The 44 cent stamp won't pay the freight...put a 1 cent stamp on the envelope as well!

As of this morning, it now costs 45 cents to mail a first class letter. So, how do you deal with it?

The "old" 44 cent stamp, plus a 1 cent stamp?

A "Forever Stamp" which the post office has been issuing for the last few years?

Go through drawers for unused and long-forgotten postage stamps!  Isn't that almost the same as "free?" It also makes for a colorful envelope that may grab the attention of your letter carrier!

Remember: If the envelope doesn't have 45 cents postage on it...it will come back to you for postage due. But...doesn't it cost the post office more than the 1 cent difference to return the envelope for 1 cent?  Sorry, I digress.

Click here for the new postage rates. BEWARE! More than just the first class mail rates have gone up!

This New Jersey stamp commemorates the 300th anniversary of the English colonization of the state.  It shows Philip Carteret landing at Elizabethtown, in front of a map of the Garden State.   The design is taken from a mural by Howard Pyle, in the Essex County Courthouse in Newark.  First day of issue: June 15, 1964, in Elizabeth New Jersey.