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How to reduce incoming snail mail
Go ‘paperless.’ You aren’t just saving trees when you choose to receive bills and statements electronically from utilities, banks, and credit cards. Such routine paper records, when disposed of unshredded, make you vulnerable to identity thieves.
Target credit card and insurance offers. Go to OptOutPrescreen.com to block unsolicited offers from these two industries. The FTC-recommended service run by the Consumer Credit Reporting Industry requires that you provide your Social Security number, but signing up will stop such mailings for five years. And you can block the offers for good by mailing in a form.
Block catalogs and coupons too. Catalogs, promotional flyers, and donation requests can be stopped by visiting DMAChoice.org. A $2 fee lets you opt out for 10 years. To halt coupon packs, seek out the cancellation forms at Valpak.com and RetailMeNot.com.