Photo Friday | Update on the Junk Mail Situation

This past May, I wrote a blog post on how you can tackle your mountain of junk mail by opting out of being included on mailing lists.

It doesn't take too much time to complete the online forms, and although some services do cost, it's not expensive (and worth it, in my opinion.)

Not long before I wrote the post, I used the links to opt myself out of mailing lists. #PracticeWhatYouPreach And over the past few months, I've noticed that the amount of junk mail we receive has actually dwindled!

It's still not perfect, but it has helped us to reduce the amount of paper we have to recycle. I still very occasionally get credit card offers, but I think the biggest culprits are local/state political mailers and  RedPlum mailers.

I opted our address out of receiving the RedPlum mailers every week, and waited the 5-6 weeks their website recommends. But we still receive them, although I'm not positive we receive them every week.

One day in September, I pulled the RedPlum out of the mailbox and noticed that there was no address or recipient information on it at all. Other times, the address will be for a house a few streets over (as I'm sure the mail person just grabs one to put in each mailbox.)

I haven't yet contacted RedPlum about the missing address block, but I will be to see if that's even allowed and how I can enforce that I've opted out of receiving it.

Overall, I've enjoyed having a lot less mail to sort through, tear addresses off of, and recycle or shred. It's one very helpful way to make our household a little less wasteful!

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