According to the US Postal Service website, the price of a forever stamp will increase by 1 cent on January 27, 2013. The cost of a stamp in 2013 is set at 46 cents. This is a 2.22% postage rate increase from the 2012 stamp price of 45 cents. The Post Office also issued the new First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp which allows customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for a set price of $1.10.
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In 2013, postcards will also see a hike in price equal to 1 cent, which means you will pay 33 cents to mail postcards. Letters to all international destinations will cost you $1.10 (up $0.05 from 2012).
Buy Forever Stamps Now to Make 2.22% Return!
Since the price of stamps is increasing by 2.22%, you can avoid the hike in price by purchasing forever stamps anytime between now and January 27, 2013. Doing so will provide a 2.22% return on your money. Before you buy enough stamps for the next 10 years, consider putting your money to better use in an investment account like Betterment, which gives you $25 when you invest $250 – a cool 10% return right away! Check out my review of Betterment here.
How Much are USPS Flat Rate Boxes in 2013?I love using the flat rate boxes from the US Postal service. Here are the new 2013 prices for the flat rate boxes:
- Small box — $5.80
- Medium box — $12.35
- Large box — $16.85
- Large APO/FPO box — $14.85
- Regular envelope — $5.60
- Legal envelope — $5.75
- Padded envelope — $5.95
In case you were wondering…
- The first stamp was issued for sale on July 1, 1847. It cost 5 cents to mail a letter within 300 miles and 10 cents to deliver mail beyond 300 miles.
- The Post Office employs over a half of a million workers and has recently been under fire because of its decreasing revenue and projected default on their bills.
- You can find a change of address checklist in this article we wrote.
Do you remember what a stamp cost when you were a kid? If you’re brave enough to share it in the comments, we’d love to know!