As you begin thinking about print materials for 2012, keep in mind that the postage rates will be going up effective January 22, 2012!

The following price increases will go into effect:

*Letters (1 oz.) – 1-cent increase to 45 cents
*Letters additional ounces – unchanged at 20 cents {this means $0.64 stamps will now be $0.65}
*Postcards – 3-cent increase to 32 cents
*Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) – 5-cent increase to 85 cents
*Letters to other international destinations – 7-cent increase to $1.05

Remember to include postage in your budget factoring in mailing your invitations as well as save-the-dates, and you also need to include postage for your RSVP cards. You can save a few cents per piece on your save-the-dates and reply cards by using postcards for these ~ it saves paper too!

In general, now would be a good time to stock up on standard Forever stamps as those are valid…”Forever”! Another tip might be to purchase holiday forever stamps now for next year.

For more information on the postage increase, please visit the USPS website.