Postage Goes Up 3 Cents Per Letter
As a new year breaks, so does an increase in your postal rates.
The United States Postal Service will implement price changes, including an increase in the price of a First-Class Mail single-piece letter from 46 cents to 49 cents.
The changes, which take effect Jan. 1, are intended to generate $2 billion in incremental annual revenue for the Postal Service.
Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, effective Jan. 26, 2014 include:
Letters (1 oz.) 3-cent increase to 49 cents
Letters additional ounces 1-cent increase to 21 cents
Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) $1.15
Postcards 1-cent increase to 34 cents
The Postal Service maintains that stamp prices have stayed consistent with the average annual rate of inflation of 4.2 percent since the Postal Service was formed in 1971.