Or call 1-888-5-OPTOUT.
The U.S. Government-sponsored National Do Not Call Registry.
http://www.Donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222. It is a violation of FCC regulations for companies to call if you have opted out.
*ROBOCALLS AND CALL CENTER TELEMARKETING:
NoMoRoBo blocks these calls immediately and very effectively-- the phone rings once, then stops. It's free for landlines, $20/yr for mobile. Unsolicited calls that do get through can be reported, and NoMoRoBo will immediately add the number to its database and permanently block it. If your outgoing caller ID starts coming up as "Unavailable" or "Private Caller" to your contacts, call your provider to fix it.
This service can be especially helpful for seniors, who might be targeted by unethical marketers and fake charities; or their caretakers. Just explain that "the phone company can tell if the caller is trying to get money from you, so you'll only get a single ring."
* CHARITIES:Always do your own due diligence on charities before donating. Most phone solicitations are low-rated charities or even scams. The website below formally rates charities, and if you scroll to the bottom, it shows the salaries of chief executives-- sometimes multi-millions.
* BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS ADVERTISING: Contact Dun and Bradstreet to eliminate mailings.
Call 1-800-234-3867 to request Opt Out.
ORGANIZING DAILY MAIL
The mailbox can be a major culprit in excess papers migrating around the house. When out of control, it produces disorder, delays, wasted trees-- and possibly, household strife.
Below is a systematic way to organize it. It's as simple as A-B-C.
A) SORT DAILY MAIL
Set up a dedicated mail-only workstation in the home.
As soon as mail and packages are brought inside:
* Toss recyclables in bin. It is not necessary to open obvious junk mail.
* Sort out magazines and publications.
* Slit open all envelopes at once. Remove all contents at the same time. Throw
envelopes and extraneous paperwork into recycle bin. Slit open any boxes.
* Separate out bills.
* If any letter is more than 1 page, immediately paperclip or staple papers together, along
with reply envelopes.
* Finally... Review relevant mail, and dispense with it ASAP.
* For documents that need to be shredded, identifiers and critical information can
be deleted with a permanent marker instead, then recycled. (optional).
* Use desktop vertical or horizontal shelves and label slots for each family member
-- and use them.
* Switch to online payments and/or automatic debits from checking account, if you are comfortable with that (some people aren't, it's OK). The latter helps give you an excellent credit rating.
* For paper bills, immediately write the check, seal envelope. Write the due date on back flap, attach stamps and address labels. Mail immediately; or else save and mail closer to the due date (have a "tickler" to remind).
C) DE-CLUTTER YOUR MAILBOX:
Use the following links.
These suggestions might be especially helpful for seniors or caretakers to block stuffed mailbox clutter and rip-off scams.
* CATALOGUES: https://www.directmail.com/mail_preference/
It works! You still get catalogues, but only from companies you do business with already or those you opt-in to receive. Switch to online delivery of e-catalogues, or access select websites only when needed. This is a good choice for impulse buyers.
* The online opt-out version expires in 5 years and must be renewed. If you send a hard copy, the opt-out is permanent.
* Does not apply to local businesses. One can selectively opt out of some, but not all, charities with this link