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New Stamp Prices in Effect

The U.S. Postal Service is now charging a penny more for regular letters.

South Tampa-Hyde Park residents hoping a drop a few letters into the mail this morning might want to check their stamps.

The cost of sending out a letter just went up by a penny.

The U.S. Postal Service raised the rate to mail a 1-ounce letter from 45 cents to 46 cents yesterday, Jan. 27.

The good news, however, is anyone who uses a “Forever stamp” won’t have to scramble to get extra postage. Going forward, the new 46-cent Forever stamps will continue to cover postage costs – no matter what price increases come down from Washington, D.C.

“Forever stamps are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes,” a postal service media release said.

The Postal Service is also introducing a new Global Forever stamp, which will allow you to mail letters anywhere in the world for $1.10.

Here is a breakdown of the new single-piece First-Class mailing prices:

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

 For more information on postal rates, visit the U.S. Postal Service online.

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