Price Of Forever Stamps Will Rise On July 9th
The price of a forever stamp from the United States Postal Service is set to rise on Sunday, July 9th. A forever stamp will now cost 66 cents, up from its previous price of 63 cents.
A Forever stamp cost just 50 cents in 2018 and jumped to 63 cents in January of this year. In total that represents a 20% increase since 2018.
Here's how much the cost of sending a letter domestically has increased (or decreased) over the years.
(prices via Wikipedia)
1863- The price to send a letter was just six cents (or three cents for a 1/2 ounce mailing)
1883- The price actually decreased a bit 20 years later to just four cents per letter.
1885- Two years later, the price went down again, to two cents per letter mailed.
1898-1928- The price fluctuated between two and three cents during this thirty year stretch.
1932- The price increased by one cent to three cents per letter. (I'm sure the outrage was palpable).
1958- It took 26 years but the USPS raised the price by another cent to four cents.
1963- Five years later the price increased to five cents.
1968- Another five years, another big (one cent) increase to six cents.
1971- The price rose to eight cents per stamp.
1974- The price again rose by two cents to ten cents/stamp.
1981- After incremental increases between 1974-1981, the price rose to 20 cents in November of '81.
1985- The price increased to 22 cents in February of 1985.
1988- Three years later, the stamp rose to 25 cents.
1991- The price jumped another four cents to 29 cents.
1995- A stamp rose to 32 cents.
1999- A one cent increase to 33 cents.
2001- A stamp cost 34 cents.
2002- One year later the price rose to 37 cents.
2006- A stamp cost 39 cents by 2006.
2007- The first year of Forever stamps saw the price set at 41 cents.
2008- The price of a stamp rose to 42 cents.
2009- Another increase saw the price rise to 44 cents.
2012-2013- Three years later the price of a stamp went up to 45 cents then another cent to 46 in 2013.
2014- Stamps rose three cents in this year to 49 cents and stayed at that price through 2015.
2016-2017- The price of stamps actually decreased in 2016 to 47 cents before going back to 49 cents five months later to begin 2017.
2018- A stamp would now cost a full half-dollar at 50 cents.
2019- The price rose 10% in one year to 55 cents.
2021- The price jumped to 58 cents in 2021.