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Unwanted email: DMAChoice also offers its "Email Preference Service (eMPS), which lets you get off many — but not all — email marketing lists. (It does not apply to most charitable, political, alumni or professional organizations.) Registration is good for five years.
The do-it-yourself way: Spend some time deleting any regular emails you rarely open. Scroll down and look for the tiny print that says "Unsubscribe," then follow instructions.
DoNotCall: It’s not eliminating paper, but those annoying telemarketing calls are still clutter. To stop most of them, contact the National Do Not Call Registry, managed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, at 888-382-1222 or DoNotCall.gov. (It does not cover calls from political organizations, charities and telephone surveys, as well as companies where you have an existing business relationship.) You can register up to three phones, including mobile phones. It takes up to 31 days to be effective, but is permanent.
Overall, "it may be a drag to spend time organizing" your financial documents, said Bankrate.com’s Bell, "but buckling down and doing it will save you time and money in the long run."
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