U.S. Postal Service rate hikes go into effect Jan. 27.
The cost to mail a letter is set to rise slightly later this month, after rate changes go into effect Jan. 27, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Stamp prices will increase one cent, from 45 cents to 46 cents, to mail one-ounce letters. This brings the cost of a standard 20-stamp book up from $9 to $9.20. Forever stamps, purchased for 45 cents before the price hike, are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes, according to the U.S. Postal Service. The cost for letters weighing more than one ounce will stay the same, at 20 cents for each additional ounce, according to an announcement from the postal service. Postcard stamps will also see a one-cent increase, from 32 cents to 33 …
The US Postal Service anticipates this will be its busiest holiday shipping season. Find out key dates to remember when mailing this holiday season.
Friday, November 30, 2012
-By Mary Ann Lopez The holiday rush is about to set in. Along with waiting in line to buy gifts at stores, the lines can be even longer at the post office as gift givers mail cards and packages to friends and family across the county and world. The USPS is anticipating this will be its biggest holiday season in its 237-year history. The postal service expects it will deliver 365 million packages this holiday season—a 20 percent increase over 2011, according to the USPS. The busiest mailing day for holiday cards and packages will be Dec. 17, when more than 655 million pieces of mail are expected to be processed—compared with 538 on an average day, the USPS said. The busiest delivery day for letters will be Dec. 19 and the busiest day for …