In the current digital age we are living in, it is sad to see where other forms of communication and services are becoming outdated. The places that are being hurt the most are our local post offices. Ever since e-mail came around I know I can't tell you the last time I wrote someone a handwritten letter. I know it's common to send and receive Christmas and holiday cards around the end of the year. But other than that I text my friends or keep up with them on social media.

You could argue that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is still in use because of the online orders they process and delivery. Unfortunately, it's not enough to keep them in the positive. I saw on NJ.com that the USPS lost about $3.9 billion during their 2018 fiscal year and that's their 12th consecutive year that they have lost money.

I guess the bad news keeps rolling in because I also saw in the same article that Forever stamps are going up along with other mailing services on January 27th. Forever stamps will cost an extra 5 cents per stamps going from 50 cents to 55 cents per stamp. So now's the time to stock up if you want to get them before they go up in price.

Here's a look at other USPS price increases according to NJ.com:

- Priority small box will go from $7.20 to $7.90

Priority medium box will go from $13.65 to $14.35

Priority large box will go from $18.90 to $19.95

Priority flat rate envelope (12.5 inch x 9.5 inch or smaller) will go from $6.70 to $7.35

Priority Express flat rate envelope will go from $24.70 to $25.50

To read more on this and to see all the USPS price increases go here