Opt Out Directly (When Possible)
Another option is to sign up for TrustedID Mail Preference Service. The service is free and you can search for an individual company or organization and find the opt out instructions. You can even find out how to prevent phone book delivery.
Remove Yourself from Marketing Lists
The Direct Marketing Association via DMACHOICE.org will contact direct mail companies and inform them you wish to opt out of any offers they may have. This includes companies you haven’t done business with. When you register online you can opt-out of catalogs, magazines, credit offers and “other” mail offerings. To reduce credit card offers only, you can use OptOutPrescreen.com. Both services are independent of each other, so be cautious and sign up for both.
Alternatively, previously mentioned41pounds will opt your family out of offers for $35, which lasts for 5 years. They claim a more comprehensive opt out than the other free options.
Use Electronic Billing
Even if you opt out, some companies may send you junk mail in inserts when you receive your bills. If you switch to an electronic statement, you can prevent this problem. Some companies even charge you less if you switch to paperless billing. You can often do this right from their web site.
Avoid Print Magazine Subscriptions
Magazines often result in an avalanche of junk mail as they sell your information to third-party companies. The publisher may allow you to opt-out of selling your information to third parties, but with a large publisher they can still cross-promote other products within the same brand. Even without the third-party junk mail, the publisher still berates you constantly to renew your subscription. The one piece of junk they won’t remove is those annoying insert cards that fall out of the magazine that litter everywhere.
When possible, choose an electronic version of the magazine or start a magazine trade at the office to give your career a boost. If you tend to bring a magazine to a waiting room or a gym, ask the business owner to subscribe to your favorite magazines. Subscriptions are cheap and a great way of accommodating customers.
Donate to a Few Select Charities Instead of Many
If you donate to charity, good for you! But charities often sell your name to other organizations to make money. Smaller gifts barely recoup the costs. Charity Navigator recommends making larger gifts to fewer organizations, rather than many smaller gifts. This maximizes your contribution and gets your name on fewer lists. You may also give to charities anonymously using NetworkforGood.