How to Buy Postage Stamps

By Techwalla Contributor

Some people feel they have to go to the post office and stand in line to get postage stamps. Here are some time-saving alternatives if you want to avoid long lines at your local post office.

Step 1

Purchase books of postage stamps at the grocery store. Stamps are sometimes available at the check-out counter. In other stores, you can purchase them at the customer service desk. Oftentimes, there is a nominal fee for purchasing a book of stamps at the grocery store.

Step 2

Order online at the Postal Store (shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TopCategoriesDisplay?storeId=10052&catalogId=10001) for delivery right to your home or office. Take your time in selecting the types of stamps you need, give your credit card number, and within days, the stamps will be sent directly to you. At the time of publication, there is a $1 service fee for this transaction, but it beats waiting in line.

Step 3

The next time you are buying in bulk out at Sam's Club (samsclub.com/sams/search/searchResults.jsp?searchCategoryId=all&searchTerm=stamps&fromHome=yes&_requestid=203956), pick up a roll or book of stamps too. You can buy stamps at the store or online without a surcharge.

Step 4

Some malls have Philatelic centers, as do some of the larger post offices, which accept passport applications and sell mail-related products, including stamps. It is faster than the regular post-office line, but it can get backed up if many people are applying for passports.

Step 5

You can buy online at Stamps.com. The company, authorized by the U.S. Postal Service, offers stamps, mailing labels and other postal products. At the time of publication, the company ships a digital postal scale, and you only have to pay for shipping. To purchase stamps and products, you have to register online with the company.