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CHALLENGE DAY 7

Is there something in your mailbox EVERY day?  80% of what’s in there is probably junk.  Did you know that you can get removed from many of the marketing lists and reduce your junk mail significantly?

Today’s challenge is to

Reduce Junk Mail

you can greatly reduce the amount of mail you

receive by completing a junk mail reduction

form and opting out of consumer programs

and go electronic with your periodicals!

There’s nothing like holding a beautiful copy of National Geographic or a home design magazine and relishing in the beautiful photographs.  So, if you have a magazine that you receive that brings you joy, that is absolutely part of being mindful to yourself.  And, sometimes you just need a paper copy of The Reader’s Digest (if you know what I mean).

However, for your daily news sources, newsletters, bank statements and bills, you can usually go paperless and sign up for electronic versions of these and then read them on your computer, tablet or phone.  Often, they are easier to find when they are electronically saved to your computer where you can sort and search for them.

Here are some ways to reduce junk mail.  This challenge should take about 10-20 minutes for the general opt-out and up to a couple hours if you choose to go with electronic versions of your more specific mailings.

After your morning coffee or tea, take a few minutes to go to this web site:

https://dmachoice.thedma.org/register.php

This site charges $2, but you are off the mailing lists for 10 years.

(You can also reduce the number of unsolicited e-mails and telephone calls you receive through this site).

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Type in your details and get removed from many of the consumer credit reporting lists.

http://www.optoutprescreen.com

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…and take it further to get off several smaller list brokers lists:

https://www.valpak.com/coupons/show/mailinglistsuppression

https://www.redplum.com/tools/redplum-postal-addremove.html

https://www.redplum.com/tools/redplum-postal-addremove.html

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Send an e-mail to abacusoptout@epsilon.com

with the Subject Line “REMOVE” and type

your name (including middle initial) and

address (including former address if you’ve moved in the past six months)

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And, finally if you still receive them, you can stop receiving the Yellow and White Pages: https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/

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For bonus points, go electronic (where available) with your bank statements, regular bills (like water, mortgage, energy, etc.).  You can e-file taxes (in many cases).  (This may take a while as you will have to research each of your utilities, banks, doctors, etc.).

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Super advanced level (okay, this is simply more tedious), sometimes you have to call the periodical’s or catalog’s customer service line and request to be removed from their mailing list.

That’s less in the recycle bin, less in the landfill and less clutter in your home.

What’s left should be mostly beautiful magazines, post cards from far off places, letters and card from friends and family.

Good luck!  You’ve got this!

 

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