Tired of The Junkmail?
Junk Mail, We all get it, and most of us dislike it. It is estimated by the United States Post office that 59% of all mail in the United States is sent by advertisers or solicitors and only 50% of that mail is ever read. This amounts to over 5 Million tons of junk mail a year in the US and nearly all of it ends up in the garbage.
There are a few things you can do to stop these companies from sending you junk mail. Doing this will not only save you time; it will protect your privacy, reduce clutter, and help the environment.
You can opt out of receiving mail from many companies by going to the Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service website at https://www.dmachoice.org/. The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) was founded in 1917 and consists of roughly 3,600 member companies. The DMAchoice website was started to help direct marketers build better relationships with their customers by respecting the wishes of the people to whom they are marketing.
Once you have registered, you can elect to opt-out of receiving mail from any of the member companies. If there are multiple people in your house hold you may need to register each name individually. If you have a deceased relative or individual that is still receiving direct marketing mail, you can register them as well.
The website breaks the direct marketing mail into 4 categories, Catalog Offers, Magazine Offers, Other Mail Offers, and Credit Offers. You can request to start or stop receiving mail from individual companies within each category, or you can choose an entire category all at once. One nice feature I found was the “My Choices” tab, where you can track the status of your mail preferences within each category.
Completing this process should dramatically reduce the amount of the unsolicited mail you are receiving. If you find that the company is not on the DMAchoice list you can contact the company directly and request to be removed from their mailing list. DMAchoice also has an option to register your email address to reduce the junk email you receive as well.
When it comes to those Prescreened Credit and Insurance offers that fill your mailbox, you can opt out of those by calling 1-888-5-OPT-OUT or going to the Credit offers tab on the DMAchoice website. This will redirect you to https://www.optoutprescreen.com/.
When I went through the prescreened credit and insurance offer opt out process myself, there were a few pieces of personal information that I was required to provide. Name, Social Security Number, Address, and Phone number were among the most sensitive information needed. This information is kept confidential and not used for other purposes.
One thing to keep in mind when using any of these services – It may take up to 90 days for a company to actually remove you from their list. If the mailings continue 90 days after your request is submitted, both of these sites allow you to file a formal complaint against the companies that continue to send you mailings.
One final thought. If you are also plagued by telemarketers at home or on your cell phone, you can place yourself on the Do Not Call Registry by visiting https://www.donotcall.gov/.
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