How much of the mail you receive do you actually want? If you’re like me, the majority of what gets delivered to your home each day is junk: catalogs, sales flyers, credit card offers, and coupons. Most of these are unwanted, and it is such a waste of resources for these to be produced and sent only to be tossed in the recycling bin upon arrival. If you’re sick of receiving junk mail here are some free resources to greatly reduce it: DirectMail.com – This is the Do Not Call list for your mailbox. Sign up and you can request removal from all categories of advertising mail or only the ones you select. OptOutPrescreen.com – Reduce the preapproved credit card offers you receive at this site. You can opt out of these offers for five years on the website or request a permanent removal from these lists with their mail-in form. CatalogChoice.org – Create an account and then search by company name to remove yourself from mailing lists. Their database includes catalogs, charitable organizations, and more. theDMA.org – Register on this site to discontinue catalogs, magazine offers, and other marketing offers by category or company name. You can also use this site to stop marketing mail sent to deceased individuals. Keep in mind requests made on these sites can take up to 60 days to take effect. Some companies may require a call to get off their lists. Contact their customer service department and ask to be removed.
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