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Last post Sun, Aug 23 2009 7:13 AM by maziemom. 6 replies.
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  • Thu, Aug 20 2009 4:39 PM

    • Pat
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    Using Junk Mail

    I sometimes tear the envelopes open and use the inside for lists and have used the brightly colored ads for various paper crafts, including rolling "beads" for my granddaughters when they were small.

    In next week's edition of Dollar Stretcher (we get to peek!), there's an article called "10 Uses for Junk Mail," so that intrigued me. Do you use junk mail or do you just throw it out?

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  • Thu, Aug 20 2009 4:43 PM In reply to

    Re: Using Junk Mail

    My junk mail envelopes are used for the occasional shopping or to-do list.  Catalog/ magazine type junk mail is usually donated to the teachers at DD's former school for use in craft projects etc.  Other than that, I just throw it out before it gets an opporunity to become clutter or a temptation to spend!

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  • Sat, Aug 22 2009 12:44 PM In reply to

    • Edey
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    Re: Using Junk Mail

     My junk mail goes straight into the recycling bin or shredder pile, depending on what it is. There is less handling that way and it doesn't sit around waiting for me to find a use for it. Otherwise my house tends to get cluttered up with all the stashes of things I should be re-using or re-purposing. I need some floor space to walk around in.  Edey

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  • Sat, Aug 22 2009 12:55 PM In reply to

    Re: Using Junk Mail

    I sometimes let the kids play "store" with the fake plastic credit cards they sometimes contain.  I've reused the envelopes to write a list on for the grocery store and then put the coupons inside for easy access and to keep it orgainized.  Other than that it goes in the trash.

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  • Sun, Aug 23 2009 12:28 AM In reply to

    Re: Using Junk Mail

    If the envelopes don't already have addresses on them they are used for my mailings.  I haven't bought a box of envelopes in 3 years.  If they do have adresses on them I use them to hold the deposits to take to the bank or cross out the adress to use them for the bills I pay  in town that don't have to be mailed.  The contents get "hand-shredded".


  • Sun, Aug 23 2009 1:48 AM In reply to

    Re: Using Junk Mail

     I just throw it out. Sometimes it doesn't make it past the garbage can into the house. Big Smile

  • Sun, Aug 23 2009 7:13 AM In reply to

    Re: Using Junk Mail

    I have a clutter problem in my home, but it isn't paper (other than magazines which I allow to accumulate some before giving away).  Mail is sorted as soon as it's brought in and all junk is discarded immediately.  I only get two paper bills a month (all other and bank statements are online), so most of what I do get is junk, magazines I subscribe to, or catalogs of some sort.  If it's a catalog I want to look at, I give myself a week; at the end of that time, it is trashed even if I haven't looked at it yet.

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