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Every year I get way too many catalogs but before Christmas I receive them from companies that have gotten my address from the other companies and so it adds up to big stacks. Many go right from the mail box to the recycling bin. Last night there was a spot on Catalog Choice which is a site that helps you stop catalogs you don't want. They say each man, woman and child in America gets 60 some catalogs a year and that they are difficult to stop.
This group is working with companies so you can go to one place to stop extra catalogs. You simply tear off the last page with the customer number and address and recycle the rest. Then go to the site and add your information.
There is also information on how many trees are cut down each year to print catalogs that produce very little in sales for the companies.
Whenever you receive a new catalogue that you intend to keep, either circle the expiration date on the front cover or write it on with a black with a felt tip marking pen. Then you will know when to recycle the catalogue without having to hunt for the date. Sure saves time!
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What is a good storage solution for keeping several different catalogs organized? I like to keep them to refer to in the future. Also I need ideas on how to organize different things that come in the mail (not bills) such as restaurant coupons, sale brochures etc., that I don't want to throw out right away. I don't have lots of shelf or drawer space.
Scooter from Carrollton, TX
Take your all "advertising" mail to work in your brief case or tote bag. Tear out ads from sale papers that you want to buy, or write a list on brightly colored paper. Place catalogues you want to keep in a hanging file folder and restaurant, dry cleaning, watch repair coupons, etc., on a bulletin board at home.
Have you ever seen those boxes photo's are stored in? I have 3 stacked on top of my entertainment center with a travel theme printed on the box. On one end is a metal plate with a piece of paper used to tell what's inside. I use one for take-out menu's, one for coupons and the last one for photo's (go figure) :)
Use your imagination and fill those boxes up!
How 'bout an accordian type file....maybe you would need more than one. They usually have tabs that you can write on and then organize what items you put in it.
If the catalog companies have online sites, why keep the catalogs?....just rip off the front page or whatever page has the name of the company and the web address and then file those in the accordian file.
Do you have wall/floor space? Book shelves (free standing or on a wall) are very versatile and can often be found at a yard sale. Since I generally find that of all the magazines I get, I only want to really keep about 12 pages of it for future reference. Once a year or so, I spend an afternoon cutting out the stuff I want and then put them in a photo album. I then give the remaining magazines to the local elementary school for art projects.
What you could do, is get a file cabinet or a real life saver for coupons a three ring binder with the plastic, forget what they're called. Some times card collectors use them. If you have any idea what I'm talking about. Hope this was helpful. :)
You can stop unwanted catalogs from arriving in you mailbox. Check the boxes of those catalogs. They will be removed from your mail list. Wonderful service!
By Yankee from Long Valley NJ
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How many others out there think the number and frequency of all those glossy magazines over and over again IS SO WASTEFUL!? Some of the biggest offenders are Kohl's, Penney's, and the Bon Ton. If those companies would stop that practice, they could pass on the savings to us. Can anyone out there IMAGINE the cost of publishing and printing all those catalogs? I think it is a DISGRACE! Hey, but that is just me!
Bonnie from Martinsburg
I like to get catalogs. I get to dream about all the things I can't afford! Our public library has a catalog/magazine exchange: leave some, take some. Maybe you could start something like that. Or take them to nursing homes. Some of the patients never get any mail and love to have something to look at. Be thankful if you're not getting porn, I get some of the most disgusting stuff(emails, too) you can imagine and I don't know how I got on those lists! On that thought I'll sign off and say"Merry Christmas"! (12/21/2007)
By joan pecsek
I just saw a website on a national news channel that you can register free of charge and you can take your name off catalogs. If yours isn't listed, you can add it. A woman on tv who signed up has so far asked to be removed from 80 plus catalogs so far. The site is www.catalogchoice.org. Hope this helps. I call each company and ask to be removed and also send back the mailing label with a note too. But at least I can do it online and they forward the info and you can even go back if you are not removed within a certain amount of time. Worth checking it out.
As soon as I get ANY stuff I don't want, I immediately call the toll free number, and tell them to REMOVE ME FROM ALL MAILINGS, IMMEDIATELY. Then, if the material has a postage-free envelope, I send it back with the same message. Why should our postal employees carry around all this stuff just for us to throw it out, and why should we have all those trees cut down, just for junk mail. Check out the internet; no carrying - throwing-out - or recycling. (12/21/2007)
I appreciate all the feedback. My main point with the advertisements, was the $$ the companies put into them, could and should be used for reducing their asking prices for merchandise. If we didn't have to pay for all that advertising, goods could be cheaper! (12/21/2007)
I finally managed to get myself off those pesky lists and I ordered something online now I am on another one. My fault entirely. I am getting really fed up with 10 minutes of commercials on a 30 minute TV show, especially the ones where they tell you to ask your doctor about so and so. My doctor's first advanced degree was in pharmacology! I don't need to be telling him about drugs. There is a way to keep the porn out of your email. Before I had my present email I downloaded a free spam program called SPAMFIGHTER. It was wonderful! It will let you blacklist addresses as well as domains. Just google SPAMFIGHTER. (12/22/2007)
By Marty Dick
I LOVE getting catalogs, but, that's just me! If you don't, them by all means, don't let them waste paper and kill more trees. Register to STOP getting catalogs and other junk mail!
The local elementary schools have paper recycling bins in the parking lots. That's where I put the catalogs. (12/23/2007)