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Optimal number of stamps for a manila envelope?

atisatis Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
edited September 2008 in College Admissions
Hello all,
I've been obsessing over how many stamps to put on a manila envelope for recommendations and such. Normally, when you mail manila envelopes, you get a specialized stamp from the post office based on weight. But as I need to give envelopes pre-stamped to my teachers/counselors/etc., I was wondering what the optimal number of 42 cent stamps is? Don't want to waste any, but don't want to get my envelopes resent to me by the US Mail!
Also, does anyone know if Princeton minds whether forms are sent in legal size envelopes or manila 9x12" envelopes? I know Stanford is pretty adamant about no folding...
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Replies to: Optimal number of stamps for a manila envelope?

  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    Just put two stamps. The actual cost is 83 cents. Dont stress.
  • atisatis Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Uh, but on USPS the base price for manila envelopes is at least a dollar. 83 cents is the standard size for legal size envelopes.
    I might just end up putting four on each large envelope. Ha ha! What's 42 cents for some extra mental stability...?
  • ShrinkrapShrinkrap Registered User Posts: 11,788 Senior Member
    "83 cents is the standard size for legal size envelopes."

    Where did you get that? I think pay 83 cents for those 5x7 manila envelopes...although it HAS been awhile..
  • atisatis Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Haha, I was unclear. 42 cents is standard first class mail, but things like secondary school reports tend to be extra heavy so extra postage is required.
    The manila envelopes I'm talking about are the huge 9 x 12" ones, where you can put in standard printer size paper without folding it at all.
  • Therifleman62Therifleman62 Registered User Posts: 133 Junior Member
    I only put one stamp on for the application to my dream school, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and they didn't get it in time! I failed to get in there (obviously) and now am stuck at University of Maine at Machias. PLACE AT LEAST 3 STAMPS ON ALL YOUR ENVELOPES AND PAPERS IN CASE THEY FALL OUT. Good luck.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 25,542 Senior Member

    Depending on just exactly how much stuff you jam into those envelopes, the postage can be quite different for different mailings. If you are alert while you are at the Post Office, you can work out how many pages/things need how much postage and then you can put the stamps on at home.
  • ModulationModulation Registered User Posts: 1,877 Senior Member
    ^Hahaha, that's so much better.
  • vballmomvballmom Registered User Posts: 3,135
    S1 needs to give envelopes plus stamps to his GC. Has anyone also gone to the post office to get return receipt forms and attached them as well?
  • J_DTJ_DT Registered User Posts: 118 Junior Member
    You can check online for a postage calculator.
  • princessbellprincessbell Registered User Posts: 2,079 Senior Member
    WEIGH IT!!!!!!

    there are scales for personal usage right when you walk in the post office...you will probably end up saving a lot of money if what you are mailing only costs 1 stamp instead of just putting 2 on everything.
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