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U.S. Post Office to Increase Prices in 2013

The cost of mailing postcards and one-ounce letters will increase on Jan. 27, 2013.

Better hang on to that spare change from 2012, you'll need it when the U.S. Postal Service ups its postage prices once again.

The cost to mail a one-ounce letter, or purchase the new Forever stamps, will increase to 46 cents on Jan. 27, 2013. That’s up from 45 cents in 2012. Forever stamps allow customers to mail letters to any location in the U.S.

The New Year will also introduce the First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp, which will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for a set price of $1.10.

If you're running low on Forever stamps, you may want to stock up now. Forever stamps can be used anytime in the future regardless of price increases at the post office.

Costs Effective Jan. 27, 2013:

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

Need to figure out the postage required on a specific item? Use this online price calculator.

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