5 coming price hikes and how to avoid them

  • Postage

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    The U.S. Postal Service is at it again. After raising the cost of a first-class stamp by a penny last January, they've got the encore performance this January, with first class stamp prices slated to rise to 47 cents from today's 46 cents. The price of mailing a package is going up too. Overall, prices are expected to rise by an average of 2.4 percent.

    However, anyone who wants to fix their mailing costs for a while has the opportunity to do it now by loading up on "forever stamps," at the still relative bargain price of 46 cents. The post office promises to accept these stamps as payment in full for a first-class letter forever, so the opportunity is limited only by your budget and whether you think you might be sending mail via drone in 2014.