“The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you are finished.” (Nelson DeMille)
“The soul would have no rainbow, had the eyes no tears.” (John Vance Cheney)
“Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.” (Jodie Foster)
Do you remember how much first-class postage was when you were growing up? Chances are it was three cents since that was the rate from 1932-58. It jumped to four cents in 1958 and stayed there until a hike to five cents in 1963. In 1968 it went to six cents and eight cents in 1971. Other increases were to 10 (1974), 13 (1975), 15 (1978), 18 (March 1981), 20 (November 1981), 22 (1985), 25 (1988), 29 (1991), 32 (1995), 33 (1999), 34 (2001), 37 (2002), 39 (2006), 41 (2007), 42 (2008), 44 (2009), 45 (2012), 46 (2013) and 49 (2014). In 2016, it actually dropped to 47 cents, but it quickly went back to 49 in 2017, and after jumping to 50 cents in 2018, now stands at 55 cents.
Today, you use Forever Stamps, first-class stamps issued by the United States Postal Service. What makes them special is that they are non-denominational, which means you can buy them at the current first-class postage rate, and they remain valid even if that rate rises in the future.
So if you buy a Forever Stamp at 55 cents per stamp and the first-class postage rate rises to 60 cents per stamp, you save 5 cents for every letter you send.
The first Forever Stamps were issued by the United States Postal Service in 2007. If you had purchased a large number of those stamps at 41 cents, you could still be using them to cover the current rate of 55 cents.
The mother of a large family was explaining why she dressed her children all alike, right down to the youngest baby. “When we had just four children, I dressed them alike so we wouldn’t lose any of them. Now,” she added, looking at her brood of nine, “I dress them alike so we don’t pick up any that don’t belong to us.”
Red Skelton once said, “I get plenty of exercise carrying the caskets of my friends who exercise.”
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