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Friday, April 3, 2015

Dealing with Junk Mail

Junk mail is a source of stress for many of us.  My niece hadn’t even moved into their new home, yet she was buried under an onslaught of junk mail…a full month before moving in!  She sent me these photos.Insert photos somewhere please….Junk mail certainly wastes a lot of our natural resources and clutters up our personal and mental space.Where does it come from and why is there so much of it?

Here are great ways to deal with junk mail ::

Thanks for Jill of Simply Organized for her post today!

My niece’s mortgage company most likely sold her and her husband’s names and their address to a direct marketing company.  When you purchase a product or service and provide your name and address, you will probably be added to mailing lists used for direct marketing campaigns.  This also happens when you sign up for a credit card, subscribe to a magazine, buy items from a catalog, donate money to a charity, or fill out a product registration form.

If you don’t want to be added to more direct marketing lists, memorize this statement:  Do not rent, sell, or trade my name or address.  Write those words next to the information you fill out on credit card applications, raffles, subscriptions and warranty cards.  Are you aware that it’s not always necessary to fill out warranty cards in order to validate the warranty?  Be sure to read the fine print at the bottom of the warranty card.  Use the same statement, from above, when ordering products by phone or internet.
Visit this comprehensive website to start removing your name and address from junk mail lists, credit card solicitations, charity requests, and more.

Here are great ways to deal with junk mail ::

Since duplicate and unwanted charity requests are a concern for my clients and people I talk to, I bet they are also an issue for you.  Here is a website with 7 tips for reducing charity appeals.

Your name can be added to a list in an instant but it takes time to remove your name from the same list.  Be patient and diligent and you will be rewarded with peace of mind and a less cluttered mailbox.  From this day forward, request that your name and address not be sold, rented or traded.

P.S. One other great way I've found to help is an app called PaperKarma - you take a photo of the junk mail and they get you off the mailing list.

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