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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9 Call For Action)--One year just before Christmas I decided the catalogues had to stop so I spent several hours calling companies and asking to be removed from their mailing lists. It worked for a while!

The problem is that many of the catalogue companies you use sell your name to third parties who then send you catalogues. The result, a lot of wasted paper and a full mailbox and recycle bin.

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Well there is a simple way to stop many of these unwanted catalogues:

Go to TrustediD and get started. You can also stop telephone directories, flyers, and a host of other mail box fillers. It may take several months for the request to be effective.

A second option for stopping telephone books can be found at National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice and Opt-Out Site.

But a full mailbox isn't your only problem. On-line shopping can also be a nuisance with all the ads that promote products. Have you noticed many of the ads have an icon in the upper right hand corner that says AdChoices. Do you know what that means? If you do, then you are among a small percentage of consumers who realize this icon gives you a way to opt out of these online ads.

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For information on the Digital Advertising Alliance, which started this voluntary self-regulation to give consumers a choice and to protect their online privacy, go here.

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