USPS is making changes in July. Here's what it means for your mail

WASHINGTON−Changes are coming to your mail in July, as new U.S. Postal Service pricing takes effect early in the month.

Costs will go up by 5 cents to mail a first-class, international letter and by 3 cents on multiple items, as USPS tries to offset inflation and bring in "much needed revenue," according to the agency.

This month will mark the fourth price increase in two years on Forever Stamps, which have increased from 55 cents in 2021 to 66 cents on July 9.

Other costs could also go down with the new USPS Ground Advantage plan.

All the changes will begin Sunday, July 9. Here's what you need to know:

USPS costs going up on stamps, letters, postcards

The US Postal Service is making changes to its rates in July to offset inflation and generate revenue. Some costs will go up and others will go down for customers.
  • Forever Stamps will increase from 63 cents to 66 cents
  • A 1-ounce letter will increase from 63 cents to 66 cents
  • A 1-ounce metered letter will increase from 60 cents to 63 cents
  • Domestic postcards will increase from 48 cents to 51 cents
  • A 1-ounce letter mailed to another country will increase from $1.45 to $1.50
  • Postcards mailed to another country will increase from $1.45 to $1.50

USPS costs going down with Ground Advantage program

The Postal Service's new Ground Advantage plan starts Sunday, July 9 and will replace previous plans, such as Ground Returns, Retail Ground, First-Class Package, Parcel Select Ground and First Class Package Return. Here's what the changes mean for you:

  • Free package pickup service at homes or offices
  • Tracking is included
  • $100 insurance included, with $5,000 more available to purchase
  • Packages ship in 2 to 5 business days
  • More than 3% cheaper for retail customers and about 1% cheaper on commercial prices