Stamp prices look to be going up in 2019 — unless you mail a letter that weighs this much

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Sending snail mail is about to get more expensive in early 2019, according to proposed new postage rates.

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Forever Stamp price hike will make it 55 cents

The U.S. Postal Service is out with proposed new postage rates that would raise the cost of most popular mailing services by an average of about 2.5%.

The price of a Forever Stamp will see a five-cent increase, going from 50 cents to 55 cents. However, the cost a postcard stamp will hold steady year-over-year at 35 cents.

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Despite the steep 10% increase in a Forever Stamp, there is a silver lining here. The rate to mail a two-ounce letter — such like wedding invitation — is set to drop by a penny.

This particular price drop is because the price of ‘Letters additional ounces’ will be lowered from the current 21 cents to 15 cents under the proposal.

Most traditional wedding invites tip the scales at two ounces. So this means the cost to mail an invitation (or something else of a similar weight) would be 70 cents instead of the current 71 cents.

Not a huge savings, but it’s something positive for young couples just starting out!

Meanwhile, the prices of domestic Priority Mail are set to rise, as well.

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Keep in mind that all proposed rate increases still have to be approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

If approved, they will take effect January 27, 2019.

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Theo has co-written several books with Clark Howard, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Living Large in Lean Times. As a single widowed parent of two young children, he strives to bring unique savings tips to men and women like him who must face life without their spouses. He can be reached at [email protected]
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