A lot of these will fall by the wayside by spring, but here’s one new commitment Americans will have no choice but to keep: paying more for postage.
The Postal Regulatory Commission has approved a 1-cent increase, effective Jan. 27, for mailing first-class letters on Friday, the Associated Press reported. The penny hike raises the price of a first-class domestic stamp — also known as a “Forever” stamp — used to send a one-ounce letter from 45 to 46 cents. Postcards will also cost an extra penny to mail, boosting the price to 33 cents.
The U.S. Postal Service, which proposed the price increase last month, will also debut a global “Forever” stamp, allowing consumers to send mail anywhere in the world for a set price of $1.10. Although the cost of mailing letters internationally varies, the new stamp will raise the price for most locations by 5 cents. Customers whose mail travels to Mexico and Canada will cough up an additional 25 cents, Reuters reported.
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