TODAY: U.S. Postal Service Reduces Postage Rates for Regular Mail


Mazel tov. Today, the U.S. Postal Service will reduce postage rates for regular mail — for the first time in 97 years.

First-class mail will go down by two cents. The postage rate reductions affect letters, large envelopes or flats, and postcards. The reductions amount to more than four percent and are a result of removing the 2014 Exigent Surcharge.

How Much Will a Postage Stamp Cost?

Postage rate reductions include:

First-class stamps — 47 cents (old rate, 49 cents)
Each additional ounce for letters — 21 cents (old rate, 22 cents)
First-class metered mail (first ounce) — 46.5 cents (old rate, 48.5 cents)
Postcards – 34 cents (old rate, 35 cents)
Certified mail — $3.30 (old rate, $3.45)
Media mail (1-pound piece) — $2.61 (old rate, $2.72)

Andy Newscenter