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# How many ounces is a piece of paper?

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A standard sheet of paper measuring 8.5 by 11 inches weighs 0.16 ounces. Knowing the weight of paper is useful in applying the correct postage to a letter, as the US Postal Service charges for postage based on the number of ounces being mailed.

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Factoring in the weight of the envelope, it is possible to mail five pages of letter-sized paper and still pay the lowest possible postage for up to one ounce. One may mail six additional pages in the same envelope and only have to pay for one additional ounce of postage.

Numerous thicker paper formats are available, including paper commonly used to print books and covers. When working with these types of paper, calculating the total weight of a document is essential to determine the correct postage.

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Typically speaking, using regular notebook paper and a single envelope, 4 to 5 sheets of paper can be mailed while staying under 1 ounce. The United States Postal Service charges one stamp per ounce for letters. Using heavier paper or a thicker envelope will result in a much higher weight, which means less sheets of paper can be mailed using only one stamp.

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The number of pages that can mailed with one first class stamp depends on the weight of the paper and the envelope but is typically between five and 20 pieces of paper. The maximum weight for a letter sent with a first class stamp is 3.5 ounces, including the envelope.

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A postcard is a piece of thin cardboard or thick paper intended for writing and mailing without using an envelope. People use postcards to send messages and pictures to their loved ones anywhere. Postcards are also used by businesses to send messages to customers.