HOUSTON – Getting married, having a baby or planning to thank someone in 2019? Buying some stamps now might be a good idea if you want to do things the classy, old-fashioned way and mail a letter.
Prices are likely to go up to mail a letter in 2019 to $0.55.
Here are some of the highlights of the proposed new postage rates to be implemented on Jan. 27, 2019. The rates are subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission.
- The First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) rate for postage purchased at the Post Office is increasing by five cents to $0.55 from $0.50.
- Each additional ounce for a First Class Mail letter will cost an extra $0.15 (a decrease from $0.21 in 2018).
- First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelope rates are not increasing in 2019, remaining at $1 (1 oz.), with additional ounces costing $0.15.
- Postcard rates are also not increasing in 2019, remaining at $0.35.
- Customers who print postage online (via Stamps.com), the Metered Mail rate will now be a 5-cent discount compared to the Post Office price with rates increasing to $0.50 in 2019 from $0.47 currently.
- Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.15 in 2019, a decrease from $0.21 currently.
- The five-cent discount for online postage on a one-ounce First Class Mail letter represents a savings of 9 percent for consumers and small business owners.
See more on express pricing and various package services, including media mail, on the USPS blog.