Price for a First-Class Stamp Rises to 49 Cents

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's going to cost you a few pennies more to mail a letter.

The cost of a first-class postage stamp is now 49 cents -- 3 cents more than before.

Regulators approved the price hike in December, and it went into effect on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Many people won't feel the increase right away: "forever stamps" are good for first-class postage at whatever the future rate may be.

The last increase for stamps was a year ago, when the cost of sending a letter rose by a penny to 46 cents.

The U.S. Postal Service lost $5 billion last year and has been trying to get Congress to let it end Saturday delivery and reduce payments on retiree health benefits.

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