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November 10, 2010

Green Your Junk Mail: Escape the System

IStock_000005457422XSmallJunk mail can ruin your day: 5.6 million annual tons of ads choking mailboxes isn't pleasant for mail-getters, and it's even harder on the environment. This week's tips should help you curb the volume of waste piling up in your real-life inbox.

Tip# 3: Don't Give Your Address

We've given you tips about how to get off the lists of relentless ad campaigns, but how do you get on them in the first place? Whenever a cashier or website asks for your address or phone number for a company's rewards program, you're probably being added to a list of other victims soon to be dealing with said company's direct-mail campaign. Corporations track your purchases to identify what products you are more likely to buy, but a resounding "no" to their original offer can save you some postal harassment.

Tell us: Which companies attack your mailbox the most?

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