Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Banish Your Paper Trail

According to the non-profit organization, the average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year. With retailers unleashing a flurry of holiday catalogs, ads and offers, now is a great time to declutter your mailbox and keep them at bay for the rest of the year.

You can reclaim your mailbox, and help save a few trees while you're at it by starting with just a few easy steps.
  • Register your address on the Do Not Mail List, and they will take your name off of the mailing lists that arrive at your home. The best thing? It's free.
  • Call your credit card companies, and ask them not to send you any more offers, or visit, which allows you to remove your name from lists generated by the four major credit bureaus--Equifax, Innovis, TransUnion and Experian.
  • Ask companies who send catalogs that you never order from or read to stop sending them.
  • Enlist the service Green Dimes to help stop your junk mail. For an initial sign-up fee, they will stop your postal junk mail, send you two energy-efficient light bulbs and a reusable bag.
  • Sign up for online billing. Not only is it now incredibly quick, easy and effective, many companies send you reminders when a bill is approaching the due date, which can save you from future moments of "did I pay that?" panic.
Check out the video below presented by NBC on how to stop junk mail from popping up in your mailbox.

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