If it weren’t for junk mail, most days I probably wouldn’t even get any mail. The flyers, the sales, the catalogs, the deals…all junk that I rarely even glance at. I subscribe to (too many) magazines, and so of course my name gets put on LOTS of mailing lists. And mailing lists equal LOTS of junk mail. But you can stop the madness. I’m gonna tell you how to stop getting junk mail…and it won’t cost you a penny.
Junk mail (technically referred to as direct mail) includes all of those credit and insurance offers, catalogs, magazine offers (including subscription offers, newsletters, periodicals and other promotional mailings) and “other” mail offers like donation requests, bank offers, retail promotions and all of that kind of stuff. Some people like getting this type of mail because it keeps them in the know about new products and services, allows them to see the money saving deals that are out there, and connects them with local merchants. If you are one of those people, no need to read on!
A few years back, CBS News asked a regular person like you and me to “document all the junk mail she and her family received in a month. And then weigh it. At the end of the month, she had received 15 pounds of junk mail. She received only three-and-a-half pounds of mail she actually wanted or needed. That number doesn’t even include the free newspapers she doesn’t want.” What a waste, right?
Not only is junk mail irritating to have to sort out of the real mail, it’s also a waste of paper, energy, and all kinds of other environmental things. If you are one of those people who actually like to get junk mail, please recycle it or compost it when you’re done with it. If you are one of those people who love getting catalogs in the mail, consider getting online catalogs delivered instead. And if you’re like me and hate getting junk mail, let’s begin…
How To Stop Getting Junk Mail In Your Mailbox
If you would prefer to never get another piece of direct mail again, there are a few great websites out there that can help you get rid of it for free.
With Catalog Choice, you can decide whether you want to remove your name(s) and address(es) from company mailing lists, as well as whether you’d like to not release your name(s) and address(es) to any unaffiliated party for advertising or marketing purposes.
OptOutPrescreen.com is a centralized service that accepts and processes requests from consumers to “Opt-In” or “Opt-Out” of firm offers of credit or insurance. You can request to opt out for five years or even permanently. It’s worth it if you want to get rid of all types of credit and insurance offers. Super simple to do, and just takes a minute. But you do need to also include your social security number.
Now maybe you aren’t comfortable giving your social or maybe you want to continue getting some direct mail – you want to manage your direct mail. You can do that to with DMAchoice.org.
DMAchoice allows you to manage what types of direct mail you want to get. You can even manage emails that you receive! Note: This site will direct you back to OptOutPrescreen.com for some services.
I’ll be honest – it does take some time before you will notice that the junk mail in your mailbox is decreasing. But the wait is worth it! So tell me, are you going to change the junk mail you receive or do you enjoy getting it?