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Savvy Homeowner Tips 2/15/2019 2:47:22 PM

How to Eliminate Junk Mail

There are 5 things you can do to dramatically reduce the amount of junk mail and phone solicitations you receive.  Please keep in mind that these steps will have to be taken by each person in your household to be effective.

1) Opting-Out of the credit bureaus prescreened list is the best step you can take to reduce your mail volume.  Not only will you reduce the amount of pre-approved credit card and insurance offers, you will be protecting yourself from potential Identity Theft, as thieves would have less opportunity to open accounts in your name. Please visit www.optoutprescreen.com or call 1-888-5OptOut and opt out for either 5 years or permanently. This is a free service provided by the credit bureaus.

2) If you would like to take it a step further, place a “Security freeze” on your credit file. This will virtually guarantee that identity theft won’t happen to you.  Please go to http://www.consumersunion.org/pdf/security/securityTX.pdf for more information.
 
3) Removing your address from the Direct Marketing Association’s database will eliminate much of the remaining mail you receive.  The Direct Marketing Association is the leading global trade association of business and nonprofit organizations using and supporting direct marketing tools and techniques.  It is free to remove your name but it is only valid for 3 years.  It is well worth it.  Please visit https://www.dmachoice.org to complete this step.
 
4) Another thing you can do to stop unwanted contact by companies is to place all your phone  numbers on the National Do Not Call list.  Most people are already on this list, but if you are not, please go to https://www.donotcall.gov to register.  It is free to register, but you will need access to an email address to verify your request.

5) There is one last thing you can do if you really want to get aggressive with making   sure you only receive the mail you want.  Please visit http://precycle.tonic.com/ and follow the instructions.  It will cost $20 per year but they will plant 5 trees in your name with your subscription cost.  For most people, this step is overkill, as you will already be receiving much less mail.
 
If you have any questions about these steps, please contact me.  I would love to help you
simplify your mailbox and reduce the chances that Identity Theft could happen to you. If you would like some help completing them, please let me know.  I would be happy to assist you.

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