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The amount of junk mail I receive each week has become ridiculous. The final straw came the second week in December, when I finally found a brochure, mailed by my company in November, that described our revised health plan benefits. It was stashed inside a bunch of bulk mailing flyers that luckily I'd set aside to sort through before tossing them out. The stashing was done by my mail carrier or a sorter at the post office, not by me. That was simply inconvenient, but in addition I was tired of having to open and shred the endless credit card offers and blank checks sent "in case you need some extra cash", and I was tired of worrying what could happen should those checks fall into the wrong hands.
Last week I decided to do something about it. I finally went to DMAchoice.org and opted out. This is a site developed by the Direct Marketing Association to help people manage their mail by opting out of receiving catalogues, credit offers, magazine offers and other mail offers. It’s free, and you have the option of starting or stopping mail from individual companies or from entire categories. It takes about 10 minutes to do this. You have to provide personal information, but the site is legitimate, and in the coming months, I hope to see the difference in my mailbox.