As of January 21, the price of a USPS Forever Postage Stamp is now: $0.50Rates manually verified by site administrator on October 1, 2018
NEWS: UPCOMING PROPOSED INCREASE
On October 10 the Postal Service filed notice that they want to increase the price of a Forever Stamp to 55 cents. As I had anticipated, the rate increase will take effect January 29, 2019.
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Several Other Key Rates:
- Additional ounce rate: currently $0.21, proposed change to $0.15.
- Global Forever Stamp: $1.15
- Scroll down the page for some additional rates.
There is a lot more info on this page if you keep scrolling!
Additional information about the January 29, 2019 Postage Rate Increase
The October 10, 2018 Postal Service notification about the proposed upcoming 10% price increase puts the the price of a Forever Stamp up to 55 cents, a 10% increase in the price of a stamp. Historically the Post Office has been limited to raising the cost for stamps according to the official inflation rates. Approximately one year ago (at the end of 2018) the Post Office received regulatory approval to raise the price of postage “inflation + 2%”. Well, that didn’t last long! The current official rate of inflation for 2018 is 2.3%, and an increase of 2.3% + 2% would have instead increased the the price of a stamp to only $0.52, not $0.55.
The January 29, 2019 price changes include other adjustments to postage rates. For example:
- Priority Mail will increase 5.9%
- Priority Mail Express will increase 3.9%
- Mailing Services will increase approximately 2.5%
- First class mail “additional ounce” prices will decrease from $0.21 to $0.15. Which means that sending a two-ounce letter, even with the $0.05 increase in price for the first ounce, will actually cost $0.01 less (currently two ounce letter is $0.71, under new rates will be $0.70).
The rate increase must still be approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission, and will then take effect January 29, 2019.
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USPS Forever Stamp Historical Prices
|January 29, 2019||$0.55 (proposed)|
|January 21, 2018||$0.50|
|January 22, 2017||$0.49|
|April 10, 2016||$0.47|
|January 26, 2014||$0.49|
|January 27, 2013||$0.46|
|January 22, 2012||$0.45|
|May 11, 2009||$0.44|
|May 12, 2008||$0.42|
|April 12, 2007||$0.41|
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Quick Reference: First Class STANDARD SIZE Rates for over One Ounce*
|3 oz.||$0.92||1x Forever stamp + $0.42, or, simply 2x Forever Stamps (which results in a $.08 donation to the Post Office)|
|2 oz.||$0.71||1x Forever stamp + $0.21|
Quick Reference: First Class OVERSIZED Letter Rates**
|1 oz.||$1.00||Two Forever Stamps|
|2 oz.||$1.21||Two Forever Stamps + $0.21|
|3 oz.||$1.42||Two Forever Stamp + $0.42 or, three Forever Stamps (which results in an $.08 donation to the Post Office)|
|4 oz.||$1.63||Three Forever Stamps + $0.13|
Additional Questions and Answers about Postage Stamps and Rates
How much do additional ounces cost when mailing a letter?
What is a Forever Stamp?
How much is a First Class Stamp?
Does the Post Office Have an Online Postage Calculator?
How much does it cost to mail a postcard?
Do Forever Stamps Expire?
Was the United States the first to issue Forever Stamps?
How are postage price increases handled?
Prior to 2017, the Post Office was only allowed to increase the price of stamps according to official inflation rates – unless special approval was requested and provided. At the end of 2017 the Post Office received regulatory approval to for increases that would be “inflation + 2%”. The January 2018 increase was already planned at “inflation”, and was left as such.
The 2019 first class postage increase was proposed at 10%!
As to specifics, the Postal Service first receives approval from theri internal “Governors of the Postal Service” and then must receive approval from the Postal Regulatory Commission.
Where is the best place to buy postage?
You have quite a few options for puchasing postage online. The obvious option is to buy stamps directly from the Post Office. They do charge $1 for shipping/handling your order.
Another option (which helps support this site) is to sign up for an account at Stamps.com. You can get a special postage offer with a $100 value by using code COUPON1.
You can also buy stamps from Amazon.com (which helps support this site). The Post Office is actually one of the stamp sellers at Amazon.com. If you buy stamps at Amazon.com you will likely pay a little bit more than if you bought them directly from the post office, but if you are a member of Amazon Prime (free trial available), you won’t have to pay the $1 shipping and handling fee that the Post Office charges if you order directly from the USPS.
Be careful buying stamps from other sources (especially eBay). You might end up with counterfeit stamps.
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Should You Stockpile Stamps, Perhaps as a Hedge Against Inflation?
Because the value of a Forever Stamp increases with the rate of inflation (and might even at a higher rate than inflation in the future), the question arises: should you buy more stamps than you will be using to mail letters as an asset diversification strategy and hedge against inflation?
You’re welcome to do so, and there are other online financial resources that discuss doing do so. However, in this space, I want to share a few considerations to keep in mind should you be contemplating such a strategy:
Notification Prior to Any Increases
Steady Decrease in First Class Mail Volume
Selling Forever Stamps is Harder Due to Counterfeits
- will require you to prove to the buyer that your stamps are genuine
- will more than likely require you to sell at a discount to whatever the current rate is (because a buyer could always buy their stamps directly from the Post Office)
- and, when you sell at at discount, you will be, in a way, “competing” against counterfeit stamps in relation to price (counterfeit stamps are not generally marketed as being counterfeits, but are instead marketed as being genuine)
The Value of Stamps is Tied to the Postal Service
I recommend you buy one year’s worth of stamps before any regular stamp price increase. If a significant stamp price increase is announced my recommendation will be to consider buying multiple years’ worth of stamps at that time/before that increase. You’re welcome to stockpile stamps now, and it may well even prove to be a great inflation “hedge” — just make sure you consider all of the various related factors.