Junk mail

I’ve talked about eliminating junk mail before. I’ve been meaning to share these tips to reduce the catalogues and credit card offers, which I came across on the RIRRC website. I was pleased to find the Direct Marketing Association website and I quickly registered. A statistic on the RIRRC page states that the average American receives an estimated 41 pounds of junk mail a year. That’s a lot of paper. I’m still receiving coupon papers and service offers like the ones in the photo above. They are all addressed to “our neighbor” or “current resident” and there are often duplicate copies delivered on the same day. For offers from businesses like Geico and Verizon, I will call them again and try to get on a do not mail list—though it makes me a little uneasy to have to provide my name and address to a company just so that they’ll stop sending mail! As for the coupon papers… I’m still working on that.

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2 Responses to Junk mail

  1. stella April 9, 2013 at 3:07 am #

    I just found out about this website (DMA) today and got going on getting off all mailing lists. I, too, don’t know what to do about those mailings that are addressed to “resident”.. I’m going to call the PO and see if they have any suggestions

  2. Jessica November 22, 2014 at 4:13 am #

    In New Zealand a lot of people have “No Circulars” or “No Junk Mail” signs on their mail boxes. I guess when people first started doing this it would have just meant it was getting thrown away by the postmen or something, but over time (and it’s been being done since before I left home 10 years ago) I imagine it has reduced the amount that companies see fit to print and thus the amount that ends up in a landfill. You do get the odd thing from people delivering their flyer by foot but otherwise it’s pretty successful!

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