Postal Rates

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You might want to pay bills today.

New postal rates kick in Sunday. It will cost 39 cents to send a first-class letter. That's two cents higher.

Other mail rates will also climb. A domestic postcard rises a penny to 24 cents. A one-ounce letter to Canada or Mexico climbs three cents to 63 cents. And the rate to other foreign countries goes up four cents to 84 cents.

Priority mail rises 20 cents and now will cost four dollars and five cents.

The first rate increase since 2002 follows legislation requiring the Postal Service to put more than three (b) billion dollars in an escrow account this year. Another rate hike is likely next year to cover rising costs.