If you need to mail a letter, the price of forever stamps in Montana and across the country just went up.

You may have on rare occasions used stamps lately, but with online bill pay available for most bills, it's much less common. Most people don't write letters anymore either because of emailing, texting, and social media.

I do get postcards from a friend every few months--which I absolutely love--but she uses an online postcard program and the cost of the card is built in so there isn't a physical stamp on what I receive in the mail.

Even for the few things I mail, it feels like the cost of stamps has gone up quite a bit.

How Much Have Stamps Gone Up in Price?

Do you remember when stamps cost 25 cents? That was back in 1988 according to the United States Postal Service. They hit 50 cents in 2018 and were 66 cents in July of 2023, until January 20, 2024.

It used to be that stamp prices would only go up a few cents at a time, but from 2018 to 2019 they jumped 5 cents. Then the frequency increased a bit in 2023 with an update to the price in January and another update in July. That means the price went up 6 cents between 2022 and 2023 and the latest price added another 2 cents.

In a press release from the United States Postal Service, the new price of stamps for first-class letters as of January 21, 2024, is 68 cents. Postcards will go from 51 cents to 53 cents. You may also notice price changes for shipping as the USPS indicates there will be roughly 5% increases for USPS Ground Advantage, Priority Mail Service, and Priority Mail Express Service.

Keep reading to see how much stamps cost the year you were born.

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Here's a look at the cost of postage throughout the years, beginning in 1863. The price listed is for letters weighing up to one ounce.

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