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How to Get Rid of Junk Mail

Ah! Stop Bothering Me With Junk Catalogs!

Every night when I come home from work, I open the mailbox and my heart soars. Then it plummets. My mailbox looks full, but sadly it's stuffed with junk mail and not letters from loved ones. Well, I got sick of it and decided to take action. Here are some steps you can take to reduce junk mail:


  • Catalog Choice: With over a million users and counting, this is a free and easy way of cutting down your catalog junk.
  • Direct Marketer's Association: You can request one of the over 3,600 companies under the DMA's umbrella to stop sending mail to you. This includes credit offers, catalogs, mail offers, and magazine offers.
  • A bunch of credit reporting companies started this website to sooth the frustrations of consumers. This is a good site for opting out of those endless credit card offers.
  • Manually contact the culprits: If you have the time, you can phone the companies to opt out of their mailing lists. Or if you prefer, you can dig around on their websites to see if you can be removed from their list online.
  • Keeping track: Remember to note on an Excel sheet or Google doc what companies you have contacted and the dates you spoke with them so you'll remember and know when to follow up.
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Join The Conversation
WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 6 years
I actually recently signed up for a bunch of free catalogs from fashion & furniture places I shop at. I've been cutting back on buying magazines to save money, so I figured I'd order catalogs for something free to flip through when I'm bored. When I'm done they go in recycling. I do get sick of the weekly credit card offers though, so I need to stop that.
ampersand1 ampersand1 6 years
Aah yes, Vicky. It took me almost one year to get off of their mailing list. I requested to be removed because I found out that Victoria Secret sells your information. I could not understand why I was getting so many junk catalogs. I was very selective about which catalogs I did receive. I then read an article from Consumer World that Victoria Secret is one of many companies that sell your information. Please keep trying and I wish you success.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I keep trying to opt out of Victoria's Secret, but they simply won't stop! I have tried the above websites and even talked to someone who says they can't see my info in their computer. Yet, as each new season comes there comes a new catalog! I have never even ordered anything from them! Ugh!
ampersand1 ampersand1 6 years
This is so so green. Also, you can set up an email account just for catalogs and sign up for their e-newsletters. You get great offers (40% off, points, and exclusive web sale invites) when you request to be added to their mailing lists. Great post. Thank you. =)
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