Brace Yourself for Increased Stamp Prices & Longer Delivery Times
Well this isn't the best news for those that still rely on the U.S. Postal Service. The whole "snail mail" process is about to cost a little more, and go a little slower.
On Monday the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the federal regulator that oversees the postal agency, approved the proposed increase in the price of a first class stamp. Starting August 29, it will cost you 58 cents to mail a letter instead of the current 55 cents.
That increase means the cost for a book of stamps will increase by 60 cents. Also, you will see that certified mail will go from $3.60 to $3.75 and registered mail will increase from $12.90 to $13.75. This is actually the second postage rated increase for 2021. The first happened back in January of this year.
Slowing it Down
As if the news wasn't disappointing enough, especially since I'm getting ready to mail out about 100 wedding invitations at the end of the month, it looks like the term "snail" may be even more appropriate.
According to CBS News, Postmaster Louis DeJoy's plan to save the U.S. Postal Service money will not only include a price hike in postage costs, but slower delivery times for mail. After a heated holiday season with consumers complaining about the slow delivery times for packages, it looks like things are going to slow down even more.
The USPS believes that the slower delivery standards will save money for the postal service. The plan will see a slow down in delivery times starting in October with the USPS increasing times on some first-class mail by switching from air transportation to ground transportation. The change would basically add about 2 extra days to the delivery time.
With the new changes laid out, especially on delivery times, you may want to be sure to mail those holiday cars and packages early....like maybe at Halloween.
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