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...and I'm mainly talking about unsolicited: (a) "pre-approved" credit card offers and balance transfers, (b) life/car/home etc. insurance offers, and (c) home equity loans. (I must have great credit.)

You wouldn't believe how much of this crap we get every day. I'm just sick of it. There is one credit card company (maybe MBNA or something like that?) in particular that sends us at least I feel like I have to open it all and destroy/shred them because I'm paranoid that someone might go through our mail and try to obtain one of those credit cards under our name. I even bought a shredder at Sam's.

Lately I've taken a new approach and would appreciate it if I could get some feedback on it. I wonder if I'm being too vindictive or counterproductive. I used to just send it all back in the prepaid envelope with a form letter asking them to take me off their mailing list. This doesn't work.

I've begun tearing up the whole package and stuffing it into the prepaid return envelopes. Sometimes I stuff other junk mail into it. You should see some of the envelopes. Some are like a full inch thick and must cost a small fortune in postage. I'm also pretty sure that these prepaid envelopes cost a lot more than a routine letter. Maybe there are some USPS experts out there.

I suspect it doesn't do any good, but it sure makes me feel good knowing that if they are going to waste my time that they are going to pay for it at the other end.

I'm thinking that if I'm not crazy and this seems like a reasonable response on my part that we could start a grassroots campaign across the country to stop the murdering of innocent trees by making it cost prohibitive for the credit card companies to send all this junk mail out.

Who's with me?

Mark (feeling feisty this morning)

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