Monthly Archives: October 2017

NEW USPS Pricing for 2018

Today the USPS Announced new pricing for 2018.  You can see their announcement below:

 The Postal Service™ filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes to take effect Jan. 21, 2018. The new prices, if approved, include a one-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail® Forever® stamp from 49 cents to 50 cents. Postcard stamps and metered letters would also have a one-cent increase.

The proposed prices would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent, and most Shipping Services products will average a 3.9 percent price increase. While Mailing Services price increases are limited based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Shipping Services prices are adjusted strategically, according to market conditions and the need to maintain affordable services for customers.

The proposed Mailing Services price changes include:

Product Current Proposed
Letters (1 oz.) 49 cents 50 cents
Letters additional ounces 21 cents 21 cents
Letters (metered) 46 cents 47 cents
Outbound International Letters (1 oz.) $1.15 $1.15
Domestic Postcards 34 cents 35 cents

The proposed domestic Priority Mail Flat Rate® retail price changes are:

 Product Current Proposed
Small Flat Rate Box $7.15 $7.20
Medium Flat Rate Box $13.60 $13.65
Large Flat Rate Box $18.85 $18.90
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box $17.35 $17.40
Regular Flat Rate Envelope $6.65 $6.70
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $6.95 $7.00
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $7.20 $7.25


The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect on Jan. 21, 2018. The complete Postal Service price filings with the new prices for all products can be found on the PRC site under the Daily Listings section at For the Mailing Services filing, see Oct. 6, 2017, Docket No. R2018-1. For the Shipping Services filing, see Oct. 6, 2017, Docket No. CP2018-8.


The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) and DMM Advisories are available on Postal Explorer® (

Technology can make fundraising a lot easier

Technology can make fundraising a lot easier.  But don’t let it become the only money making tool in your shed.  According to Association Meetings Magazine, only 12% of emails are actually opened.  Compare that to 92% of direct mail that’s opened.

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