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How to Stop Receiving Too Much Junk Mail

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Is There A Way to Stop Receiving Too Much Junk Mail From the Post Office?

Well, if you ask my Dad, the answer is Maybe. He knew there had to be a way to stop receiving too much junk mail. I recall one time he got so fed up with receiving too much junk mail that he put a big sign on the mailbox that read:

Dear Postal Worker, “Resident” and “Occupant” Do Not Live Here!


That was in hope that all mail addressed to “Resident” or “Occupant” would not be delivered. Needless to say, that didn’t work. And, the postal worker was only slightly amused. My Dad used to get so annoyed. He wanted to stop receiving too much junk mail. One time he opened a piece of junk mail and took out the return postage-paid envelope. He then scotch-taped it onto a box of bricks and mailed it back to the sender. My Dad was really tired of getting too much junk mail. He needed a way to stop receiving too much junk mail.

Just goes to show that including a postage-paid return label in a piece of junk mail is a bad idea…

Then my Dad took another approach to try to stop receiving too much junk mail from these senders. After listening to Andy Rooney (the guy that used to be on 6o Minutes) my Dad took one of his suggestions. He filled a postage-paid return envelope with junk mail from other senders and returned it.

My Dad did this for several months in an attempt to stop receiving too much junk mail. He claims his tactics did reduce the amount of junk mail he received. Maybe it did work, but I don’t recommend that method. There are other ways to stop receiving too much junk mail. Although it may be tempting to use my Dads’ techniques to stop receiving junk mail, it’s better to read on and do it the right way to stop receiving junk mail.

Nobody waits at the mail slot for their junk mail – Do they?

Eliminating, or at least minimizing junk mail not only declutters your mailbox and personal space but it is also good for the environment. It’s time to stop receiving too much junk mail.

How to Stop Getting Too Much Junk Mail


Opt-Out of Junk Mail Lists and Databases

By removing your name from mailing databases, catalog lists, and credit card mailing lists you can greatly reduce the amount of junk mail you receive. There are online services that can help you with this. Some of these services are free, and some charge. Some of these junk mail reduction services also make donations to “Green” organizations.


Catalog Choice (free service)

Catalog Choice is a service that has been around for almost a decade. They take pride in helping to protect natural resources by eliminating excess junk mail. You can use this free service to cancel specific catalogs and other types of paper mail and junk mail you no longer wish to receive. Stopping junk mail for good is Catalog Choice’s mission.

Catalog Choice sends merchants your catalog opt-out request on your behalf, but please note that they have no control over how and when merchants will process your opt-out request so you will receive less junk mail. They are constantly trying to work with merchants to encourage them to comply with your opt-out requests.

Stop receiving too much junk mail for good. Here’s the link to Catalog Choice. They also recommend you register with DMA (listed below).


Direct Marketing Association (DMA)

Consumers who want to stop getting too much junk mail can register at DMA’s consumer website: www.DMAchoice.org for a processing fee of $2 for a period of ten years. Registering online is the fastest way to see results and stop receiving too much junk mail. DMAchoice offers consumers a simple, step-by-step process that enables them to decide what mail they want and what mail they don’t want.

In addition, DMA online offers registration for these other services:

·eMail Preference Service (reduce your unsolicited commercial email);
·Telephone Preference Service (to reduce national commercial calls for consumers who live in Pennsylvania and Wyoming – consumers in other states are referred to the National Do Not Call Registry: www.donotcall.gov);
·Deceased Do Not Contact list (for name removal of deceased individuals’ names); and
·Do Not Contact list for Caregivers (for caregivers to register name removal on behalf of those individuals for whom they care).


Additional actions to stop receiving junk mail


It’s not the postal service we should blame for too much junk mail – They are only the messenger!

Stop getting paper junk mail by using an App

You can stop getting junk mail by using a cool online App called PaperKarma. They offer subscription plans as low as $2 monthly. They also offer a lifetime subscription for $59.99. I personally use this App and it is amazing. Until now, I never went through the effort of trying to stop getting too much junk mail. This App makes it easy.

They have a 4.58 Rating based on 5,315 Reviews

Check out their FAQ page.


How to stop getting credit card offers in your junk mail

Are you getting too many credit card offers? It happens to just about everyone. If you’re not shopping for new credit cards, go to optoutprescreen.com. It is a website operated by major credit bureaus. You will also decrease your chances of being a victim of credit card fraud by opting out of these unsolicited credit card offers.


None of these solutions will help you to stop receiving too much junk mail overnight. Most opt-out requests take 4-6 weeks to take effect. If you use a combination of solutions to stop receiving junk mail you will see the amount of junk mail you receive decrease dramatically within a month.


What Are Some Sad Facts About Junk Mail

【 ͡❛ ͜ʖ ͡❛】 Junk mail is responsible for 1 billion pounds of landfill waste annually.
【 ͡❛ ͜ʖ ͡❛】 Junk mail produces more than 51 million metric tons of greenhouse gases each year.
【 ͡❛ ͜ʖ ͡❛】33% of all mail delivered worldwide is junk mail.
【 ͡❛ ͜ʖ ͡❛】The EPA reports that 60% of all junk mail ends up in landfills.
【 ͡❛ ͜ʖ ͡❛】Over 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the US every year.

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