Recently I was asked “how do I stop getting junk mail?” Always being up for a challenge, I have some answers…. Junk mail can be a real “Brain Drain”. In addition to being a mental health menace, junk mail can become a physical health hazard… the clutter/piles this junk creates can cause trips, slips or falls. The US Postal Service has a few suggestions.
- Addressees can send a written request to stop or withhold delivery of all promotion, solicitation, announcement or advertisement mail. There is a $1 service fee. Send the written request to: Direct Marketing Association Choice, Data & Marketing Association, PO Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512-0643. The letter needs to state that you wish to be removed from any and all mailings. Include your name (and any versions of your name…Sam, Samuel, S.; Zehm-Clay, Clay etc.) and address.
- Do NOT open the letter, write “Return to Sender” on the outside and place in the outgoing mail.
- Contact each sender individually and ask to have your name removed. Yes, this means a lot of phone calls but hey – you get to talk to someone, right?! And just think if they are talking with you, then they can’t be calling someone else.
- Remind companies that you do business with, that you do NOT want any solicitations. (Place a note along with your bill payment or correspondence.)
- Do NOT respond to warranty cards, raffles, surveys etc.
- Call 1-888-567-8688 ask to opt out of Pre-approved credit card offers. Listen carefully to the directions. (I chose option #3.)
- Not getting the response you had hoped for? Still getting junk? Here is a sneaky way to get your message across…. Save all of those “postage paid” or “free response” envelopes and stuff them full (and I mean FULL) with all the junk mail you get. Then send it. The original sender will have to pay the extra postage.
Answers to Tuesday Funnies:
- Why did the can crusher quit his job? … It was “soda” pressing.
- Did you hear about the Italian chef that died? … He “pasta”way.
- What did one traffic light say to the other traffic light? … Don’t look, I’m changing.
- Why are frogs so happy? … They eat what bugs them.
Thursday “Threezers” (on a Saturday): What do these have in common?
- Photos, Fingers, Football
- Mountain ridges, Ruffles, Rigatoni
- A bookie, A bed, A jelly company
What will you do, “Just for Today”? “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” - Stephen Hawking