If you’ve got a book of 44-cent stamps in your desk, you’ll want to get a book of one-centers to go along with them.
After two-and-a-half years of steady prices, the cost of mailing a letter first class increased Sunday to 45 cents.
Forever stamps purchased before the 1-cent rate hike are still be valid. If you have leftover 44-cent stamps, you can purchase a book of 1-cent stamps to make up the difference.
Other mail rates are rising as well.
Postcard stamps will jump in price to 32 cents from 29 cents.
Mail to Mexico and Canada will cost 85 cents per stamp, up 5 cents. Other international mail will see the biggest hike: It will now cost $1.05 to send letters abroad, up from 98 cents.
The price increase comes in the midst of significant financial troubles for the as the volume of mail decreases.
“The overall average price increase is small and is needed to help address our current financial crisis,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in a statement. “We continue to take actions within our control to increase revenue in other ways and to aggressively cut costs.”
The Postal Service ended its fiscal year 2011 at a $5.1 billion loss. It delivered 3 billion fewer pieces of mail in 2011 than in 2010.