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I'm talking about all the credit card offers that have our name on it that I don't want to just throw in the recycle bin. I'm paranoid about identity theft. I have this overflowing box of those types of things along with receipts that have the last four digits of my debit/credit card. I NEVER have time to shred.<br>
Any ideas?<br>
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You need to set up a shredder in a convenient place, like right by your kitchen trash can, and dispose of these things as they come each day. Take one hour this week and shred everything you have piled up, and then you'll be free of it!
 

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I shred 'em or burn 'em. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Before you shred them, call the Opt-out phone number that should be on the bottom of unsolicited credit offers. That should reduce the inflow of junk.<br><br>
Kristin<br>
mom to dd (5 1/2), ds (almost 3!) and #3 due in June
 

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We don't have opt out options here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">. I just remove any personal information that might be harvested and chuck them right into the recyling bin. If I don't deal with them right away, it drives me crazy. We eventually want a shredder but are too cheap <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">:.
 

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I open the junk mail, immediately shred anything that has my name/information on it and put the rest into recycling.<br><br>
There was just something on Oprah on Friday that one of the celebrities was touting, I forget what it was called, but it was a service you could sign up for that helped eliminate junk mail. I bet if you went to Oprah's site and looked up Friday's show, they'd have a link.
 

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I take out any personal identifying information then I tear the rest of the junk mail into small pieces and stuff it in the the postage paid envelope and mail it to the company. Might not be recycling at its best but it makes me feel good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
My mother gathers all her junk mail and she burns them in the backyard. Just be sure to do it on a day that's not windy.
 

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The program mentioned on oprah was greendimes. Costs .10 a day. You can do it yourself for free if you follow the steps listed at <a href="http://www.ecocycle.org/junkmail/index.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.ecocycle.org/junkmail/index.cfm</a>
 

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if they have prepaid return enevlopes I stuff everything into it and mail it back to the company!!!<br>
We are on all the opt out lists, so we don't get much anymore, but I used to do this a lot.
 

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Bwylde, just to let you know...we actually do have an opt out in Canada through Canadian Direct Marketing Assoc...it seems to be a well-kept secret, though! Just google them and you'll find a form that you can fill out on-line that does stop pretty much everything. I think you have to renew your request every three years. I've been doing that for quite a few years now, and there's not much junk that gets to me anymore. The odd thing will sneak through somehow, but it's manageable!
 

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Oooh thanks Trac, I had no idea that existed for Canadians. I signed DH and I up, and am passing the link on to family members.<br><br>
To the original question, I rip out the identifying information and put the rest in the recyling. The identifying info is torn into several pieces and deposited into several different garbage bags/recyling bins throughout the house so they don't go out to the curb together.
 

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Usually burn it. We take off and identifying parts to burn and recycle rest. We save our stuff to burn in a paper feed bag and when it is full use it to start a burn pile when we are clearing an area or cleaning up after a windstorm, We pour used cokkin oil into the bag too before we start the fire. We live in the country and can burn except in summer.<br><br><br>
We also have a shredder which we use if we are not burning.
 

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I opt out of it wherever possible. I refuse to give out my address unless I want to be on someone's mailing list- and even then, I usually ask about an email notification option.<br><br>
I open it all each day. Recycle the paper, shread the stuff with my name/info on it.
 

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When we moved here, I was pregnant, so we were being inundated. Plus, the lady who lived in our house for 50 years before she died was still getting a ton of mail here.<br><br>
We live in town, so we don't have a mailbox per se, just a slot in our door. To post outgoing mail, we have to walk to one of the big blue boxes.<br><br>
I took a plastic grocery bag, put a sharpie in it, and hung on a nail on our porch. Any junk mail goes in the bag. Every couple of days, I took the bag down, wrote "Return to Sender, Please Remove Me from Your Mailing List" on each peice of junk mail, and took the bag full with us to the big blue post box on our evening walk.<br><br>
I did this for about six months. Now, I have to take the bag to the mailbox once month, if that. It took some time, but this strategy really helped.
 

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not sure what i'd do without it.....got rid of the shredder awhile ago.....burn all paper except newspaper, magazines, and cardboard in it.....godsend.
 
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