MILWAUKEE -- Mailing letters and shipping packages will be more expensive as of Jan. 27.
She might be old-fashioned, but Cathy Carton loves to mail letters and cards. She sends them out to around 30 friends and family members every holiday.
"I just like to let my friends and family know that I'm thinking of them at the holidays," said Carton.
She might have to reconsider that tradition, with the cost of a "Forever" stamp set to increase by five cents.
"Five cents times 30 is a lot of money when you're on a fixed income," said Carton.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is increasing prices after suffering a net loss of almost $4 billion during the 2018 fiscal year. While USPS officials said they're hopeful the change will help business, it'll hurt Ken Creig's business. He sells items on eBay.
"You got to budget, and all of a sudden you get hit with all these extra little charges. It adds up," said Carton.
Carton said he normally offers free shipping, but after the increase, he might need to add a fee.
"I'm going to have to add something into that just to make up the money," said Carton.
USPS officials said part of the problem is the rising cost of health care for retirees.
The price increase goes into affect Jan. 27.
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