Part of living The Incremental Life is freeing yourself from as many distractions as you can by getting rid of anything that’s useless or unnecessary. This can be anything from clutter that’s accumulated over the years to the seemingly endless stream of junk mail and spam that’s sent to you from week to week.
Though it’s well-nigh impossible to get rid of everything that distracts and annoys you, there are ways to place limits on things such as telemarketer calls, junk mail, credit offers, and more.
Five Exclusive Lists You Should Join Today
1. The Do Not Call Registry—The Federal Trade Commission operates the National Do Not Call Registry. Simply click the link here, or call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you wish to register. Once on this list, telemarketers have 31 days to stop calling you—the only exceptions are certain non-profit organizations or creditors to whom you owe legitimate debts. The Do Not Call Registry covers cell phones as well as land lines.
2. The Do Not Mail List—The Direct Marketing Association operates the National Do Not Mail List which lets you opt out of unsolicited commercial and marketing snail mail from national companies for five years. This will only stop junk mail from companies that use the DMA Mail Preference Service, but most major companies do.
3. The Do Not Email List—The Direct Marketing Association also maintains the Do Not Email List which lets you opt out of unsolicited email for six years. As above, this will only block email from companies that participate in DMA services, and will not block email from any source for which you’ve opted-in to receive email. You’ll also find options to stop email being sent to a deceased family member or a dependent in your care.
4. The Yellow Pages Opt Out—You can attempt to stop those giant yellow brick of paper from getting dropped on your doorstep by visiting the Yellow Pages Opt Out site. Simply enter your ZIP code to discover yellow page directories published in your area, and then register to opt-out. This service may not be able to stop delivery of all phone books, so you may need to track down the individual publishers’ website and see if they provide an opt-out service.
5. The Prescreened Credit Offer Opt Out—To stop receiving prescreened credit card and insurance offers, you can visit the Opt Out Prescreen site and investigate your options. This service is operated by the three major credit bureaus—Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion—and allows you to opt out for either five years or permanently. You’ll need to supply your name, address, phone, and Social Security number. You can also call 1-888-5-OPTOUT as well.
As mentioned above, be aware that companies to whom you’ve voluntarily given your phone number, physical address, or email address—such as on an online form, a survey, a contest entry form—may be exempt from the rules of the opt out lists above. Be selective about who you give your contact information. Submission of your information may be legally viewed as authorization for future contact.
Be informed and know your rights.
Also published on Medium.
I’m Jeff M. Miller, and I help ordinary people who are stuck in a rut change their behaviors so they can be extraordinary. I’m an entrepreneur who retired from my full-time job in my early 40s to work from home. I’m a financial counselor, life coach, graphic designer, and passionate believer in helping others improve their lives a little more each day.
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