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Price of Stamps Going Up in 2014

The temporary increase is intended to generate an additional $2.8 billion in revenue to make up for earlier losses.

We'll soon be paying more for postage.  Patch file photo.
We'll soon be paying more for postage. Patch file photo.
It's time to stock up on Forever Stamps.

On Jan. 26, 2014, the cost of a first-class postage stamp will rise to 49 cents from 46 cents, according to U.S. Postal Service.

A book of first-class one-ounce stamps will cost $9.80. Forever Stamps purchased before the increase will still be valid for all one-ounce letters. Here's a rundown:

  • Letters (1 oz.) — 3-cent increase to 49 cents
  • Letters additional ounces —  1-cent increase to 21 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.15
  • Postcards — 1-cent increase to 34 cents
The U.S. Postal Service’s regulator approved the increase of about six percent, but rejected a request for a permanent increase.

The rate increase is intended to boost the USPS' revenue by $2.8 billion in two years to recoup losses suffered in 2008 and 2011.

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