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First-Class Stamps Rise to 49 Cents Today

You'll need 3 cents more to buy first-class stamps, including Forever stamps, beginning today, Sunday. Any Forever stamps you bought before are still good – they increase in value automatically.

A temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp has been OK'd bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on by the 2008 economic downturn. Courtesy USPS/PRNewswire
A temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp has been OK'd bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on by the 2008 economic downturn. Courtesy USPS/PRNewswire
By Greg Hambrick


Today, Jan. 26, the cost of a first-class postage stamp will rise to 49 cents from 46 cents, according to the U.S. Postal Service

A book of first-class, one-ounce stamps will cost $9.80. Forever Stamps purchased before the increase will still be valid for all one-ounce letters. 

The U.S. Postal Service’s regulator approved the increase of about 6 percent, but rejected a request for a permanent increase.

According to the USPS, the increases 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 rate increase is supposed to boost the USPS' revenue by $2.8 billion in two years to recoup losses suffered in 2008 and 2011, according to the Washington Post

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