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How To Stop Junk Mail At Home And Office:
Even though I now do most of my business online, I am still amazed how much physical mail gets delivered to my mailbox.
In an effort to reduce my waste at home and stop the unnecessary paper mail I receive to my home and my business. Here are the five tactics I personally do on how to stop junk mail at home and work and now I want to share them with you.
CREDIT CARD OFFERS:
Call 1-888-567-8688 (888-5OPT-OUT) or visit http://www.optoutprescreen.com
You can remove yourself for a five-year period or a permanent removal. Credit card companies you already do business with you can request to be added to there "in house" list so your information will not be sold or traded. Your Social Security Number and Date of Birth are not required to process your request. However, providing this information will help to ensure that we can successfully process your request. This website's security protocols and features are designed to protect your personal information from unauthorized access or alteration.
DIRECT MAIL SOURCES:
Do you still get ValPak coupons in the mail and never use them? How about from Bed, Bath & Beyond or Red Plum retail coupons? These publications never have coupons I use so I was happy to see they now offer online forms for me to unsubscribe from receiving these mailers. Occasionally I receive these coupons in the previous owners name. Use these two links to remove yourself and your address from their lists.
To get off other direct mail sources, it’s important to remove your name exactly how it appears on their list. Every variation of your name and address is another name on a list. These different variations get sold to thousands of businesses.
To keep track of all the variations, cut out the mailing labels from the mail piece and pop them into an envelope until you are ready to contact the company. Write the company information on the envelope (address and phone number of listed on the mailer). When you are ready to contact the company, either attach each label or rewrite your details EXACTLY as it appears on the label, put your signature beside each name variation with the following verbiage: "Please remove my name and address from your mailing lists and do not rent, sell or trade my name or address."
This method is definitely not quick and requires more effort and money on your part. Snail mail is not free.
I recently learned that I do not have to fill out the warranty card for stuff I buy in order to benefit form the warranty. Be sure to read the fine print first, but in most cases you are not required to return the registration card to validate a warranty. Registration and warranty cards are another way companies collect your data which they may sell or use to send direct mailers.
If you must fill out a return form that includes your mailing address or make a purchase over the phone, BE SURE to also includes these VERY important words:
“Please do not rent, sell, or trade my name or address."
DOWNLOADS & CONTESTS:
When you see and offer for a free download, contest or giveaway it is usually the companies attempt to obtain your name for mailing lists or to sell you something. If you do sign up for one, be sure to use those very important words.
I download free ebooks alot (more than I would like to admit) and there is never a space for me to type the words “Please do not rent, sell, or trade my name or address." so at a later date when their follow-up email or contact does arrive [because it always does], I simply use the unsubscribe option from the email or contact them separately and type those words in email.
I call the number on the catalog and tell them I am no longer interested in receiving their printed version. If they have an online version, I will happily accept it.
I hope this helps you stop junk mail at home and work and curb the amount of unnecessary mail you receive. The less paper we waste, the more trees we can enjoy.
Do you have a trick that you use to reduce getting junk mail?
Please share it with me, I am always happy to learn more about reducing my waste.