The price of postage stamps increased on Sunday for the third time in nearly 17 months. Costs to send a letter by certified mail and insure packages will also increase.

Inflation has pushed prices higher on just about everything and the U.S. Postal Service says the first-class mail increase of about 4.2% will “offset the rise in inflation.”

  • Effective Jan. 22, USPS will also increase money order fees and rental fees for P.O. boxes.
Postage price increases

With the new rates, postage for a 1-ounce letter is 63 cents, up from 60 cents.

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  • Metered 1-ounce letters are 60 cents, up from 57 cents.
  • Postcards sent domestically are 48 cents, up from 44 cents.
  • International postcards and 1-ounce letters are $1.45, a 5-cent increase.
  • The certified mail fee, which is in addition to postage and other fees, increases from $4 to $4.15. The fee with an adult signature increases 45 cents from $10.35 to $10.80.
Forever stamp price increase

The Postal Service first started selling Forever stamps in 2007, when they cost 41 cents.

Forever stamps help lock in current prices to avoid feeling the impact of rate increases.

  • Someone with the original 2007 Forever stamps is saving 22 cents with every letter they mail after Sunday.
  • And if you still have 2018 Forever stamps that cost 50 cents each, you’ll save 13 cents with the old stamps.
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