You have decided! You are ready to go into the digital realm. Congratulations!
Great news is that once you have set up your system the ongoing maintenance will be easy-peasy. And, as you will see, the time investment upfront is totally worth it! No joke aside and the truth is it will take some time to get it setup. No worries, as I will walk through it all step by step!
First, let’s reduce the paper coming into your house by 50% or more! Yes, it’s possible.
Vigorously get rid of unwanted mail, emails and phone calls
- Unsubscribe from every email newsletter that you don’t read. If you signed up for 10% off coupon, cancel the subscription later – unless you really like the product or service.
- Find the unsubscribe button or link. It’s usually in a tiny font at the bottom of the email. That includes my newsletter too. If you don’t find it useful, liberally use the unsubscribe feature.
- Reduce incoming and unwanted calls and mail by signing up for Do Not Call and Do Not Mail lists
- National Do Not Call Registry: https://www.donotcall.gov/
- Opt-Out Registry (the most important one)
- This site was set up by the Federal Trade Commission to preserve your rights as a consumer. Your tax dollars at work! https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0262-stopping-unsolicited-mail-phone-calls-and-email
Step 1: Go to www.optoutprescreen.com
Step 2: Scroll to the bottom of the screen to see the button to Opt-in or Opt-Out. You want to Opt-out.
Step 3: Opt-out NOT in
Step 4: Fill in the information. Yes, they need the information requested to verify who you are.
If you opted for permanent removal of your name, you’ll need to print out the form and mail it to the address provided.
- Use an app like PaperKarma to unsubscribe from unwanted mail
There are a few loop-holes in the do-not-call law, because lobbyists and research companies can call you for “information”. Thankfully, my parents (and me too) only pick up the phone if the caller-id comes through. Let technology work for you!