Price of stamps going up to 55 cents

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Whether Forever Stamps truly last forever remains to be seen, but they have lasted through the great postal rate hike of 2019.

Those people who by luck or forethought have a desk drawer full of years-old sheets of Forever Stamps will save 5 cents per stamp over those who buy them over the counter at the local post office.

On Sunday, as the U.S. Postal Service put its new price schedule into effect, the cost of one Forever Stamp jumped from 50 cents to 55 cents – the largest price increase by total cents in the history of the Postal Service, according to the Associated Press. Instead of $10, a sheet of 20 stamps now costs $11.

The change also affected prices for flat-rate parcels. The cost of a small flat-rate box jumped from $7.20 to $7.90, while the cost of a large one jumped from $18.90 to $19.95, according to a Postal Service press release.

Meanwhile, the price of some other services remained the same – and, in some cases, even decreased.

For example, the price of a domestic postcard stamp held steady at 35 cents. And the cost for additional ounces in a letter envelope fell from 21 cents per ounce to 15 cents per ounce. In practice, that means a 3-ounce letter that, before Sunday, could’ve been mailed for 92 cents can now be mailed for just 85 cents.

For a full list on new prices for Postal Service products and shipping, consult your local post office.

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