Goodbye, Junk Mail: Step 1 (Save Your Junk)

It's embarrassing that I still get junk mail, it really is.  I even get the weekly grocery circular, even though I recycle it without even looking at it.  And I get an astonishing array of catalogs.  Thankfully, I don't get credit card offers.  I stopped those some years back, as those are an identity theft issue. (And with my hispanic surname, I am at greater risk of identity theft.  My husband actually suffered a bout of identity theft about a decade ago.)  In my defense, I have moved 4 times in the last 4 years, and each time I move, a new round of junk mail finds me.  So this time, I'm going to record how I get rid of my junk mail for the benefit of my future self as well as for the benefit of my readers.

If you aren't as cheap as I am, you can just pay somebody to get rid of your junk mail for you. (so named because the average adult receives 41 POUNDS of junk mail each year) seems to be very comprehensive and donates some of their fee to an environmental charity of your choice.  But the $41 fee is just a bit much for me.  Here are some additional links to private companies that will help reduce your junk mail for a fee.

For my fellow cheapskates, here is Step 1:
Begin saving all your junk mail.  Don't recycle it!  Put it in a special box labeled "Do not recycle or throw away" (to deter the overzealous recyclers in your home).  Don't worry, you'll recycle it eventually.  Or, brilliant flash of insight, photograph your junk mail before recycling it.  You just need to be able to see clearly see who the mail is from as well as read the entire address label.

If you get junk mail, I hope you'll join me in this journey.

The complete Goodbye, Junk Mail Series:
Step 1: Save Your Junk

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  1. I need this series! I whittled down my junk mail several years ago, but somehow it's gotten out of control again. I'm going to let you do the hard work of finding out how to get rid of it--and enjoy getting the lessons from your blog!

  2. Oooh, I'm totally on board with this series! Thank you!


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