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Stamps Increase Starting Sunday

January 25, 2014
USPS, postage rates, increase

WASHINGTON -- It will cost you three cents more to send a birthday card or pay a bill using the U.S. Postal Service starting on Sunday.

The price of a first-class mail single-piece letter will go from 46 to 49 cents. Postal patrons can avoid paying the hike by buying Forever Stamps at a post office or grocery store on Friday or Saturday. Those stamps, which do not show a monetary value, are good for cards and letters no matter how much postal rates are increased in the future.

The price hike will be in effect for at least two years - the Postal Regulatory Commission turned down a Postal Service request for a permanent increase - and will allow the service to generate $2 billion annually.

Highlights of the price increase include:

- Letters (1 ounce) -- three-cent increase to 49 cents.

- Letters, additional ounces -- one-cent increase to 21 cents.

- Letters to all international destinations (1 ounce) -- $1.15.

- Postcards -- one-cent increase to 34 cents.

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Original headline: First-class postal rates increase three cents starting Sunday

Source: Capital (Annapolis, MD)

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