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USPS Stamp Prices to Increase, Yet Again

The debut of the U.S. Postal Service's 46-cent Forever stamps brings rate changes on Jan. 27.

You may want to stock up on Forever stamps sooner instead of later.

The cost to mail a letter is, yet again, set to increase this month.

Rate changes go into effect Jan. 27, according to the U.S. Postal Service, which relies on stamps and other products, rather than taxpayer dollars, to fund operations.

At that time, stamp prices to mail 1-ounce letters will increase one cent each—from 45 to 46. This brings the cost of a standard 20-stamp book up from $9 to $9.20.  

Reuters reports that postal officials have been asking Congress for the green light to increase stamp prices beyond inflation, end Saturday mail delivery and make other changes in order for them to stay in business amidst plummeting mail volumes.

"The agency lost $5.2 billion in the period from April to June," according to Reuters. "Lawmakers have been grappling for more than a year with ways to help the Postal Service return to profitability, but have yet to agree on how to revamp the agency.

Congress is expected to take up postal legislation this year.

Meanwhile, Forever stamps, which can be purchased for 45 cents before the price hike, will remain valid regardless of price changes, according to the U.S. Postal Service.   

The cost for letters weighing more than 1 ounce will stay the same at 20 cents for each additional ounce, according to an announcement from the postal service.

Postcard stamps, too, will also see a one-cent increase, bringing them to 33 cents each. Letters weighing less than an ounce, mailed anywhere internationally, will cost $1.10.

You can use the search tool on the USPS website to find approved postal providers.

 

Kyle Braga January 23, 2013 at 05:32 AM
Just shooting themselves in the foot.
TheOneCalledZed January 23, 2013 at 02:56 PM
I solved this long ago: first, figure out how long you are going to live; second, figure out how many stamps you use each month; third, buy a lifetime supply of "forever" stamps and you'll be able to laugh off all the price increases. Seriously, if I can give somebody an envelope any place in the United States and have it delivered in a couple of days to a specific other place anywhere in the US for LESS THAN A BUCK - that is a brilliant bargain.
Chris St Peter January 24, 2013 at 02:06 AM
I Say Make Mail Delivery Once A Week. Who Would Really Miss It? All I Ever Get Is Junk And An Occasional Bill.
Valerie February 12, 2013 at 04:06 PM
I care and since I'm the one that walks to the mailbox to get it, mind your own business.

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