Save more than pennies
15 years ago
· 2 min read
Motivated by Blog Action Day and These Come From Trees, I started thinking about all the physical junk mail that I still receive every day of every week even after filling out the JunkBusters form. My main source of frustration is with the PennySaver USA circular that I seem to receive twice weekly. Do you get this too? I always put them in the recycling bin and never, ever read them. I don't receive a paper either but that's probably not surprising.I found out that you can request to be removed from their circulation by writing them a letter.
The quick math on stopping a circular like this from arriving in you mailbox every week: If one Penny Saver is roughly 1 ounce (I'm guessing) and a delivery once a week, you will have saved 3.25 pounds of wasted paper by the end of one year or 32.5 pounds over 10 years! If they send twice weekly as I suspect, then the savings is even greater.
Here is what I wrote to the Penny Saver folks:
Dear Circulation Dept,
I am writing to be removed from you Penny Saver circular.
I don't have time to read it and I end up throwing it away
every week. You can save some money by removing my home
address from your circulation rolls:
123 Main St
I appreciate your time and thank you for your assistance with this matter.
Here's hoping it does the trick and I'll be on the lookout for other ways to reduce waste.[updates: You can unsubscribe online from ValPak coupon mailings. Another large direct mail house that favors sending out a random bundle of leaflets and ads is ADVO, who also have a convenient way to opt-out of mailings online. '5 to 6 weeks until the mailings stop', just in time for Christmas!]