Despite your best efforts, do you feel like you just can’t stop the steady stream of junk mail in your mailbox? Whether it’s catalogs you never asked for, credit card offers you didn’t apply for, or any other mass mailing that hits your mailbox, all of that junk mail adds up fast.
The average American gets 41 pounds of junk mail every single year. When you add up all of the mailboxes overflowing with unwanted paper, that’s around four million tons of paper wasted every single year. Of course, before you pull out the craft supplies, the best way to address your junk mail problem is to opt out wherever you can. Here are some ways to do that.
How to Stop Junk Mail
I wish there were a silver bullet for stopping junk mail, but unfortunately it takes plain old work to reduce the junk mail you receive each year. Here are a few options that can help:
- Catalog Choice – offers both free and paid services to stop catalogs
- 41 Pounds – this is a paid service that helps stop unwanted catalogs
- Reach out to individual catalogs. Mailers like Red Plum, for example, make it harder to opt out. Check the catalog or piece of mail for a website or contact number, and let the company know you want off of their list.
- Opt Out Prescreen – you can stop pre-screened credit card offers for 5 years or permanently. The permanent option does require that you send something in via mail. You can do the 5 year option online.
- Direct Marketing Association – tell them to stop sending your solicitations from their clients
That’s great for reducing future junk mail, but what about those catalogs and offers that are in your mailbox right now? With those, you can get crafty!
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