Linda asks us to talk about our latest piece of mail, but most of my important mail is delivered electronically now. Yesterday I received 3 pieces of junk. One was an ad for the Chinese ballet ~ a full color booklet type brochure. I’m sure it would be fun and beautiful, but also costly, so they’re wasting their money mailing that to me. I rarely spend money on entertainment, and when I do it’s not a fancy ballet ~ maybe $25 for a concert at the fair.
The second thing was Planned Parenthood sending me a new “membership card” and asking for money. I used to give them money, along with some animal welfare orgs, when I felt I had extra, but I stopped years ago. I just don’t feel financially secure enough to donate regularly to charity these days. I do send to Wikipedia because I use it, so I feel guilty not giving a smidge. But once you donate, they never stop asking. Every place I’ve ever given has found me through all my addresses to keep asking for more.
The last was from AT&T. I use AT&T for my phone and Spectrum for my internet at home (with a Roku for connection to Prime, etc.). Every day both AT&T and Spectrum send me email and snail mail to pester me to convert my other service over to them entirely. Such great deals! (Until you read the fine print.) I am not going to convert ~ I like having separate providers. Every once in a while Spectrum is out, and then I still have my phone internet on data. And I don’t want to change things over to AT&T now and be faced with a whopping price increase when the special deal is over.
Yet, they send this garbage out every day. I see that the trash can next to the row of mailboxes is filled with unopened junk from these same annoying companies, along with the flyers of local ads that nobody ever cares about. What a freaking waste of paper!