More Junk Mail Coming Soon: How to Stop It

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Junk mailThink you're inundated with direct mail now? Thanks to a change in Post Office rules, soon you could be receiving even more. Here are some tips on how to stop, or at least reduce, that junk mail.

The Post Office recently changed its regulation requiring that each piece of mail carry a postal address (although the name at that address could be Resident or Occupant). This is important because direct mailers, to meet this stipulation, had to buy mailing lists of addresses.Now, however, the mail can be addressed to specific carrier routes only and that postal carrier will deliver it to each household on his or her route. The chronically poor Post Office hopes that lower cost will translate into more junk mail, because it makes money on junk mail.

There are options though, that will allow you to cut back on the bulk mail offers you receive. These include:

Visiting DMAChoice, a site run by the Direct Marketing Association. Here, after you register, you can choose what catalogs to receive or block, and take your name off of hundreds of lists for charity solicitations and product offers.

This doesn't cover you for insurance and credit offers, however. For that, you'll need to go to OptOutPrescreen.com, a site run by the major credit bureaus. Here you can choose to opt-out of direct mail of his type for five years. If you want to make this permanent, you'll have to print out and snail mail the request. You can also reach the service by phone at 1-888-567-8688 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-888-567-8688end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Another site that overlaps these two, Catalog Choice, is a not-for-profit organization that has its roots in the ecology movement and the waste of paper and energy represented by bulk mail. The free service will help you stem the flood of catalogs, phone books, coupons, donation pitches and other junk mail.

Having done that, contact those who persist in dunning you directly. For example, if you're peeved when you receive blank checks against your credit card account via bulk mail, call the bank and ask it to stop.

Also, nip the problem in the bud by being more cautious about how you spread your name and address. When signing up for something online or on paper, look for check boxes that allow you to opt out of having your name sold to mail list marketers. If you don't find one, on paper sign-ups for contests, applications or purchases, for example, you could write "Do not sell my name" on it, and hopefully your data will be encoded that way.

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The DMAChoice site also offers you the option to remove your email from commercial mailer's lists, but will only work with those which use the association's email preference service (eMPS) opt-out lists.

If you actually want to receive more snail mail (perhaps those of you heating with wood could use the paper to keep you warm at night), you can also sign up at some of these sites to receive more offers.
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