On Sunday, it will cost a penny more to mail letters to locations in the U.S. The new price increase will affect first-class mail, standard mail, periodicals, package services and extra services.
Highlights of the new single-piece first-class mail pricing, effective Sunday, include:
• Letters (1 oz.) ― 1 cent increase to 45 cents
• Letters additional ounces ― unchanged at 20 cents
• Postcards ― 3 cent increase to 32 cents
• Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) ― 5 cent increase to 85 cents.
• Letters to other international destinations ― 7 cent increase to $1.05
“This is the first price change for first-class mail stamps in more than two and a half years,” said Lionel Rivera, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe/A6XM postal operations branch public affairs officer.
The Forever stamps are sold at the first-class mail stamp postage rate at the time they are purchased. The advantages of a Forever stamp to the consumer include the ability to stock up on first class postage at the current rate and use them until your supply is exhausted.
“As postage rates increases, it is no longer necessary to buy 1 or 2 cent stamps to add to the old postage stamp,” Rivera said.
For example, Forever stamps purchased prior to Sunday are valid for the full 45 cent first-class postage rate, despite having been purchased for 44 cents.
Visit your local post office to purchase the Forever Stamps.
“If you are looking for a specific stamp, the USPS Postal Store (online) offers a great selection of Forever stamps and they can still be purchased for 44 cents until Jan. 22,” Rivera said.
The postal service offers coils, booklets and holiday stamps with almost 85 percent of its stamp program being Forever stamps.
For more information, visit the USPS Postal Store website at https://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TopCategoriesDisplay?langId
POSTAL FACT: Since the first Forever stamp, featuring the Liberty Bell, was issued in April 2007, 28 billion Forever stamps have been sold, resulting in $12.1 billion in total revenue. For more information, visit http://money.cnn.com/2010/12/29/news/companies/usps_forever_stamps/index.htm.