When area residents purchase “forever” stamps after January 27, they will notice an increase in the price of a stamp.
A 2019 postage rate increase will go into effect this Sunday. This means the cost of a stamp will increase from .50 cents to .55 cents each.
In 2014, the United States Postal Service had its highest stamp hike in more than a decade when it increase the price from .46 cents to .49 cents.
With the new .55 cents forever stamp, a book of stamps has also increased from $10 to $11.
If residents still have the forever stamps they purchased for .50 cents, those can be used with no additional one cent stamps.
Metered mail for first class mail letters will also increase from .47 cents to .50 cents, with each additional ounce costing .15 cents more. That number is a decrease from the .21 cents per additional ounce in 2018.
Price increases also affect domestic shipping as priority mail express will see a 3.9 percent increase from $21.98 to $22.68.
International shipping has the same percentage increase.