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Postage Increase: How Much Does It Cost to Mail a Letter Now

The U.S. Postal Service's increase for the cost of a first-class stamp is the largest hike for consumer postage in more than a decade.

On Sunday, Jan. 26, the cost to mail a first-class single-piece letter jumps from 46 cents to 49 cents. Credit: Special
On Sunday, Jan. 26, the cost to mail a first-class single-piece letter jumps from 46 cents to 49 cents. Credit: Special
By Judy Putnam 

The cost to mail a first-class single-piece letter jumped Sunday, Jan. 26, from 46 cents to 49 cents .

The U.S. Post Office's 3-cent increase is the largest hike for consumer postage in more than a decade.

The cost of mailing a post card also went up to 34 cents, a 1-cent increase.

The announcement of the increase in postage rates came Monday, Dec. 30, The increase will help the budget deficit that the USPS has been dealing with in recent years.

An announcement on the USPS website said that "The Governors of the Postal Service voted Sept. 24 to seek price increases above the typical annual increases associated with changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI)."

If you've got a stock of Forever Stamps stashed away, you're in good shape. A book of 20 stamps Sunday rose from $9.20 to $9.80.

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

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