Price for first-class stamp rises to 49 cents

Price for first-class stamp rises to 49 cents

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Signage for the United States Post Office (USPS) is seen on September 25, 2013 in New York City. The USPS announced today that they're considering raising the price of stamps by 3 cents. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on January 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 27 at 6:59 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

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

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

The 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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