Cost of first-class stamps will go up this weekend

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Time is winding down to save money on postage stamps.

The United States Postal Service says the cost of its first-class stamps will rise five cents each on Sunday, from 50 cents to 55 cents.

Each additional ounce for a first class letter will cost 15 cents, a decrease from 21 cents. 

The cost of a first class large envelope under one ounce will remain at $1, and the price of each additional ounce also will decrease to 15 cents from 21 cents.

The price of a postcard remains at 35 cents.

Priority mail will rise about 10 percent. The flat rate will go from $6.70 to $7.35 for envelopes, from $7.25 to $8 for padded envelopes, and from $7 to $7.65 for flat legal envelopes.

The flat rate for priority mail packages will go from $7.20 to $7.90 for a small box, from $13.65 to $14.35 for a medium box, and from $18.90 to $19.95 for a large box.

The Postal Service last year reported a financial loss for the 12th straight year – $3.9 billion for the budget year that ended Sept. 30 – citing declines in mail volume and the costs of its pension and health care obligations.

Online: 2019 Postage Rate Increase

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