Whether you’ve write a love letter, paying the electric bill, or wish to send off a vacation postcard, you’re going to need a stamp to make sure you’ve paid the postage to send your correspondence. As of October 15, 2010, the U.S. Postal Service sells stamps for the standard letter and other packages for 44 cents. A book of 20 stamps costs $8.80.
When the price of stamps changes, owners of older stamps must purchase additional stamps to make up the difference. The U.S. Postal Service offers stamps that cost $0.01 and $0.02 for this purpose. Depending on your needs, additional postage can also be purchased, including stamps that cost $0.04, $0.05, $0.10, $0.28, $0.55 (first class rate), $0.64, $0.79, and $0.98.
The post office also sells Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box stamps for $4.95 and an Express Mail stamp for $18.30.
Postal Stamp Increases
The last time a stamp increase in the United States took place was on May 11, 2009. The most significant change was a 2-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp to the current 44 cents. Every year, prices for mailing services are reviewed and adjusted in May.
The U.S. Postal Service lists all current postal stamp prices on their website.