As most Americans have probably noticed this week, the price of a first-class U.S. postage stamp rose one penny, to 45 cents for the first ounce. This is not a financial strain so much as it is an extreme inconvenience: Your letter could be returned for being one cent short just as quickly as if it had no postage at all.
Unless you’re the type to stockpile one-cent stamps, even those people who were aware of the change and didn’t mind paying an extra penny were stuck. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if we could simply tape a penny to an envelope? But no, you have to go to a post office (or some other outlet that sells stamps) and stand in a long line to buy a new sheet of stamps or a bunch of one-cent stamps.