If you use stamps sparingly but still need some, your best bet would be to purchase the Forever Stamps if you don’t use them often. I generally send notes to people and just can’t bring myself to buy the plain looking stamps. Plus, a book of 10 or 20 stamps vanish quickly when I am sending out notes.
The interesting stamps and the Forever Stamps cost the same amount, since I am not keeping the Forever Stamps forever, buying the attractive ones suits me. For sporadic users of stamps or other items that are used infrequently, purchase what you will use and what you like.
Since regular stamps cost the same amount the choice of design is up to you. What about other items such as paper towels or ice cream? When there is a difference in price but you have a preference – what should you choose? When the price is considerably more expensive, the choice becomes more difficult. For one or two items this doesn’t make much of a difference but when you purchase several items that cost “just a little more,” the prices add up and can increase your bill by $10% or more.
It all boils down to what do you really want and will you use it? I have used Forever Stamps, but since stamps don’t last very long when you buy 10 or 20 the choice isn’t that big of a deal, since the price is the same. If I had to pay an additional 2¢ on each decorative stamp, then the less costly ones might become more attractive.
Watch the little upgrades in things that you buy; a generic item may suit you and save you lots of cash!