It’s the day after Earth Day. I didn’t post about it yesterday because (a) I didn’t get around to it, and (b) I didn’t think there was anything that Mrs. PT and I should be doing that we aren’t. Well, Patrick over at Cash Money Life posted about 12 Energy Saving Tips which reminded me of one thing I need to be doing to help Mother Earth: I need to stop receiving junk mail.
Here’s what I’ve done so far:
Today I completed the opting-out process at OptOutPrescreen.com which removes my name from lists supplied by the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies (Equifax, Experian, Innovis and TransUnion) to be used for firm (preapproved / prescreened) offers of credit or insurance. This took less than 5 minutes and is effective for five years. You do have to provide your SSN and birth date.
Mrs. PT and I get no less than five credit card offers in the mail every week. It’s ridiculous. We instantly tear them up and drop them in the recycling bin. Such a waste of time and paper.
Today I also registered with Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service which allowed me to remove my name from advertiser’s mailing lists. I complete their form, which they will send to their members, asking them to honor my preferences. This process also took less than 5 minutes. A credit card (for ID purposes) is needed to register. It is not charged. Since this process gives me a login and password, I can come back and change my preferences at any time.
Challenge to You!
I’ll promise to do a follow-up post soon to let you know if the mailings have stopped. Now I’m challenging you to get rid of your wasteful junk mail. Not only are you helping the environment, you are eliminating a lot of unnecessary spending temptation from your life.
If you’ve used one of these services and seen an effect let us know in the comments below.