It’s 8:42pm on Sunday night. I am winding down because I have to wake up at 1:30am to be at work at 3:30am. “Before I lay me down to the sleep,” I wanted to share some useful information I found in a Martha Stewart Living magazine. I often scan through magazines laying around the house before I drop them in the recycle bin. This task usually happens when I am putting off doing something else… this weekend, it was house cleaning. But hey- you benefit from this info… so in the end, it’s a good thing I didn’t do the floors
The artcle was all about banishing junk mail. While I’ve given some of this information on air before, it’s a good reminder. Here goes (and again this is all from a January 2008 Martha Stewart Living article by Jennifer Uscher):
End Unwanted offers Go to www.optoutprescreen.com or call 888-567-8688 to be removed from the major credit bureaus’ mailing lists for pre-approved credit card and insurance offers. Register online to opt out for 5 years or by mail to protect yourself permanently (a printable form is available on the website). You will be asked to provide your Social Security number and your date of birth; the information helps insure that your request is processed, but it’s not required.
Get off Mailing Lists The Direct Marketing Association (DMA), a trade group for companies and nonprofits that send advertising mail, will remove the names and addresses of everyone in your household from mailing lists for 3 years for $1 per person. Register at www.dmachoice.org/mps, or write to Mail Preference Service, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512 (send all variations of names, plus your address and signatures). The DMA says this will reduce your solicited mail by up to 80%. If you move during that 3 year period, you will need to re-register with your new address.
Note that registering with the DMA will not stop Valpak coupon mailings. To halt those, go to www.coxtarget.com/mailsuppression/s/DisplayMailSuppressionForm.
Cancel those Catalogs The Ecology CEnter, an environmental group in California, recently launched www.catalogchoice.org, a site that lets you search for catalogs by name and cancel those you no longer wish to receive. If you can’t find the catalog you’re looking for, click on the “Suggest a Catalog” link at the bottom of the results page.
So what else did I save from that magazine? A recipe for grapefruit souffle. I’m going to try and make that one day… perhaps the next time I’m trying to find something to get me out of vacuuming!