End Junk Mail
As I was going through my mail yesterday and, for the umpteenth time got one real letter and about six that I wound up recycling, I finally decided to do something about it. It’s easy – just take 15 minutes and follow these 5 easy steps to help relieve yourself of your ‘junk mail’ clutter and to do your part to reduce waste. If you don’t want to miss out on the coupons, you can usually download them directly from the company’s website.
# 1. Stop It at the Source
Go to the source of your mailings and stop the madness! Remove your name from mailing lists at http://www.dmachoice.org. It may take up to 90 days for mail to stop since many mailings are already in print or production but it will stop. There is a $2 charge for this service but, once you pay, you can get pretty specific about the type of mail you want to receive. Note: If you purchased or donated to a company previously, you will need to reach out to them directly to get removed from their mailing list.
#2. End Credit Card Solicitations
If you’ve ever opened a credit card account or purchased a new home or car, you know that your information has been shared with other lending companies. To eliminate credit card promotional mailings, visit http://www.optoutprescreen.com (or call 1-888-567-8688). You will have the opportunity to choose either a five-year removal or a permanent removal. Note that permanent removal from the lists requires a mail-in form.
#3. No More Unwanted Phone Books
Opting out of receiving your annual phone book is pretty straightforward. Visit https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/ and put in your zip code to find out which publications are sent to your area. Register your name, activate your account and choose which publications you no longer want to receive.
#4. Minimize Charitable Mailings
Whenever you donate, no matter how small your gift may be, your name will be added to the charity’s donor list and may be sold to other lists. So, when contributing to a charitable organization, here are a few steps to help minimize your mailings:
- Make sure you ask them to only send you one donation request per year.
- Enclose a note with your donation requesting that they do not sell your information to other organizations. For a sample note, click here.
As always with charities, research the groups you want to support and don’t feel guily about not giving to the others (even if they send you address labels!).
While the tips above will greatly minimize your junk mail, there are several smaller list brokers and direct marketing firms in the U.S. besides those mentioned above. We have included a few common firms below with information on how to opt out however, if you find you are receiving mail from others, simply cut out your address label and attach to a piece of paper. Send this paper to each of the brokers below (and others as you receive mail) and include the following request: “Please remove my name and address from your mailing lists and do not rent, sell or trade my name or address.” Make sure you sign the paper.
If you find others, please share with us so we can add to this list for others
Online at: https://www.valpak.com/coupons/show/mailinglistsuppression
Mail to: Valpak, 1 Valpak Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Valassis Direct Mail, Inc. (RedPlum publications)
Online at: https://www.redplum.com/tools/redplum-postal-addremove.html
Mail to: Consumer Assistance, PO Box 249, Windsor , CT 06095
Call:1-800-437-0479, between 8:30 and 5:00 EST
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