Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Junk Mail is ruining my resolve!

In the last few days, I've received catalogs from Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Free People, Victoria's Secret and J Crew. It makes it difficult to not want to purchase fun new spring clothes when I see how adorable they are! Catalogs are also hideously wasteful since even if the catalogs are printed on recycled paper, most are not recyclable. I've made the decision to stop my junk mail!

Green Dimes will do it for me, but it costs 20 dollars! No thanks. Instead, here's a DIY checklist:

1) Contact the Direct Marketing Association . You can either remove your name from their list altogether, or pick and choose which businesses you don't want to hear from.
2) Call the 1-800 Number on the back of catalogs you no longer wish to receive and ask to be removed from the mailing list.
3) Go to Catalog Choice and for free, opt out of the catalogs you don't want to receive anymore.
4) To stop all those credit card come-ons (which, as an indebted young person, make up the majority of my mail) go to Opt Out Prescreen and take your name off that list. If you ever want a new card, you can apply the old-fashioned way.


Sharon J said...

I've opted out of receiving junk mail but the odd one still gets through. I make a point of not opening them and returning them to sender. That way I'm not tempted to buy anything and the catalogue company has to pay the postage twice.

greedygreen said...

Great idea! Although I fear that if they make it into the mailbox i'll have to take a peek...

Sharon J said...

Restrain yourself, GG. Tell yourself that you don't need any of that stuff otherwise you'd have already been out looking for it. Once you start, it becomes second nature. Honestly :)