The cost of sending most letters and packages increased slightly on Jan. 27, when the U.S. Postal Service adjusted its rates to help cover the costs of delivering the mail.
Forever Stamps, the ones that remain good despite future postal rate increases, increased to 46 cents.
Those stamps, along with other postage, can be purchased at Wentzville's United States Post Office or at Koviak's Postal Station in Lake Saint Louis.
Here's a rundown of price increases:
- Letters (1 oz.) — 1-cent increase to 46 cents
- Letters additional ounces — unchanged at 20 cents
- Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.10
- Postcards — 1-cent increase to 33 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.
In addition, several new shipping services products will be available in January. Free tracking will be offered to all packages, including retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post.
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