Prices On the Rise at Post Offices

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Beginning Monday, $0.39 stamps will be a thing of the past.
Soon, a new stamp will be needed to get mail to its final destination.

"We have new rates set for just about every item, some have gone up and some have gone down," said College Station Postmaster Cephas Riggins.

Some of the postal price increases include:

First-Class Letter (1 oz.) $0.41
Postcard $0.26
Priority Mail (1 lb.) $4.60
Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box $8.95
Express Mail (1/2 lb.) $16.25
New Express Mail (1 lb.) $19.50
Express Mail (2 lb.) $21.40

However, there is some good news too, the price of a two-ounce First-Class Letter is going down.
Which is especially good news for brides-to-be.

"Wedding invitations would cost you $0.63, with the new rates, the second ounce will cost you $0.58."

Across the nation, many Americans are feeling the pinch at the pump. The post office is no exception. They say, in order to combat rising costs, the price of stamps was increased.

"It costs us $8-million every time gas goes up $0.01," said Riggins. "It costs us $8-million to fuel our vehicles as well as to try and maintain energy costs for 27,000 post offices across the nation."

Officials say the price hike isn't all bad news because there are several savings their customers can pocket.
A prime example, the new forever stamp.

"If you have forever stamps in your possession at the time the rates go up, you can still use the forever stamps that you have," said Riggins.

The idea behind this one-of-a-kind, first class stamp, is it shields consumers from future increases. Once you purchase the stamp, it locks in at that rate. Even if the price goes up, with the forever stamp, your letter will still get to its destination.

"We encourage the customers to buy the forever stamps because they will be able to use that stamp forever," said Riggins.

Other ways consumers can save money at the post office is by reshaping their packages.

"A customer can save for instance if they take a large envelope and they fold it into a smaller envelope. They can save as much as $0.39," said Riggins. " If they reshape the way they're putting a package together, they can save as much as $0.33.