What You Need to Know About the January 21, 2024 USPS Postage Increase

Well, it seems to be that time of year again. The time when the United States Postal Service (USPS) has a postage rate increase. If you’re feeling like this is happening a lot, well, you’re not wrong. The Postal Service raised their prices twice in 20212022 and 2023 and now we’re starting off 2024 with another USPS postage increase.

2024 USPS Postage Price Increase

Effective January 21, 2024, the cost of mailing letters, packages, and other USPS services will climb slightly across the board. While the average increase sits at a modest 4.3%, it’s still cause for pause, especially for businesses and high-volume senders.

Here’s a Breakdown of the Key Changes for the Postage Rate Increase in 2024:

  • First-Class postage increase for letters (1 oz.) is going up from $0.66 up to $0.68 cents
  • Certified Mail Postage is going from $4.35 up to $4.40
  • Certified Mail | Add-On Electronic Return Receipt price is going from $2.20 up to $2.32
  • Certified Mail | Add-On Green Card price is going from $3.55 up to $3.65
  • International Letters (1 oz.) are going from $1.50 up to $1.55
  • Domestic Postcards are going from $0.51 up, to $0.53
  • International Postcards are going from $1.50 up to $1.55
  • Registered Mail is going from $20.25 up to $20.75
  • Registered Mail | Add-On Electronic Return Receipt price is going from $5.65 up to $5.80
  • Extra Ounces (Letters) staying at $0.24
  • Extra Ounces (Flats) staying at $0.24
  • First-Class Mail Forever Stamp is $0.68

How to Handle the USPS Postage Increase?

These adjustments, while seemingly small, can accumulate over time, impacting both individuals and businesses. So, what can you do to navigate the new United States Postal Service postage increase?

Shop around: Not everything has to be sent via USPS. You may want to look at other options, such as FedEx 2Day to send a letter. You might be surprised at the fact that there’s another service with a faster delivery option.

Embrace technology: Leverage online shipping tools and platforms to compare rates, Make your life easier and more convenient and track your letters efficiently. Remember, time is money and removing the hassle of making trips to the Post Office to send your letter or to buy stamps is something to embrace on its own! Hi! LetterStream here. This is exactly what we do!

The 2024 USPS postage increase is a reality, but it doesn’t have to derail your mailing habits. By being informed and adaptable, you can adjust your strategies, find smarter solutions, and keep your letters moving without breaking the bank. Remember, a little planning and resourcefulness can go a long way in the ever-evolving world of postage.

LetterStream Is on Your Side!

For customers familiar with our process, you know we do raise our prices each time the USPS raises their rates.  But our increase is only the amount needed to cover the added postage costs. So, while your bill might look a little higher, the extra money is only going to the United States Postal Service.  LetterStream seldom raises our prices and works hard to keep your prices locked in for the long haul so that your mailing budget is consistent and predictable. If you want to send First-Class Mail, Certified Mail, postcards, or FedEx envelopes for any of your secure and important documents just remember that we’re on your side!

Keep in mind, if you’re looking for an electronic way to send your statements, we provide an email delivery service (eDoc Delivery), which allows you to send your documents via email directly through your LetterStream account. This can be done in place of real mail or in addition to your snail mail. If you’d like more information or if you’d like to add this product to your account, please feel free to send us an email at support@letterstream.com.

Now it’s your turn: How will these changes affect your mailing habits? Are you already preparing for the next postage increase? Share your thoughts and cost-saving tips in the comments below! Let’s help each other navigate the new postage landscape together.

Click here to review the USPS 2024 postage rate press release and click here to download the complete list of 2024 USPS postage rate changes.

Just a friendly reminder about a little pro tip we have: if you would like to get the old pricing but don’t want to send your mailing out before the effective Jan 21, 2024 date, you can always use our schedule job option to schedule your job to be mailed on a future date! That way you’ll still get the current (old pricing) but it won’t go out until the date you choose.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to our loyal customers and Happy New Year to those who may be just joining us or thinking about joining us here at LetterStream!

As we reflect back on this past year we can’t help but be so grateful for you, our incredible team and the continued growth of this printing and mailing company that we know and love as LetterStream.

LetterStream started back in 2003 (Woah! How cool) and now as we’re here embracing the new year of 2024, it’s fun to reflect on how far we have come.

A Look Ahead at 2024

We’re also excited about all the plans we have for 2024. We’re in the process of revamping our website and blog and we’re excited to keep implementing new processes that aid in the customer experience. Last year we introduced our new chatbot that enhanced how customers can get answers in real-time, along with new printing and mailing updates that served our customer base. Keep checking back in on our blog to see what new updates we have for you in 2024!

Printing and Mailing Tradeshows and Beyond

This year we plan on attending some tradeshows throughout the nation that pertain to the print industry, mailing industry, printing and mailing industry and the SAAS (Software as a Service) industry, along with shows that focus on HOA’s (Homeowner’s Associations) and law firms. Again, be sure to check back here on the blog to find out which shows we’ll be attending. We’d love to have you come stop our booth and say hi if you’ll be there as well!

We’re Here for You!

We hope this next year is full of abundance both personally and professionally. Remember we’re here for you to send out your First-Class Mail, Certified Mail, postcards, statements and invoices, flat envelope mailings and even FedEx 2Day mailings! Check out our 2024 Postal Holiday Calendar to see when we’re open and mailing even when the USPS (United States Postal Service) is closed! Yes, there are holidays where we can still send out mail!

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!