Below is Levin’s ultimate list for stopping junk mail:
1. The Direct Marketing Association (DMA)
I started with the DMA, and to give them credit I did see a pretty dramatic drop in my junk mail, especially when it came to credit card offers. You can customize your mailing preferences through the DMA by heading here.
If you’ve lost a family member and want to get their name off mailing list, you can sign up for Deceased-Do Not Contact through the DMA here.
Yep, Val-Pak is that blue envelope of useless coupons that shows up every month. What a waste! Unless you’re re-asphalting your driveway or thinking about getting cellulite removal surgery, then these coupons are a waste of time and paper.
You can get off the Val-Pak mailing list here.
Yes, you’ll still need to do this even if you sign up with DMA. After I did DMA, I was still getting Val-Pak coupons.
2. Opt-Out Pre-Screen
Opt-Out Pre-Screen stops you from getting pre-screened or pre-approved credit card offers.
To sign up, click here.
You can also call 888-567-8688 from your home telephone to opt out.
If you get catalogs, it’s probably because you bought something.
Companies are notorious for selling lists, so if you bought a sweater through L.L. Bean then chances are you’ll start getting a J.Crew catalog, an REI catalog, and a Hearth and Home just for good measure.
If you want to stop the flood of catalogs, send them an email,
Or write to:
P.O. Box 1478
Broomfield, Colorado 80038
5. Tacky Store Flyers
I wish I had a picture of the one I got today. It was a HUGE FURNITURE BLOWOUT newspaper-type flyer from the local furniture store. I get them almost daily from car dealerships, hairdressers, pizza stores, department stores – blergh.
These are the flyers that are addressed to Resident. And they usually come from Red Plum marketing.
Want to stop them?
Click here to get off the Red Plum mailing list. You can also call: 888-241-6760.
6. Publishers Clearinghouse
Ok, I’ve never been solicited by Publishers Clearinghouse, but if you have, you can get off their list by sending an email.
7. Other Junk
So, what about those AOL cds and Happy Birthday cards from our dentist that we don’t want or need?
We just have to tell them we don’t want it. If, after signing up with all the resources listed above, you’re still getting some junk, then call the company directly. Ask them to take you off their mailing list.
They can hardly be rude; after all, this is saving them money too.
And your dentist? Ask the receptionist to take you off the mailing list except for cleaning reminders. Better yet, ask if they’ll email you.
Thank you Heather! Make sure to check out other articles from her inspiring blog, The Greenest Dollar.
What do you do about junk mail?