There are alternatives to making the traditional trip to the post office or paying for the postage meter. Online services provide postage at minimal cost.
Stamps.com is very easy to use with a very modest monthly fee and of course the cost of postage. It can link directly to one’s online address book or even the practice management system. It is easy to print postage on envelopes and postage with labels for both letters and packages.
The postage cost is charged to the credit card. One can track usage and print out a report of exactly where each penny of postage went.
The alternative is USPS.com, which is run by the U.S. Postal Service. There is no monthly fee. However, this does have several additional steps when it comes to printing out stamps or mailing labels with postage for packages. One advantage is that USPS will pickup outgoing mail and packages.