- going paperless and paying most of my bills online
- contacting companies who send me catalogs, etc. kindly asking to be removed from their mailing lists
- opting out of credit card offers (these ones are the worst because they pose such a threat for identity theft) by calling 1.888.5 OPT OUT (or 1.888.567.8688)
1. Nasty junk mail: I think this one was for me to buy insurance for my appliances (an extended warranty)...no thanks.
2. Open and sort: A) Shred pile (anything with my personal info on it). B) Whatever can be utilized later pile. C) Recycle pile. D) An awesome, perfectly functional, brand spanking new envelope.
3. Use that "whatever can be utilized later" piece of paper from pile "B" (already just the right size) in a window envelope (also salvaged from junk mail) - I usually mark an 'x' through it or whatever scratch paper I am using, flip it over and...
4. Address whatever mail I might have to send out (believe it or not, some places still have you snail mail an actual check ;)
5. This envelope happened to have an address already on it so I just used a sharpie to mark it out. I will use these types of junk mail envelopes for things I don't have to address like my HOA payment which I pay in person. Otherwise you can just slap a label on top of it if you need to address it.
6. My stash of "free" envelopes. Safe to say I will never have to buy a security-type envelope...ever.
For more tips on stopping junk mail check out: http://www.ecocycle.org/junkmail/index.cfm. I need to check this out too, I already see some more things I can try!
Do any of you have other tactics for stopping junk mail? Or, how do you make the most of your junk mail?
09/22/11 - I'm linking this post up with "Your Green Resource"
on Live Renewed, Sorta Crunchy, A Delightful Home, and the Greenbacks Gal.