Postage Rates Increase For 2019
So you probably aren't mailing to many cards or letters now, right? Plus, how much does it actually cost for a first class postage stamp right now? To help you out, as of October 2018, the price of a first class "Forever" stamp is 50 cents.
Will these rates go up in 2019? In the words of your mid-western aunt, 'You Betcha!' The US Postal Service has filled all the paperwork to get a postage increase that would start on January 27, 2019. What will you notice about the changes (should they be approved and it looks like they will)? The cost of a first-class stamp will rise from 50 cents to 55 cents, a 5 cent increase is a large increase for the postal service. If you were to ship something Priority Express Mail it will cost you 3.9 percent more and for regular Priority Mail the cost will increase 5.9 percent. Flat rate priority boxes will be increasing as well.
The above information was taken from a press release from the USPS. Interesting that they make sure to let people know the following:
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.
Were you aware that the USPS did not get any funds from your tax dollars? Do you think that a postage price increase is warranted? Or should everyone just keep using electronic communication? Please note, that my niece would be incredibly upset if she did not get a birthday card in the mail, snail mail, because she knows that at least from this Auntie, there is always something inside that card that she wants, aka birthday bucks.