Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Postage goes up 1 cent today

Government / Bureaucracy

Just a reminder that U.S. Postage for 1st class mail went up 1 cent today from 41 cents to 42 cents for 1 ounce. You you must add an extra 1 cent stamp to your existing 41 cent stamped mail.

If you have those Forever stamps with the Liberty Bell, those are still good without adding any additional postage. That is why they are called Forever! 

Here is the breakdown of 1st class postage:

Postcards: 3 1/2" x 5" to 4 1/4" x 6", .007 inches thick (like picture postcards) are 27cents. Over-sized are charged .42.

Letters: 1 oz. .42, 2 oz. .59, 3 oz. .76, 3.5 oz. .93 cents.

I believe the Post Office will be reassessing their postage rates every year and making changes in May. Some people just find it easier to purchase only the Forever stamps, then they always have the correct postage rate. Since I like using the commemorative stamps (they are like little works of art*), I try to not have too many extras of the designated postage ones prior to the postage change date.  


* Like--well as much as anyone can spending .42 cents to send a letter! Once I asked at the post office why they made so many commemorative stamps, since they must be more expensive to make than just 1 or 2 different styles. The worker told me that the production costs are offset by collectors who purchase the stamps but never use the stamps. I don't know how true that is, but that is what I was told.


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