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In May 2022, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said people should expect the price of stamps to increase at “an uncomfortable rate” to help the USPS get back on track financially. Specifically, he said to expect postage price hikes every January and July.

For those keeping track, the Forever Stamp increased in price from $0.50 to $0.55 in 2019 and then from $0.55 to $0.58 in August 2021. In July 2022 the stamp jumped another two cents to its current $0.60 price. Now as January looms, we’re looking at another possible $0.02 increase.

For now, here are the current U.S. postage stamp costs. Here’s what you need to know:

 

A Forever Stamp currently costs $0.60.

A person's hand holding some American flag Forever postage stamps.

The Forever Stamp is what it sounds like — a single stamp that doesn’t expire. As long as your mail weighs under one ounce, then one Forever Stamp will be valid postage even if the price of the stamp increases.

The last stamp price increase was on July 10, 2022, when it rose from $0.58 to $0.60.

TIP: The price increases yearly, so stock up before January 2023 to lock in the current Forever Stamps price.

 

Letters and postcards cost between $0.44 and $1.40, depending on what you’re mailing (and to where).

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Stamp prices have risen almost 5.7% since August 2021. Check out the complete list to see how much it’ll cost to send a postcard or letter:

  • Letters (1 oz) – $0.60
  • Letters (metered 1 oz) – $0.57
  • Letters additional oz – $0.24
  • Domestic postcards – $0.44
  • International letter (1 oz) – $1.40

The USPS says the average time it takes to deliver mail nationwide is 2.4 days.

 

 

Beat the price increases with deals on stamps.

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We’re always watching for great deals on stamps. If you sign up for our hottest deals within the KCL app, you’ll be notified about the best deals on stamps, or you could just do a casual search of our stamps deals. Although price increases aren’t good news, regular deals on stamps more than cancel them out. You just have to know where to buy stamps. Here are some deals you can get:

  • Get a 100-pack of Forever Stamps at Tanga, making each stamp just $0.50 each.
  • Get $5 worth of free postage with Stamps.com to save up to 38% on USPS and UPS shipping labels.
  • Sam’s Club sells a book of 20 Forever Stamps (available for pick up) for $11.25 and a coil of 100 for $57.75. If you’re after holiday stamps, you can pick up a book of 20 for $11.55. No word on limits.
  • A 100-count booklet of self-adhesive stamps is available at Costco for $57.75. According to their website, there is a 10-item limit per member, and you can’t use their Executive Membership 2% rewards as a discount.

 

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