Stamp Prices to Rise to 46 Cents This Month

U.S. Postal Service rates are set to increase by one cent on Jan. 27

If you are headed to the post office to buy stamps, you'll soon need to carry an extra penny for each one.

On Jan. 27, stamp prices will increase one cent, from 45 cents to 46 cents, to mail one-ounce letters. Postcard stamps will also see a one-cent increase, from 32 cents to 33 cents. 

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

According to an announcement by the postal service, new postage rates go into effect on Jan. 27, with letter and postcard stamps being affected. The U.S. Postal Service relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations and doesn’t receive tax dollars for operating expenses.

The cost for letters weighing more than one ounce will stay the same, at 20 cents for each additional ounce. Letters less than one ounce mailed anywhere internationally will cost $1.10, the announcement says.

In addition to the rate hike, the postal service also announced that several new shipping services will be available on Jan. 27.

Free tracking will be offered to all competitive packages, including retail Priority Mail and Standard Post. Also, customers shipping Critical Mail letters will have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery, the announcement says.

A large variety of flat-rate boxes and envelopes for Express Mail and Priority Mail, including the padded and legal-sized flat rate envelopes will continue to be offered, according to the postal service.

New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products include:

  • Small box — $5.80
  • Medium box — $12.35
  • Large box — $16.85
  • Large APO/FPO box — $14.85
  • Regular envelope — $5.60
  • Legal envelope — $5.75
  • Padded envelope — $5.95
amy January 20, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Thank you for this article..I would not have known
Keith Bryant January 20, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I just do not understand why they only raise the price by 1cent now it will cost .46 cents per stamp why don't they just raise the price of a stamp to .50 cents and be done with it , and by the way to save money get rid of some the employees that milk the system with overtime. We now have a delivery woman thats delivers our mail on time most mail is at house by 12noon. then our old mailman who still delivers would be out delivering the mail at 5-7 p.m same route way too many hours. this year was first year I gave a Christmas gift because she does a great job and loves delivering the mail not like the old one all he did was complain he was underpaid making 60 grand a year or so. If he doesn't like his job Quite it someone will take it just to work. to the posal service get rid of dead wood and all the O.T. and maybe you could save money. Raise the price to .50cents and be done with it!
a l i January 20, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Why not raise it to 50 cents and call it a day
VoiceofReason January 21, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Why comment? I mean really. Some people want to know that the price of stamps has changed.
VoiceofReason January 21, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I agree. Too many drones milking the system


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