There is a falsehood that stamp collecting can cost a great deal of money. You can actually get started in this hobby without putting out much funding. If you want to get started but you are on a budget, there are some tips that can help you to get off the ground.
1. Commemorative Stamps
If you are getting regular mail from family then ask them to use the limited edition stamps. These are far more collectible and it does not cost as much as trying to buy an entire set on your own. When you send mail such as self-addressed stamped envelopes, use these as well. Sure, you have to spend the money on the stamp, but you would have to do this anyway. At least you get the stamp back and can add it to your collection.
2. Getting Stamps for Free
You can ask those in your life to look out for any unusual stamps that they may get. Have them keep the entire envelope if possible so you can carefully remove the stamp. The more people you get involved in this endeavor the more interesting stamps you may find. Some people receive mail from over seas, which can get your collection moving towards the international sphere. All of this is done for absolutely no cost to you.
3. Speak to Older Relatives
Many elder relatives have saved mail from the times before when it was more popular to send hand written letters. That is one disadvantage to being a collector today; email is so popular and fast that people have given up on letter writing. Those who were around before email tended to save special letters and they may allow you to remove the stamps from the envelopes when they find out you are a collector. You can get some real treasures this way and again, the cost is minimal as you only pay for your travel expenses.
As you can see, there are some great ways to start a stamp collection without taking out a second mortgage. There are many people who have stamps that they can give to you and all you have to do is go and get them. A stamp collection can grow to be worth much more that you ever put into it and you can use it to fund your children’s college fund or for an heirloom for their children.