Stamp Prices to Go Up This Month

The U.S. Postal Service is raising stamp prices.


Now is a good time to stock up on forever stamps, because the cost of mailing a letter will increase 1 cent more starting January 27.

Right now, a stamp to mail a first-class letter of up to 1 oz. costs 45 cents if it goes through the U.S. Post Office.

If you’re using a 45 cent stamp to mail packages, you will need to add an additional 1 cent stamp after January 27, but forever stamps will be good regardless of postage increases now or in the future.

New Forever Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service is also unveiling a new kind of forever stamp.This one will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world. The price will be $1.10.

Postcard Postage Increase

The postage price for mailing a postcard will also go up 1 cent to 33 cents. They don’t have forever stamps to postcards.

Do you mail a lot of letters? Have email and online bill pay drastically reduced your use of the postal service? Will this postage increase push you toward online bill pay and more communication without the postal service? Share your opinion in the comments area below.

Shirley January 08, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Baby boomers seem most likely to stick with the tried and true way of doing things. Besides, we have routines. And for me, the old-fashioned way of paying bills with checks is a physical therapy activity since my stroke. While my bank does not charge for over-the-transom bill payment, the creditor does, which charge is also subjected to fees, taxes, transaction percentages, etc. So at this point in time, paying by check is still the least expensive way to go plus it has the therapy upsides which I need. I am totally against paying electronically because that is just one more thing that can get hacked.
CalbernDontLie January 08, 2013 at 04:07 PM
The mail is dead anyway. Might as well make a stamp 5 bucks, electronic payments are much more efficient and environmentally friendly. Paper bill pay should be illegal or have a processing fee to help prevent all the waste destroying the planet to truck around a stupid letter.
Debbie Thomas January 08, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Mail is dead? Have you been to the Roxborough post office lately? Whenever I go there's a long line. People should always have choice and should not be forced into paying electronically. I pay bills both ways. As far as your wanting to do away with paper bill pay altogether because of harm to the environment, cars do damage to the environment. Should we do away with them too?
Alicia Clay January 08, 2013 at 10:11 PM
I too bank online and rarely use the US Postal Service to pay bills. But, I must say there is still a smile that crosses my face when I receive a holiday card or a letter from a friend via the US Postal service in my mailbox! And how come we don't make the "TRASH MAILERS" pay more for what they send us? I don't want it anyway!
CalbernDontLie January 09, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Yeah and focus on public transportation.


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