How to Cut Down on Unwanted Junk Mail

We have to accept the fact that we will receive junk mail no matter what we do. Here are some tips for staying away from it.

How to Cut Down on Unwanted Junk Mail

If you want to make your life a little less unwieldy, or you don’t like the idea of learning to send each message to a group of recipients, how about unsubscribing from these programs?

According to the Better Business Bureau, each year Americans spend an astounding $250 billion on unwanted direct mail and catalogues. If you’re tired of paying for messages that you never know you got, here are seven of the most common and easiest-to-cut off mail programs for you to ensure you don’t end up with all this junk mail.

Chasing Rewards

You think you’re just signing up for savings on something you know you’re never going to use? Well, chances are the emails you signed up for were adding cash to your account automatically, so don’t wait until that point to unsubscribe. If you sign up for a business reward program, your email probably was misconfigured for the privilege of being accepted, so there’s a good chance that email you ended up with is from a fake site you won’t get any of the cash from. The next time you have to unsubscribe for the account, you might want to try to call the company and cancel, because it’s a good bet that someone else is taking advantage of your neglected spam-reduction efforts.

What they really want you to know: While most businesses like to send email as an advertising tool, they don’t always send that message out with a link you can’t disconnect.

SallyCo’s Rewards

If you’re happy using the grocery store’s credit card, chances are SallyCorp is sending you emails. Because SallyCorp allows you to have multiple accounts, you could be getting an email from someone who just signed up for a rewards program but isn’t getting any money off. You’d probably want to unsubscribe if you signed up for multiple accounts on the basis of another company’s emails, so if someone sent you an email, your odds of knowing that it was from SallyCorp are pretty slim. Unless you’re told by a friend, family member or spouse you need to sign up for SallyCorp, you should try and unsubscribe from the email at all stages, because you won’t be able to do it later, if that’s what they want you to do.

What they really want you to know: If the email links don’t tell you why the program you are signed up for isn’t worth using, you probably don’t need it. Just try to break the habit that you’ve been unconsciously signing up for when you receive an email like that, rather than giving them every reason to pitch an even more-unwanted program you’ve been slow to stop using.

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