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Stop Junk Mail Forever

Junk mail is a triple threat: It tries your patience, jeopardizes your identity and spoils the environment. But without too much effort, you can give yourself peace of mind -- and an uncluttered mailbox.

Register with the Direct Marketing Association to remove your name from its national mailing list. The service is free if you register online, or $1 by mail.

Reject preapproved offers from credit-card companies by visiting www.optoutprescreen.com or calling 888-567-8688.

Sign up free at www.catalogchoice.org, and the site will do the grunt work to get you off mailing lists for catalogs you don't want.

Pay a $20 annual fee, and GreenDimes will remove your name from catalog and other direct-mail lists, plus plant up to ten trees.

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For $41, 41pounds.org -- named for the weight in junk mail the average adult receives each year -- will contact several dozen direct-mail companies on your behalf. In addition, $15 of your fee goes to your choice among the group's nonprofit affiliates.

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