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Price of Stamps Going Up at End of Month

The debut of the U.S. Postal Service's 46-cent Forever stamps brings rate changes on Jan. 27.

It's soon going to cost you an extra penny to mail a letter.

The U.S. Post Office announced recently that the effective Jan. 27, stamp prices will increase one cent to make way for the new 46-cent Forever stamp.

The price to mail a one-ounce letter will increase from 45 cents to 46 cents, but the cost for letters weighing more than one ounce will stay the same, at 20 cents for each additional ounce.

The announcement states letters under one ounce mailed anywhere internationally will cost $1.10 and postcard stamps will also see a one-cent increase, from 32 cents to 33 cents.

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, effective Jan. 27, 2013 include:

  • Letters (1oz.) — 1-cent increase to 46 cents
  • Letters additional ounces — unchanged at 20 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1oz.) — $1.10
  • Postcards — 1-cent increase to 33 cents

Those looking to save a few cents could stock up on the postal service's Forever stamps (costing 45 cents until the one-cent increase on Jan. 27), which are usable even after stamp prices change.

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