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How many stamps do I need for a small package?

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How many stamps do I need for a small package?

Generally, when people think of mailing stuff, they believe only envelopes or invitations need stamps. Have you ever thought that your small packages can also be sent with stamps besides wedding invitations? So, what kind of packages can you send with stamps? What types of stamps can be used to send packages? How many stamps do I need to send a package? 

What kind of packages can be sent with stamps?

You can send domestic packages up to 13 ounces with regular USPS First-Class stamps. Such packages must comply with the full-size rules, which means that the combined length and girth of the package (height times 2 plus width times 2) cannot exceed 108 inches.The cost of shipping a USPS First-Class package depends on the weight and zip code area. Currently, you can ship packages weighing 1 to 3.5 ounces for $4 and packages weighing 13 ounces for $7.05. You can buy First-Class stamps worth 60 cents and less expensive section stamps worth 1 to 10 cents. You can also buy more expensive stamps valued from $1 to $26.95.You will need to combine the weight of the package with the delivery area to purchase the appropriate postage for your USPS First-Class package. If you only have a specific type of stamp available, you may pay more postage for your package.
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What types of stamps can be used to mail packages?

In theory, your package can be delivered to its destination as long as it has sufficient postage, regardless of which stamp you use. For as little as $0.60, you can ship a one-ounce package anywhere in the US, and it will be delivered within 1-3 days! The first $0.60 is for up to 1 ounce. After that, the price increases by $0.24 per ounce up to 3.5 ounces.

Specify the category of the shipment you wish to send. There are 3 standard mail classes – Ground, Priority, and First. When deciding which one is best for your needs, consider both the weight of your mailings and the speed you need to get to your destination. That way, you’ll be better able to buy enough stamps.

Items sent by Grand mail (sometimes referred to as “standard mail”) usually arrive within 2-8 business days. This is the cheapest and most helpful shipping method.

With Priority Mail, delivery is guaranteed within 1-3 days. You can ship it in a flat-rate envelope or box for a flat fee regardless of weight (up to 70 lbs (32 kg)). The USPS has also issued Monument Valley stamps as Priority Mail stamps, so you can order these stamps directly. There is also the issue of Palace of Fine Arts stamps as Priority Mail Express stamps. The price is high, but it saves time and effort to calculate.

First Class Mail also usually ships within 1-3 days, but items are limited to 13 ounces (370 grams). Heavier shipments require additional postage. You can usually use either Forever Stamps direct or Forever Stamps plus small denomination stamps to achieve the postage. You can also choose the 84-cent stamp for 2 ounces or the $1.08 stamp for 3 ounces.

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How many stamps do I need to send a small package?

Once postage is determined by the weight of the package and the destination, find your stamp and affix enough to cover postage to your destination. If you use forever stamps, remember that you can make up any shortfall with a partial postage stamp without having to use another large-denomination stamp.

Divide the postage price by the price of a forever stamp. Let us say the calculator sends you a $5.04 package, and you only have forever stamps worth 60 cents each. In this case, you can divide $5.04 by 60 cents and get about 8.4 stamps. If you cannot get stamps, you will need to collect nine Forever Stamps ($5.40) and affix them to your package to be successfully mailed.

Alternatively, you can use eight forever stamps ($4.80) plus a partial stamp worth 24 cents each to avoid paying too much postage. You can buy regular stamps and some postage stamps at the post office, on the USPS website, or at boutique stamp sites like Foreverstampstore.

For some USPS First-Class packages, you can see a postal worker pick them up or drop them in a USPS mailbox without going to the post office. Note, however, that USPS may return packages that do not have sufficient postage, which may cause shipping delays. Therefore, check the stamps used against the postage price charged.

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Save your time and effort with the USPS Shipping Calculator

If the shipping area and weight of the package are known, you can access the USPS rate table online to determine the postage cost. To avoid problems with possible miscalculations, I recommend using the USPS shipping calculator to determine an accurate price.

To access the USPS shipping calculator, go to and select Calculate Price from the Quick Tools menu. Enter the zip code of the destination and shipping location, then select the option to calculate the price based on the shape and size of the package.

Enter the weight of the package and select the Parcel or Large Package option, depending on the package size. USPS may ask you to enter a specific size before displaying a price list where you can find prices for First-Class shipments.

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