Effective Jan. 26, new postal rates hit the United States. It works out to be about a six-percent increase, both for consumers and for periodicals (newspapers and magazines).
Here’s how it may affect you:
Letters: now 49 cents (3-cent increase) for up to 1 oz.
Letters: 21 cents (1-cent increase) for each additional oz.
International: 1-oz. letters anywhere, now $1.15
Postcards: now 34 cents (up 1 cent)
The rate increases are “a last resort that reflects extreme financial challenges,” writes Mickey Barnett, the Board of Governors Chairman. The challenge: a $20 billion budget gap.
Just a reminder that “Forever” stamps are worth whatever the current postal rate is, so you can still use them for first-class letters.