How much junk mail do you get every week? Between the direct mail flyers, catalogs, credit card offers, it seems my recycle bin is filled with unsolicited paper every week. Which, given the issues with recycling right now, seems like a bad idea.
Recycling is suppose to be the last step of an item’s life-cycle. Reducing the amount of waste that I am producing seems like the best option. Stores post their weekly fliers and deals on their websites and apps. This often eliminating the need to get the free flyer. The few which I can’t find replacements for are for things which I currently have little need for, like a new roof or a deal on fixing a foundation.
Sadly, opting out of direct mail is a bit of a process. The FTC has a guide which is easy to follow, however it isn’t fully comprehensive.
4 Steps to Help Stop Your Flow of Junk Mail
- DMAChoice is a service that will remove you from most of the direct mail lists. Their FAQs say that they represent about 80% of direct mail. It currently (December 2018) costs $2 to be removed for ten years.
- Optoutprescreen.com is a service that will remove you from pre-screened insurance and credit card offers. You have the option to be removed for 5 years or permanently. The permanent list is difficult to get on. The 5 year removal is relatively painless.
- Catalog Choice is a non-profit that helps remove people from catalog lists. They have over 10,000 titles in their database.
- You can unsubscribe from RetailMeNot and Valpak. Both of these companies send out weekly circulars.
How to Find Deals without Mail
You can easily use online resources to replace the direct mail information. Big box grocery stores, like the Kroger family of stores, publish their flyers on their websites or apps. Most grocery put out the flyer at the start of the store. This can give you a physical copy to use in store. You can leave it where you found it after you have finished shopping.
There is a valid concern that using online coupons and loyalty cards is selling your data. This aspect is one of personal preference. Personally, I am ok with getting more personalized coupons and sales based off my prior shopping habits. It is a little weird, and something unnervingly specific. I do like getting coupons that I know I will use, instead of a generic one that isn’t applicable to my needs.
Have you already stopped getting junk mail? Are you planning on it? Tell us below or contact us.
None of these links are affliate links. Even the Ibotta one. That’s why this is at the bottom.