Inside: Tired of all the junk mail you are receiving? Check out these easy tips on how to stop junk mail. It’s so simple to do! Check out these simple tips today.
Do you feel like you get a crazy amount of junk mail every day? I know the feeling! For years we would get so much junk mail.
I felt like 75% percent of our mail was just going straight to the trash. We had tons of credit card offers, flyers I didn’t look at, and so much more. I had decluttered our home, but the mail was still causing so much clutter.
Then, when my son was a sophomore in high school the college stuff started. There were postcards and letters coming every day. This year he started his senior year and they are just getting worse. He would often get 5-6 mailers a day.
All of the college mailers kind of pushed me over the edge. I was tired of all the mail that was being thrown out. If I forgot to get the mail for a day or two (which I often do) our mailbox would be close to full.
I decided to see what I could do about all the junk mail that we received. I was surprised to find out it was easier than what I expected to put a stop to the junk mail.
I also was surprised to find out you can spend up to 8 months of your life opening junk mail. That is beyond crazy to me.
If you are tired of throwing out all that mail check out my favorite tips below on how to stop junk mail for good!
Stop Flyers & Coupons
I know some people love getting the flyers and the coupons, but I am not a big fan of them. Usually, I do my meal planning early in the week before the store flyers get here so they were just getting thrown away.
I also never used any of the coupons from the Valpak that I would get. I found that most of them were for things like window cleaning or air duct cleaning that I just didn’t pay someone to do.
If you don’t like getting all the flyers and coupons in the mail there are a few things you can do.
Valpak is very easy to stop. Just go here and fill out this form to stop the delivery of Valpak. As with most places it may take a few weeks to take effect.
If you don’t like the coupon inserts that you get in the mail you can stop those too. Retail Me Not is a coupon insert that a lot of people receive. It used to be called RedPlum but has since changed names. You can go here to stop the inserts.
I found the hardest one to stop was the flyers. I had to make two calls to get it to stop. My local grocery store flyers come together in a flyer called Buyers Edge. I called the number on it to get removed. After a few months, I called back. From some online forums, it seems like the Buyers Edge maybe nationwide. You can call them at 1-888-357-7827 to stop their flyers.
Stop Junk Mail Credit Card Applications
If you are like me the credit card applications are abundant. We would often get 1-2 a day. I am probably crazy, but I don’t like just throwing them away. Usually, I would either put them through the shredder or tear them up a few times.
I was so happy to easily find a way to make the credit card applications stop. If you too are tired of the applications you can go to Opt-Out Prescreen and opt out of credit and insurance junk mail. It is easy and doesn’t take a lot of time.
With this service, you can opt out for 5 years or forever. There is also a way to opt back in if you want to.
They do ask for your social security number, however, you don’t have to give it. Just keep in mind you may still get some offers if you don’t offer up your social security number. You can go here to sign up and stop the credit card junk mail.
How To Stop Other Mail
If you are like us you receive a lot of miscellaneous mail. We get mail from places we have bought from in the past, or places that we have made donations to.
For example, we made a donation to the Alzheimers Association as a request in lieu of flowers for a funeral. After that, we continued to get mail every month from them.
I have found in cases like this I actually need to contact them and ask to be taken off of their list. It is a little bit of work, but if you are getting mail repeated from them I think it is worth the time.
Instead of throwing out mail like that I just put it in a pile and whenever I get a few minutes I try contacting the places to take me off their list.
Stopping catalogs is pretty easy, you just need to do it one magazine at a time. I highly recommend using Catalog Choice. It is free to use and works really well.
To use it you need to sign up for an account. Once you sign up then you can start canceling.
Each time a catalog shows up in our mailbox that I don’t wish to get anymore I just go to Catalog Choice and find the catalog. They will give step by step directions on how to unsubscribe. It is so easy to do and they do way more mail than just catalogs!
After you opt out of the catalog it will ask for a donation. You don’t need to donate to opt out. It may take a few weeks but you should stop getting those catalogs.
How To Stop Everything At Once
If all of these different solutions seem like they would take too much of your time there is an easier way, however, you do need to pay.
You can use PaperKarma to help stop your junk mail. It is really easy to use but costs $1.99 a month or $19.99.
To use PaperKarma just sign up and then download the free app. Whenever you receive mail that you want to stop just take a picture of it with the app. Hit send and paperkarma will take care of canceling it for you.
It works on catalogs, coupons, flyers, credit card offers and more. Just sign up here and start getting rid of your junk mail.
With any of these tips, your junk mail won’t instantly stop. Sometimes it takes a few weeks or even a month to really start to see a difference. But over time you will start to get less and less junk mail.
Just following one or two of these simple tips will make a difference in how much mail you receive. Declutter your countertops and empty your mailbox using these easy tips on how to stop junk mail.
Want some more easy decluttering tips? Check out 6 easy tips for an organized home.
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