06 : Get Rid of Junk Mail

This is the sixth in a series of (hopefully) 52 posts related to the book Every Monday Matters. I'd love it if some other people wanted to go through the book with me. Contact me if you're interested.

So every month I get credit card offers, information on how to subscribe to a magazine that I don’t want to subscribe to. A sports magazine that whoever lived in my apartment before subscribed to. And it’s still coming to me!

A couple air purifier catalogues, some coupons for stores I never go to, and a fitness catalogue.

Do I look like the kind of guy that reads a lot of fitness catalogues?

Junk mail is just a waste of your time, and a waste of paper.

Now I’m not saying I’m a ‘tree-hugger’, but waste is never a good thing.

The good news is there are some really easy things that you can do to cut down on the amount of junk mail that you get.

Whenever you need to give somebody your address, check and see if there’s a box that says “Don’t sell my information to anybody.”

If you can’t find a box, then below your address just write: “Don’t sell my information to anybody.”

Unsubscribe from those air purifier catalogues that you never read anyway.
Just call them up and tell then you don’t want it anymore.

If you get a lot of catalogues that you just throw away, there are a couple websites that let you unsubscribe from big lists of catalogues, like CatalogChoice or ProQuo.

You’re never going to totally eliminate junk mail, so just be responsible with what you still have.

And if can’t recycle, at least find some other use for it.