Plenty of us have New Year's Resolutions still (especially when they're super easy to keep up with when it's still January...). My three goals for 2017 are:
- Get super healthy. Dustin' off ye ol' gym membership here.
- Stop using one-time-use, disposable items. This includes plastic bags, plastic cutlery, disposable coffee cups, plastic plates, etc..
- Stop digital and snail mail spam. It's a waste of time, energy, paper, and ink.
The third item is what brings us here today. I started by saving my mail for a week. Yes, all the spam and spam that still made it to my inbox as well as all of the snail mail spam (flyers, coupons, circulars, credit card apps, and miscellaneous junk), I let them all pile up so I could get a good gauge on who's on my naughty list. Then, I made broad strokes to prevent junk mail in general as well as unsubscribed from specific companies offending my mailbox.
Here's what I did.
- This is for phone "spam". The infamous Do Not Call List (which isn't nearly as great as it used to be) is still in effect for some telemarketers. Add yourself to the Do Not Call List
- Here you can opt out of certain kinds of junk mail digitally for 5 years or you can mail them in a request and you can opt out forever. Opt-out Prescreen
- Opt out of specific snail mail subscriptions you may or may not know you are subscribed to: Catalog Choice
- Remove yourself from various direct mail lists: DMA Choice
- Remove yourself from an infamous direct marketing list: Direct Mail Removal
- Remove yourself from this marketing list: Acxiom
- Direct Marketing Service opt out: Lexis Nexis
- Yet another data collection service using your information to target you. Remove yourself: eBureau
- Begone Val Pak coupons! YES! Val Pak
- When I tried to remove myself from Red Plum here: Red Plum removal. However, after 2 months, I'm still on their mailing list, so I called Valassis (its owner) directly here: 888-549-9612
- Remove yourself from Pennysaver coupons (you don't need to buy something just because it's on sale!): Pennysaver
- Comcast (including Xfinity) Do Not Call List can stop snail mail junk especially the plastic mail nonsense (just... why?) as well as phone calls and door knocking: Comcast Do Not Call List
- SiriusXM bombards through phone and mail. Use this number to call them and tell them to cut it out. DO NOT give them your credit card info if you haven't already!: 1-866-303-5603
That was a lot, I know, I know. It took me about an hour and a half to go through all of these. Then, I go through my email's spam folder and unsubscribe from a few every day. If you have anymore sites or ideas, I'm all ears!
If nothing else works, you can report harassment of these sorts to the government here.
My theme for my resolutions is to waste less and take care of what I do have and to be more eco-friendly -- ecosystem and economics. What are your resolutions?