Get ready for another postage increase on Monday.
Come Monday, postage for a first-class letter will rise to 41 cents. The last increase also was a 2-cent bump in January 2006.
For Mary Bermudez, 67, standing in line at the downtown Post Office Thursday, mailing is her communication method of choice since she isn't computer-savvy.
"The first stamp I can remember was a 3-cent stamp," Bermudez said. "It has gone up so many times. It's really ridiculous. Oh, well."
Bermudez had come to buy 2-cent stamps to use with leftover 39 cent stamps. She also bought a supply of the USPS' new "forever stamp."
The forever stamp, available since April 12, can be used regardless of future price hikes.
It proved a popular buy for customers at the 401 Franklin post office Thursday.
Andrew T. Gardener was purchasing rolls of new stamps Thursday.
He suggested the post office sell advertising on stamps similar to billion-dollar businesses like McDonald's.
"It would save the consumer. It's worth a try," Gardener said. "I think they need to be creative to come up with ideas to subsidize the cost."