Junk mail can be a pain and it can stack up quickly. But there are ways to stop it before it reaches your mailbox.
Walking up to your house after a long day of work always brings the threat of what could be waiting in your mailbox. Junk mail from credit card companies, restaurants, and other unfamiliar businesses can be annoying.
Eric Hartwell, of Council Bluffs, said, “It is a pain because, you know, you got it all laying around the house, You have to get rid of it. Then you have to separate it for the garbage bin."
There are options. You can go to Web sites like dmachoice.org and opt out of certain junk mail.
There's an option to opt out of getting pre-screened credit card offers or you can search by a certain company and opt out of those.
But getting rid of the junk mail is not as easy as it looks. For some companies, you have to fill out forms or call them.
The Better Business Bureau’s Jim Hegarty said, “The bottom line is these companies want to get at us and it is challenging to get your name removed from these lists. But if you’re diligent, and it's your responsibility to be so as a consumer, then you can dramatically reduce it."
Hegarty said it can take up to 60 days to see any results but he added that it can be worth the effort.
"I think people have seen significant reductions," he said.
So the next time you see the mailman, you won't have to dread what's waiting for you.
Another worry about junk mail is the threat of it getting into the wrong hands. Make sure you shred it or otherwise dispose of it properly.