If you are like 98% of all Americans, you get mail you would rather not receive (and I'm not talking about bills - who wants those). Here are a couple suggestions of things to use that unwanted mail for.
The most obvious, is to use old mail to start a fire with if you have a wood stove or fireplace. Just don't burn mail with plastic return labels (the plastic melts and makes a mess).
If you get mail with envelopes for response you can use them in two ways. One is helpful: reuse the envelopes to mail others. For envelopes of odd size or with "windows" you can either cover the windows with a mailing label and use them anyway. The other option is to keep them to organize. I keep my receipts every month to keep track of how I spend my money. I make an envelope for a particular month and put the receipts in it as I get them. If you have to keep seperate receipts for company reimbursement you can mark one for a month and put the company name on it.
Another thing to do (if you have a mischievous streak like my dad) when you get envelopes with return postage already on them, is to take the junk mail and mail it to the place who provided you with a postage paid envelope. Another option would be to fill it with something personal: your opinion of unsolicited mail, a Bible verse or two, poetry, or be imaginative and send something that will really get noticed (like a dead roach or some other bug). The thing is the company that supplied you with the postage paid envelope still has to pay for it no matter what you send them. Maybe if enough people sent them junk back, they would stop harassing people with their junk.
Another thrifty tip, if you get a package of any size you can reuse it by taping it back together. You just have to make sure the original mailing label has been removed or blacked out with a magic marker. And by "original mailing label" I mean any labels: return address, send to address and post office labels/postage stickers.
By suntydt from Tazewell, TN
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Some where there is an address you can write to concerning junk mail. Sorry, I don't have it. Maybe one of the readers might? Good luck.
By Judy = Oklahoma12/07/2010
I have also taken unsolicited junk mail, stuffed it back in the envelope & mailed it back to the company that sent it, if I've already asked them to remove me from their list & they haven't. I know people who also take junk mail & send it to other companies who send them junk mail!
Sending something else like a "dead roach or some other bug" is just asking for major trouble though. I would think you could be arrested & prosecuted, not to mention lawsuits from the company and the poor employee who was unfortunate enough to open the envelope! I wouldn't suggest anyone try it.
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I get so disgusted with all the junk mail I get in the mail that I have start taking my name off it all. Then put it back in the envelopes they give you postage paid and mail it all right back to them. Let them pay for the postage and save space in my trash can. Maybe they will stop all these random mailings to get you to buy something.
By Debbie from Berwick, ME
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