On Jan. 26 the cost of a first-class postage stamp will rise to $.49 from $.46, according to the Untied States Postal Service.
Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing include:
- Letters (1 oz.) — 3-cent increase to 49 cents
- Letters additional ounces — 1-cent increase to 21 cents
- Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.15
- Postcards — 1-cent increase to 34 cents
Stamp prices have stayed consistent with the average annual rate of inflation of 4.2 percent since the Postal Service was formed in 1971, according to usps.com.A book of first-class one-ounce stamps will now cost $9.80. Forever Stamps purchased before the increase will still be valid for all one-ounce letters.
If you're planning to stock up, the Shelby Township post office (15055 Hall Rd.) hours are Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.