I check the mail excitedly every single day hoping, just hoping that there is a gift, or a letter, or an enormous check that I wasn't expecting. But, no, it's usually just 5 different credit card offers and 3 different "URGENT!!!! your subscription is set to expire in 6 months...act now so you don't lose your membership privileges" (those ones particularly drive me nuts!). I recently went online and registered my name and address to take me off of junk mail lists. Well, now I'm getting barely anything in the mail. I miss my "Act now for a credit card with $600 limit and 32% interest rate" offers. Ok, not really...but I have found a way to combat my lonely mail blues.
Postcrossing! (Thank you SheasyTime for posting about this on your blog - which, by the way, is a hilarious blog! Go read it, Sheila is so funny). Postcrossing is a website where you register to get an address of someone on the other side of the world from you. You send them a postcard. Once they get the postcard they register it and then you are next in line to receive a postcard from someone else. I can't wait. I just wrote my first postcard tonight. And what luck, I bought a pack of postcards at the Murikami show at MOCA today. It's a sign! And if you are concerned about the impact on the environment from mailing postcards, Postcrossing does support environmental groups by planting trees.
1. Catalog Choice - let's you selected catalogs that you do want to receive and opt out of ones you don't
2. DMA Choice - DMA stands for Direct Marketing Association, a trade group for companies and nonprofits that send advertising mail. You can have them remove your household from their list for $1 for 3 years. Worth it!
3. Opt Out Prescreen - This will remove you from the major credit bureaus' mailing lists for pre-approved credit card and insurance offers.
4. These guys are the big guns - GreenDimes - you $15 and they do all this for you and plant trees with your $15. I didn't do this one so I can't really attest to it's effectiveness personally, but my sister did it and she said it worked.
some other "Martha" tips for banishing junk mail are:
1. opt out whenever you join a club, register for a conference, or fill out a form of any sort
2. Donate anonymously (I like that one!)
3. Beware of warranty cards. Usually a warranty is active without filling out one of those cards.
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