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 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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