How to Stop Junk Mail, and More

Sick of having unsolicited mail like catalogs and credit card offers fill up your mailbox? Tired of those annoying telemarketing calls at the most-inconvenient times? You don’t have to put up with it anymore. Here’s how you can take back control of your mailbox and phone line in just a few easy steps:

Unwanted Catalogs

If you are like most consumers, you probably get tons of catalogs in the mail that go straight into the trashcan.  Besides causing irritation, junk mail also causes millions of tons of waste paper in landfills. Catalog Choice is a free service that allows you to opt-out of catalogs you don’t want and opt-into those you do. This service allows consumers to control what catalogs make it to their mailbox and helps businesses target willing customers.

To start, fill out an online registration that includes your name, alternate names and mailing address. Then, browse through a list of catalogs to indicate which you want and which you do not. Catalog Choice contacts the catalog companies to pass on your preferences. Not all catalog companies are participants in this service, but most major retailers are.  Alternatively, you can contact catalog companies individually and request that your name and address be removed from their mailing lists.

Direct Marketing Mail

The Direct Marking Association (DMA) also offers a Mail Preference Service. For a $1  fee, you can register to have your name put on a “delete” file, which is available to direct mail organizations that belong to the DMA. With the DMA Mail Preference Service you can choose to receive or stop credit card offers, catalogs, magazine offers, donation request and retail promotions from member companies. Your choices remain in effect for three years. Users can register online or by mail.