The cost of a first-class stamp just went up — unless you do this

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Sending snail mail just got more expensive, thanks to an increase in the cost of a first-class stamp.

Forever Stamp price is now 55 cents

Effective January 27, 2019, the U.S. Postal Service raised the cost of a Forever Stamp, hiking it to 55 cents from 50 cents to cover the price of mailing a one-ounce letter.

But there is a silver lining here; despite the steep 10% increase in a Forever Stamp, the additional postage needed to mail a two-ounce letter is actually decreasing from 21 cents to 15 cents.

That makes the final cost of mailing something like a wedding invitation 70 cents — instead of the previous 71 cents. Sure, it’s not a huge savings, but it’s something positive for young couples just starting out!

new 2019 postal rates

In another bit of good news, the cost a postcard stamp is holding steady for 2019 at 35 cents.

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