Postal Service increases stamp prices again

October 19, 2011|Liz F. Kay

It's going to be more expensive to mail holiday greetings and birthday cards next year.

But the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday that the price of a first-class stamp will increase to 45 cents starting on January 22, the first price increase in two years, according to Reuters.

Prices for postcards will increase three pennies to 32 cents and letters to Canada and Mexico will increase to 85 cents. Sending a greeting to someone outside of North America increases to $1.05.

The changes still need to be approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission, which has 45 days to review the request.

But it certainly seems like a book of Forever stamps would be a useful stocking stuffer during the holidays this year. Will this latest increase affect your mailing habits?

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