Works For Me Wednesday – Helpful Tips!

wfmwsmall.jpgI didn’t know what to post for my WFMW and then my friend Doris sent this to me in a email, I just knew I was going to use it for this week’s WFMW.  Feel free to email this link to your buddies and have them check it out!

Do you feel like a prisoner to your home phone?  I used to have Caller ID, but when I became too sick to work back in 2004 and the budget got tight it was one of the first things to go.  We’re on the Do Not Call list, but the calls keep coming and most of the time they are calls from our credit card companies trying to sell us credit card protection or computerized phone surveys.  Or, it’s a charity organization I’ve donated to in the past asking for help, and again, with my being out of work my giving is strictly limited to our monthly tithes and these people just don’t want to take no for an answer.  Well, below are some tips I’ve recently learned about that should help alleviate a lot of these calls:

Tips for Handling Telemarketers
Three Little Words That Work !!
(1)The three little words are: ‘Hold On, Please…’
Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.
Then when you eventually hear the phone company’s ‘beep-beep-beep’ tone, you know it’s time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.
These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting.
(2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end?

This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone.
This technique is used to determine the best time of day for a ‘real’ sales person to call back and get someone at home.
What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7 times, as quickly as possible This confuses the machine that dialed the call and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer !!!
(3) Junk Mail Help:

When you get ‘ads’ enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these ‘ads’ with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.
When you get those ‘pre-approved’ letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.
Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right? It costs them more than the regular 37 cents postage ‘IF’ and when they receive them back.
It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.
One of Andy Rooney’s (60 minutes) ideas.

Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn’t get anything else that day, then just send them their blank application back!
If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn’t on anything you send them.
You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them 37 cents.
The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them. Let’s let them know what it’s like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they’re paying for it…Twice!
Let’s help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that’s why they need to increase postage costs again You get the idea !
If enough people follow these tips, it will work —- [ whoever authored this stated they have been doing this for years, and they get very little junk mail anymore. ]

Now, I myself took advantage of some free junk mail stoppers a few months ago and I must say that I still get junk mail, but I only get about half of the junk I used to get!  You can also notify your credit card and mortgage companies that you do not want to receive special offers which should help cut down on the junk.  Here are some sites you can visit:

www.mailjunk.info

www.spamfighter.com

www.junkmailstopper.com

www.stopjunkmail.org

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