Stop Junk Mail & Offers

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!

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4 Responses

  1. I gave a few speeches in the 1990’s and 2000, 2001, 2002 while Commissioner Jim Fonteno was on the Harric County Commissioners’ Court. I think one time I gave a speech about Radack’s wife and Mr. Fonteno said something to the effect of “Who is that!?” Well Commissioner Fonteno, it is I “James Partsch-Galvan” lol
    Rest In Peace and HAPPY 4TH OF JULY 2008 WEEKEND!
    LOVE, MAYORGALVAN *+* AKA JAMES PARTSCH-GALVAN AKA G A L V A N
    http://www.mayorgalvan.com

  2. The site you have listed will put a dent in the junk mail you get, but you will still get stacks of junk mail. To Stop Junk Mail I use MyJunkTree and did it all in one place. They have a simple and easy to use website to stop teh misc. junk mail, weekly coupons, credit card offers, phone books and teh catalogs you no longer want. You can even order you free annual credit report and get on the National Do Not Call Registry right from thier website, truly one stop shopping. Check them out if you get a chance.

  3. Well, at first I was irritated with all the junk mail coming in. Now, I save the return envelopes – you know, the one that says no postage necessary if mailed in the US. I simply put another advertisement in the return envelope so the advertiser gets a taste of what it’s like to receive junk mail.

  4. I happen to be one of the owners of MyJunkTree and as a new company I search the web to see if we are getting any visibility out there and it seems the word is getting out. Thanks for the support.

    We launched the company because we were tired of all the junk mail we were receiving and we personally did not want to bounce all over the web to contact all the different companies to stop it all. First and foremost we wanted to let people choose what they wanted to let come to their home knowing that some people really do like some of the coupons and catalogs. So our clients choose what they want stopped.

    We also had to provide a service that is different than the other services out there, so here is what we offer:

    1. We have a database of over 1300 catalogs that you can choose to stop.
    2. We have over a 2000 charities/Non-Profits that you can stop solicitations from.
    3. Stop the delivery of the national phone directories.
    4. Stop the delivery of the weekly coupons.
    5. Stop the general credit card offers as well as the ones from your own major bank.
    6. Stop the miscellaneous junk mail from the data brokers.
    7. You can register on the National Do Not Call Registry from the website.
    8. You can order your no strings attached free annual credit report right from the website.
    9. We plant trees with every new membership.

    And, yes we are a paid service and yes you can do everything that we do for free, if you want to do all the research and spend the time contacting the companies yourself it can easily be done. We have just done all of the legwork for our clients and feel there is value in the service we provide.

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