Friday, February 20, 2009


Here are two money saving tips.
We all want, and need, to save every possible way we can.
AARP sponsors a Driver Safety Program. While it use to be just for people over 55 years of age, people of any age are now eligible to take the course.

SOME insurance companies will give you a discount for taking this course. Ours allows us a 10% discount on our car insurance policy, which in our case covers 3 vehicles and our 5th wheel. It was definitely cost effective and worth it to us to spent 8 hours getting this Safe Driving designation.

Be sure and check with your insurance company to see if you can reduce your auto insurance cost by taking this course.


The Forever Stamp

In April of last year, just before the U.S. Post Office was going to raise the cost of a first class stamp from 41 cents to 42 cents, I bought a large supply of these Forever Stamps at the 41 cent cost. So while everyone is currently paying 42 cents to mail a letter mine are only costing me 41 cents.

The U.S. Post Office is once again raising the cost of the first class stamp. This price increase will be from 42 cents to 44 cents. The 44 cent stamp will be required beginning May 11, 2009. Anytime prior to May 11th you can purchase as many of the Forever Stamps for 42 cents a piece as you desire.

I will be able to continue using the current supply of stamps that I purchased for 41 cents each, even at the 44 cent rate. I will also be buying another large supply of the Forever Stamps at the now current price of 42 cents.


  1. Thanks for the news on the increase in postage. I did that the last time and will buy some more now.

  2. I just brought 2 strips of the .42 stamps and got home and heard on the radio the price was going up. I was so mad that I forgot to buy the forever stamps. I'm going to pick some up before May for sure.
    Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Both of these are great news, Susan. We're going to call our ins. carrier and see if it will apply. I think we need to be shopping around anyway.
    I just told Sunny about the stamps. I didn't even know about them.
    I'm loving this blog, learning a lot already!

  4. Wow, Susan, these are two great tips. I think I heard about the safety course, but I certainly did not know about the forever stamps! I'm due to buy more soon and I usually get 100 when I do. Thanks so much.

  5. Hi Susan,
    Both great tips! We took the 8 hr AARP class and it is good for three years. We also save 10% (we have the AARP insurance for both our house and vehicles which also helps save)
    I'm still using my 41¢ forever stamps, but may buy some more before the rate increase.
    Thanks for the reminder!