I showed you seven awesome ways you could save MASSIVE amounts of money this holiday season. If you missed that post, you can read it here. Make sure you follow the steps so you can stretch your holiday budget as far as it can possibly go!
Because I know many of us will be sending out our usual and customary Christmas card, you’ll need stamps. And, let’s face it, sending cards can get pretty expensive if you have a big list and a lot of cards to send.
But I found a way you can save as much as 10% off the price of stamps. Here’s how:
The going rate for a forever stamp from the U.S. Postal Service is $0.50.
1. BUY DISCOUNTED STAMPS ON EBAY
Here’s how it works: The first step is to get familiar with eBay and the stamp auctions.
You’ll see hundreds of auctions on eBay for unused postage stamps. Like most eBay products, they’re cheaper than the retail price.
You can buy as little as a sheet (20 stamps) or you can buy several dozen rolls (100 stamps) at a time. I recommend buying at least one roll. The larger the lot size, the bigger your discount.
For example, this roll of 100 Forever Stamps sold for $41. That makes the rate per stamp 41 cents — or about a 8% discount.
On top of these savings, when you shop at eBay, you can enroll to earn eBay Bucks on qualifying purchases.
Once enrolled, you automatically earn a percentage of the item price back. When you earn $5 or more in a three-month period, you’ll receive an eBay Bucks Certificate you can use on the site within 30 days.
That’s free money to spend on eBay!
That’s all great, but you can get your stamps even cheaper by stacking deals.
2. MAKE YOUR PURCHASE THROUGH A CASH BACK SITE
As of this writing, the best deal is up to 5% cashback through Ebates.
Once you find the best rebate site, search for Forever Stamps on eBay through that site to earn your rewards. Remember to shop through the Cash Back Portal that has the best offer to get your rebate. If you don’t do this first, you won’t get the rebate.
At 5% cashback on this $41 auction, you’ll save another $2.05. That brings the price per stamp down to $38.95.
If you’re overwhelmed and often forget all about going to the cashback site, download my handy reminder print.
3. USE A REWARD CARD ONLY IF YOU’LL PAY IT OFF IN FULL
This is one of my favorite deal-stacking tips but only if you’re at a place where you can use credit cards and you pay them off each month. If you don’t, don’t use this method or you’ll end up costing yourself more for the stamps than if you just use the top two tips and pay cash.
Save another 1% with your card, and you’re paying only $38.57 for 100 stamps — just 38.57 cents per stamp.
Using last week and now this week’s tips can really begin to add up and help stretch those holiday dollars so they go even further!
I can’t wait to share more tips with you during the holiday season. I’ve got some really great ones coming your way in the next few weeks!