Getting rid of Snail Spam

Enough is enough. I get too many pounds of junk mail every week in my mailbox. Such a small thing can become infuriating over time. More importantly – it fills up my recycling box even quicker and creates more paper clutter on tables – resulting in more chores. Chores are not good. Chores make me unhappy.

Paper junk mail:

  • Wastes paper
  • Wastes ink
  • Wastes fuel in transportation and printing
  • Wastes corporate advertising dollars. If I didn’t sign up for your credit card the first 75 mailings, why would I on the 76th?
  • Wastes time.
  • Wastes space

The main offenders:

  • RedPlum. These guys send out ridiculously large coupon papers once or twice a week. I never look at the coupons or discounts. I’m not fooled by loss-leaders. I don’t care. Go directly to recycling bin. Do not pass eyes. Do not waste time.
    • To cancel, fill out the form here.
  • AAdvantage Citi Card offers. Seriously once a week! You’d think it would be a single piece of paper, too, but these envelopes are packed to the max.
    • To cancel, call AAdvantage customer service and request to be taken off of the mailing list. It takes about 2 minutes.
  • Mortgage Insurance offers. The fun never stops. After closing on a home, I’ve gotten one to two of these daily, slowly tapering down until I refinanced. Now its back up to several a day. I have yet to figure out how to stop this bombardment from numerous companies – none of which even care to share their actual name. These are horrible life insurance policies from most likely illegitimate companies. I will not fill out and return your form full of my personal information. Direct to recycling bin.
  • 401k/Investment statements and fund prospectus. Does anybody actually sit down and read these 100-page dry documents on every single detail of the fund? If you do – get a life or a better fund. Or better still – read it on your computer. I guess this material is good if you have problems falling asleep. It is also very thin, dry paper which I imagine would be excellent at starting campfires.
    • I signed up for the electronic version

Thats it for now. If you have any advice on how to get rid of more junk mailings – feel free to comment. My goal is to end up with just mail which is extremely important, mail from friends and family, and the occasional check from… who knows where. Also – if you want to send me money in the mail – feel free.

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