I have used catalog choice to significantly reduce my junk mail, and I'm happy with it. I've tried to stop phone books-- sometimes it works, but it seems that I have to be more careful to make my request at the right time of year for it to work. https://www.catalogchoice.org/
My biggest problem has been that I like to donate to organizations that are devoted to environmental protection, like Sierra Club, EarthJustice, etc. But whenever I do, the amount of junk mail I get goes through the roof. Has anyone else had this issue?
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Thanks for the websites! I will look into them! -- I love getting notes and cards from freinds, but also have the issue of getting mail for the previous owners of the house. I keep marking it as no longer at address. It's dropped significantly over the past couple of years, but still have outliers.
I find it interesting that I've gotten catalogs from ordering things online. Seems silly as I already know where the most up to date catalog is!
I was reading No Impact Man and he had some suggestions on how to stop junk mail. I recently registered at: https://www.dmachoice.org/dma/member/reg ist.action which can take you off some lists for 5 years.
There is another mailing list you can register to stop junk mail here: http://www.directmail.com/
For me, I often get thos ValPak coupon envelopes. You can stop getting those by going here: http://www.coxtarget.com/mailsuppression /s/DisplayMailSuppressionForm
As for getting other people's mail, I will write down, "Return to Sender. No longer here," and stuff it into the nearest mailbox.
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I do pretty well with keeping junk mail down to a minimum, and I do send back the postage paid envelops with a no thanks note as well. However, I too would like to know the "do not mail" websites. I've been trying to convince our HOA to e-mail their monthly news letter, but so far it has fallen on deaf ears.
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My biggest6 problem is getting other peoples junk mail. Our home used to be a rental with lots of tenats through the years. I have been just popping any stuff that doesn't belong to us back in the mail box. I think the mail man is starting to get the hint. Some of the stufff looks kinda inportant. I accidently opened one bill, and found out it was a current bill! So I called the company and found out it, was their error in data entry. That is was supposed to be south instead of North. But it gave me a pause.
Great idea. I've been actively trying to get off of people's mailing list for awhile now (both physical and electronic) and it's amazing how hard it is for some people to take the hint! Other than one time items the only mail I want to get is Netflix (we all have a vice).
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Many 'junk mail' items come with a prepaid postage envelope with the hopes that it will get used to make some money for the sending solicitor. On order forms, write in large, bold print across/over them "PLEASE, TAKE ME OFF OF YOUR MAILINGS IMMEDIATELY!" Then stick the order form into their return envelope and send it back on their dime. Same deal with pesky postcards.....
It may take a couple of times, but it works and feels good to be proactive on the matter.
There is a website CatalogChoice where you can sign up and get off specific catalogs and other items. About 6 years ago I signed up my husband and I and our 3 oldest children for no more credit card requests. My husband & I did it for ever, and the children for 5 years. Their time is now up and they are getting offers now, so I guess I should sign them up again Many years ago, like 25, I signed up for no more junk mail. Our mail has been down to just a couple of things, until a 2009 when I took over my in-laws' mail. Our addresses and names became confused and now we are getting more. We are still down to just 3 or 4 items a day, though, which is great, especially when 2 of those are checks! Just be viligent about calling or emailing the companies, not giving your information, and telling people to take your name, address, & phone numbers off their lists and the lists they share. It works!
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I need to get back on this. I was down to only the sentimental items and my water bill (they didn't have paperless billing at that time). I did the credit card offer opt out website, but in the past year or so I've been getting offers again. Does anyone know the website? I don't remember...
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Wow, I didn't realize it could be done. I was a little worried about the website I found that discontinues the credit card offers because they asked for my social security number, although many people have told me it works. I found it ironic and mildly infuriating when I started receiving giant, thick letters from Comcast inviting me to "Go Green" and sign up for paperless billing (which I always do immediately when getting a new service). They're not the only ones, either. A lot of these companies should really take their own advice.
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Definitely! This is something I am always working on. Besides adding yourself to a do-not-call list, don't forget to contact all bank, loan and credit card companies you have accounts with to opt yourself out of them sharing your info with others. This will save TONS of junk mail. In addition, never give your address to a store when checking out, and when ordering anything online or from a catalog, immediately call and follow up to ask not to be added to their catalog list or to have that info shared with others. I've been pretty diligent about getting off lists for the last few years, and we get almost zero junk mail and no catalogs at this point. It's really worth the effort!
Yes, I stopped buying from catalogues years ago because they all sell their mailing lists. Now I don't get any catalogues except gardening. I miss all the cool ideas but since I didn't see them, I am not tempted to buy stuff
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Okay, I don't literally mean NO mail. I still want letters from my family or birthday cards, and all wonderful sentimental things -even though all of these things could be accomplished in more environmentally correct ways. However, I do want everything in my mail to be something tha delights me. Bills, magazines, flyers, mail from my health care provider....
ALL of this can be done electronically. I just have to be more vigilant about telling them that I want only to receive electronic notification. I've made a start, but I fell off the bandwagon a little.
Today I'm canceling the Penzey's catalog, the LL Bean catalog, the Lands' End catalog, the Title 9 catalog, and Wine Country Gift Baskets catalog (where did this one even come from?). I will make a note to check their on-line catalogs seasonally to see if there is something I must have. A few trees saved...
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