When was the last time you mailed a letter? Maybe, paid a bill would be a better question. Either one will cost you more, and the same for mailing packages as the United States Postal seeks a price increase.

The proposed hike would be a nickel on the standard "Forever Stamp," taking it from 50 cents to 55 cents. Base on a nickel jump in price, it would be one of the biggest increases in postal history. The biggest jumps in the past have been 4 cents, but let's face it who wants to deal with the penny thing.

There is an unusual twist in the increase. The price of a stamp covers up to 1 ounce of postage, the cost of an additional ounce will actually be decreased from 21 cents to 15 cents. The typical wedding invitation or birthday day card goes about 2 ounces, so it actually drops 1 cent in price.

The proposed price increase will also effect package mailings too. Here's the increase:

Postal Price Increases
USPS Newsroom

If approved, and it most likely will be, the jump goes into effect January 27, 2019. Read more on the increases at the USPS website.



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