Is your mailbox overflowing with advertisements, credit card applications, and catalogs every day?
Save yourself some hassle and a lot of paper by following these tips!
Here are some tips from the EPA (http://www.epa.gov/region1/communities/stop_spam.html) to significantly reduce the amount of direct mail you receive:
- Register with the Mail Preference Service of the Direct Marketing Association, the largest supplier of mailing lists for commercial advertising, to remove your address from their list. Note that your registration is only valid for five years.
- Stop credit card offers, one of the largest sources of direct mail, by making one phone call. Consumer credit reporting agencies like Trans Union, Experian and Equifax, maintain mailing lists that are often used by credit card and insurance companies to send out direct mail. Call 1-888-5-OPTOUT (1-888-567-8688) to permanently remove your name and address from their lists.
- Every time you order something over the phone, internet, or through the mail, your name may be sold. To prevent this from happening, call or write these businesses and organizations and request a privacy designation on your name, address and phone number. Tell them that under no circumstances is your personal information to be sold. It may be helpful to make a list of all businesses that you interact with. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Credit card companies
- Mortgage companies
- Insurance agencies
- Frequent flyer programs
- Universities and schools that you or your children attend(ed)
- Cable companies
- Phone companies
- Long distance carriers
- Mail order companies you have done business with (If you still want to receive some catalogs from these companies–just not one every week–you can call and ask them to put you on a different mailing cycle).
In recent news, Verizon is stopping automatic delivery of the white pages. However if you want to manage yellow pages and other local directory deliveries, you can register on this website and your preferences will be communicated to the appropriate companies: http://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/
Don’t have time to take all of these steps? This service will work on reducing your direct mail for a fee: http://www.41pounds.org/
Good luck trimming down your mailbox!