this tip from Reddit Life Pro Tips, which suggests that brides- or grooms-to-be create a special email just to give to wedding vendors. After the wedding is over, you can delete and forget about your email@example.com account and rest easy knowing spam from bridal boutiques and florists isn't clogging up your main inbox.
But the wedding email tip opens up a world of possibilities. You can use disposable contact information for any major event in your life where you know you'll be handing out your information a lot—like narrowing down colleges, car shopping, house hunting, job hunting or preparing for a new baby. And you don't have to stop at an email address. If you're going to be giving out your phone number a lot, sign up for a free Google Voice number. Set your Google Voice account to forward to your cell, and give out your new number to contacts and vendors. You can set it to do things like send calls straight to voicemail, or even ban phone numbers (like those scam honeymoon offers). Then when the wedding's over or the baby's born, change your Voice settings and enjoy the peace and quiet that comes with completely avoiding spam calls.
Or, use an app like Burner ($1.99, iOS) that lets you create several forwarding phone numbers (it even masks your outgoing number on others' caller IDs) and "burn" them for good with a single touch. Have you ever used a throwaway email or phone number? Do you have any email tricks that helped you through a major event? Shre your stories in the comments! (Images: Shutterstock, Gmail, Burner)