Ever feel like you could be buried under the mountain of junk mail you get each week?  You're not the only one.  Junk mail hits us all, especially in the form of those ubiquitous credit card offers that seem to pour into the mail box faster than you can say "bank bailout." 

One Chicago man recently became so intrigued by the number of credit card offers he received each day, that he decided to save them for a year and see what he came up with.  The result?  At the end of the year, George Sibar and his family had saved 445 credit card applications, including 35 credit card offers addressed to his kids, Max, 8, and Jake, 11.  The pile weighed in at over 23 pounds and included offers for zero balance transfers, air miles, and local store discounts.  

The good news is that we can all stop these wasteful credit card offers in their tracks by calling 1-888-5 OPT OUT (or 1-888-567-8688.) The number is staffed 24-hours a day by folks that can help you stop any and all unsolicited credit card offers from coming your way.  For the rest of that junk mail, contact the Direct Mailing Association to get your name off of their lists.  Check them out online at www.dmaconsumers.org/offmailinglist.html, or by sending a postcard or letter to:

Mail Preference Service
Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 643
Carmel, NY 15012-0643

Or check out a junk mail reducing service like 41pounds.org that will remove you from up to 95% of the junk mail lists by contacting each organization from which you receive mail and/or catalogs for a one-time fee of $41.

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