The new United States Postal Services postage rates went into effect on January 27, 2013.
The rate increase include:
- Letters (1oz.) — 1-cent increase to 46 cents
- Letters additional ounces — unchanged at 20 cents
- Letters to all international destinations (1oz.) — $1.10
- Postcards — 1-cent increase to 33 cents
Forever Stamps, the ones that remain good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes, increased to 46 cents.
The USPS also introduced a new First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp. The stamp allows people to mail letters anywhere in the world for $1.10.
Priority Mail rates also will see an increase. The new rates are as follows:
- Small box — $5.80
- Medium box — $12.35
- Large box — $16.85
- Large APO/FPO box — $14.85
- Regular envelope — $5.60
- Legal envelope — $5.75
- Padded envelope — $5.95
You can save postage by using the right sized envelope. Using a #10 envelope for mailing up to 5 sheets of paper instead of an 8 ½ x 11 envelope can save $0.46 in postage fees. Using a 6 x 9 envelope and folding the paper in half can also reduce postage by $0.46 up to 3.5 ounces.