The journey of a Christian wife, stay-at-home mom, quasi-tree-hugger, and cheapskate to find ways to "CHanGE" her life to be Cheaper, Healthier, Greener, and Easier. Constructive feedback always welcome!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Greener, Easier: Opting Out of Phone Book Delivery

I'm not sure why, but we get 5-6 phone books at our house PER YEAR. One white pages by our local phone company. One yellow pages for the metropolitan area near which we live. One yellow pages for our county. One yellow pages for our county and a neighboring county. A Yellow Book for the area. Really? Do we need this many phone books? Especially given how rapidly our area is growing, the book is practically obsolete within 6 months. When a new phone book comes, I have a hard time figuring out which one it's supposed to replace. Plus they take up an obscene amount of space in our living-room desk, leaving little room for much else. We hardly ever use them anymore thanks to the Internet and smartphones giving us the info so much faster and more conveniently.

Finally, there's a solution.

If you're as fed up with all the phone books as we've gotten, you can go to Yellow Pages Opt Out, register, and indicate which available phone books you do and don't want. The website claims that it takes up to 12 weeks for the request to be fully honored, so I can't promise that you won't get any more phone books, period. But the flow should slow drastically and eventually stop. I just registered our household today, so I'll have to see if it really works.

Not only is this Greener because it produces less demand for paper production, but it's Easier because it reduces clutter. And it's free. Can't get any Cheaper than that. Yippee!

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