Where to Buy Postage Stamps

Q:

Where to buy postage stamps?

A:

The Post Office is probably the first place that comes to mind when you think about buying stamps. It has everything you need to get your letter or package off to where it needs to be.  However, there are many other places that sell stamps. You don’t always have to visit the Post Office for your postage needs.

Here is a list of place that sell stamps:

  • ATM: Some ATMs offer the option to purchase stamps at the machine. When the ATM asks for the type of transaction you want to make (i.e. deposit, withdrawal, etc), there will be an option to select “Purchase Stamps”. The cost of the stamps will come out of your bank account if you choose to purchase stamps at the ATM. The machine will dispense the stamps similar to how cash comes out of the ATM. Be sure to review the price of the stamps before you complete the purchase. Banks often tack on a fee for ATM stamps, which may not make this an economical purchase. However, many ATMs are open 24/7, which provides an element of convenience to buying stamps there.
  • Grocery Stores: Grocery stores commonly sell stamps at the registers and/or at the service desk. Grocery stores like Kroger, Publix, and Meijer often have stamps available for their customers when requested. Inquire at your local grocery store to see if they carry stamps.
  • Drug Stores: The big chain stores like Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS commonly have stamps. Ask the cashier and they will assist you with your purchase. You will likely be charged above face value for the stamps so be prepared to pay this fee.
  • USPS.com: You are able to order stamps online or by calling the U.S. Postal Service at 1-800-782-6724. A small fee will apply when ordering online or by phone.
  • Office Supply Stores: Office supply stores like Office Depot and Staples commonly have stamps in stock. This makes sense since they sell envelopes and other mailing supplies.
  • Supercenters: Walmart and Target typically sell stamps. Check at the register or the customer service desk.
  • 7-11: Some 7-11 stores sell stamps in booklets of 20 stamps or single stamps. You will have to ask the cashier at your local 7-11 if they sell stamps since not all stores carry them.
  • Banks: It might not seem like the obvious place, but banks often carry stamps. Some of the banks that have been known to sell stamps are Wells Fargo, Bank of America, TD Bank, and U.S. Bank. Check with your local bank teller to see if they carry stamps.
  • Gas Stations: Some gas stations sell stamps. It is just a matter of finding one. If you are in a pinch for stamps, you might want to try a nearby gas station. It might be hit or miss, but it is often convenient option when available.
  • Amazon.com: Amazon seems to sell just about everything and stamps are no exceptions. You can order various quantities and styles of stamps on Amazon, but you will pay over face value on most purchases.
  • Post Office: We highly recommend going to the Post Office to obtain your stamps. The Post Office will not charge you a fee and they often allow 24/7 access to purchase stamps at a one of their automated machines. You can see an example of how to purchase stamps at a Post Office machine below: