Just announced, these are the proposed price increases for 2014 for the U.S.P.S. From their press release:
"The United States Postal Service today announced proposed price changes, including an increase in the price of a First-Class Mail single-piece letter from 46 cents to 49 cents. The proposed changes, which would go into effect in January 2014, are intended to generate $2 billion in incremental annual revenue for the Postal Service.
Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, effective Jan. 26, 2014 include:
- Letters (1 oz.) — 3-cent increase to 49 cents
- Letters additional ounces — 1-cent increase to 21 cents
- Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.15
- Postcards — 1-cent increase to 34 cents
Stamp prices have stayed consistent with the average annual rate of inflation of 4.2 percent since the Postal Service was formed in 1971."
Commence the grousing over rising rates all you like. I think, after years talking about it, you know how I feel. Our postal rates are so reasonable. A three-cent hike worries me about as much as a three-cent hike on anything else I buy, which is not at all. How do these increases effect you?