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3 Easy Ways to Stop Receiving Junk Mail At Home

Updated on October 7, 2015

It's easy to put a stop to email solicitations these days: just click "unsubscribe" or hit the "spam" button. But, can you do the same for physical mail? The answer is yes, and the method to do it is much easier than you'd think!

Follow these simple steps and you'll set the wheels in motion for getting rid of those annoying snail mail solicitors for good. Best yet, all of these options are provided to the public for free!

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Method 1: Stop Catalogs, Magazine Offers & Other Solicitations

The Direct Marketing Association is an independent organization that promotes ethical & responsible data-driven mail marketing. While you won't really care about what it provides for its members, you will care about its invaluable tool: DMAchoice.

DMAchoice.org allows you to create a free account where you can enter your name and mailing address. From there, you'll have three categories to choose from: "catalogs," "magazine offers" and "other mail offers." In each section, you can simply opt-out of receiving all mail.

By opting out, you'll stop receiving all mail from a list of thousands of participating Direct Marketing Association members -- most of which are the biggest brands that are responsible for the vast majority of junk mail that hits your mailbox at home.

Another free service you'll want to use in conjunction with DMAchoice is CatalogChoice.org: another site where you can opt-out of various kinds of corporate marketing and mailing programs.

Method 2: Stop Those Annoying Credit Card Offers

Amongst the peskiest of all are those regular credit card offers you're probably getting in your mailbox every other week. There's a way to get off that list, too.

A service provided by the Consumer Credit Reporting Industry called OptOutPreescreen.com is a service that is used by major mailing list and credit reporting agencies like Equifax, Experian, Innovis and TransUnion.

If you create a free account and input your name and mailing address, it should put a stop to all of those obnoxious credit card offers for good.

Method 3: Remove Yourself From Specific Solicited Mailings

Sometimes, you'll still get a straggler in the mailbox. Usually, it's a small charity or other organization that seems to want to mail you on a monthly basis until you can't take it anymore.

Here's a tip: most, if not all of these organizations should have a website. At the bottom of the website is a link that usually says "Privacy Policy." Click it, and scroll down all of the fine print to a section that discusses removing all communications from email or regular mail. There should be an email address you can write to, where you can opt-out of regular mailings by providing your name and mailing address.

Above: Opt out of charity mailings through their website's "privacy policy" section. There should be a contact email listed in there.
Above: Opt out of charity mailings through their website's "privacy policy" section. There should be a contact email listed in there.

Conclusion

By following these steps, you'll now have the peace of mind knowing that you've done everything humanly possible to get yourself off of marketing & distribution lists! Making these changes usually takes up to 90 days to go into effect.

Why Do I Get So Much Junk Mail?

Simply stated, every time you subscribe to something, whether that be a monthly subscription service of any kind or a charity, your name is put on a list which can then be purchased by other companies in the same business category.

This is why you'll start seeing numerous charity mail solicitations arriving after you've donated to a charity, or subscribed to a new cable service -- they've purchased the marketing list, and you're now on it!

What Else Can I Do?

The steps above should cover all areas of opting out of mailing lists, but here are a few other things you can also do:

  • Your credit or debit card company sends you an annual privacy statement. Most people throw it away...but if you actually read the statement, you'll see that it will give you instructions for opting out of being on their distribution list. These lists are usually sold to 3rd parties affiliated with your credit card company, which, in turn, will start junk mailing you if you do not opt out.
  • If you give to a charity, do some research on them, first. Unfortunately, many charities are run like aggressive 'for-profit' businesses. Many of them have CEOs that are *very* highly paid. Reputable charities can be researched on sites like CharityNavigator.org. If you give to a charity, be sure to opt-out of their distribution list IMMEDIATELY, or your name will be on a list that will be sold to numerous other 3rd parties, resulting in more junk mail.
  • Direct mail services like RedPlum are notorious for sending thick booklets of circulars in the mail. There are also numerous marketing services that send big packets of coupons (most of which are useless to many) on a regular monthly basis. Unless you find these things to be of value, you can opt out of them by searching the internet for "CompanyName opt out" (where "CompanyName" = the brand name of the mailer) and the opt out instruction page should be the first search result.

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