The average American adult receives almost 560 pieces of junk mail each year. And they spend 8 months opening junk mail in the course of their lives! And we wonder why we are drowning in paper!
Do It Yourself
Follow these simple steps to eliminate much of your junk mail. It takes a bit of effort, but the savings in time, energy, and waste are well worth it. I wish I could give you one phone number to call, similar to the National Do Not Call Registry, but it hasn’t been completed yet. Until then, there are several steps you can take to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive:
A relatively new option, and so far the easiest of all the options to eliminate paper clutter, is the free PaperKarma, for your smart phone. PaperKarma lets you take photos of the unwanted mail you want to stop. Snap a photo, and you're done. They automatically contact the Mailer and remove you from their distribution list. PaperKarma can stop most unwanted mail that is addressed directly to you.
Get off the Junk Mailing List. Visit the Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service. Go to www.dmachoice.org, and follow their instructions to stop getting the mail that you don't want. The DMA estimates that listing with their mail preference service will stop 75% of all national mailings
Credit Card Junk Mail Opt Out
Eliminate credit card junk mail. Most credit card companies use a central service to screen out people who don't want to receive their mailings. To avoid getting most credit card junk mail, call 1-888-OPTOUT (888-567-8688).
General Opt Out Strategies
Stop junk mail before it begins. Whenever you fill out a form or place an order, always write "Do not rent or exchange my name" or ask the order taker to please "flag your file" so that your information won’t be shared.
Switch to Automatic Payments
Eliminate the extra papers and advertisements sent to you with current bills by signing up for automatic payment. This will eliminate paperwork, and save you time and save money on postage.
Stop the Catalogs. Most catalogs have an 800 number that customers can use to place orders. Use this same number to call and request that your name be taken off of their mailing list. You can also go to Catalog Choice at www.catalogchoice.org. This site allows you to type in whatever catalog or mailer you receive and opt out. Just be careful that you don’t sign up to receive more catalogs than those you opt out of!
www.directmail.com Through their National Do Not Mail List, they create lists of people who tell them that they do not want to receive direct mail. That list is then supplied to mass mailers so they can check it against the mailing lists they use and remove the names that appear on both lists.
Do you have more money than time? You may want to try one of the following services:
www.41pounds.org will do the work for you. They are a nonprofit organization working to eliminate junk mail and charge only $41 for 5 years. That’s only $8.20 per year!
www.privacycouncil.org Since 2006, more than 41,103 people have trusted the Privacy Council to help manage their personal privacy settings. Like most people, your name, phone number and address has likely also been bought, sold and traded to the point where you are now inundated with all types of messages.
www.stopthejunkmail.com is owned by a young family in Boulder, CO who are passionate about saving the earth and being able to bring their kids up in a better environment and be able to “Breath Fresh Air”! For just $19.95, to get started, they claim to be able to reduce your junk mail by 90%. Their services are 100% guaranteed.
This is just a drop in the bucket. A quick Google search of stop junk mail brings up nearly 10 million sites. So, use my suggestions, or research your own. But certainly do simplify your life by Junking all that Junk Mail!