How to Reduce Junk Mail and Telemarketing Calls

by Chrystal Johnson on December 9, 2010

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If you’re like most people, every time you trek out to your mailbox, it’s crammed full of a bunch of junk mail and credit card applications—which inevitably end up in the trash (or recycling bin) after taking up precious counter space. It’s a waste of time, and it’s not good for the environment.

Stop Junk Mail

Luckily there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of junk that ends up in your mailbox. DirectMail.com offers a National Do Not Mail List that can eliminate much of the unwanted advertising mail you receive. To get your name on the list, click here and fill out the form.

For me, credit applications are the biggest pain because I have to shred them before putting them in the recycling bin. So, I was excited to come across a way to opt out of receiving pre-approved credit offers. You can either call 888-5-OPTOUT (567-8688) or click here to fill out the form online.

You can also write a letter to each of the 3 major credit bureaus (listed below) stating that you do not want personal information about you shared for promotional purposes—another important step toward eliminating unsolicited mail. A sample letter can be found here.

Experian

901 West Bond
Lincoln, NE 68521
Attn: Consumer Services Department

TransUnion

Name Removal Option
P.O. Box 505
Woodlyn, PA 19094

Equifax, Inc.

Options
P.O. Box 740123
Atlanta, GA 30374-0123

By taking these simple steps, you can greatly reduce the amount of junk mail that ends up in your mailbox, and the amount of it that inevitably ends up in our landfills.

Stop Telemarketing Calls

What I find even more annoying than junk mail is telemarketers trying to sell me something I have no interest in (which always seems to happen at an inconvenient time). Fortunately, there is also a National Do Not Call Registry—a free, easy way to reduce the telemarketing calls you get at home.

To register your phone number or to get more information about the registry, click here or call 888-3821-222 from the phone number you want to register.

It’s as easy as that!

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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