By: Maggie E. Klaus, Content Editor, NBC.com
Do you ever open your mailbox and groan at how much mail you have stuffed in that little space? This was happening to me, a lot. Not only was it a time waster to have to sort out which items I needed and which could be thrown out, it was also a time waster because most of the bills that were in my mailbox had already been paid. You see, I made it a priority of mine to start paying my bills online to help me save money on stamps and also save me time writing yet another check.
Even though I was paying my bills online, I was still receiving envelopes in the mail giving me updates about my balances or receipts that my payment had been received and so on.
Then I noticed that when you pay online, you have the option to click on a little box that opts you out of receiving paper mail all together. Not only did opting out of paper mail reduce the amount of clutter I get in my mailbox, it also helps reduce the amount of paper wasted each year in this country. Think of it this way: if every household in America switched to online payments over paper payments, there would be over 18 million trees saved every year.