How to Opt Out of Junk Mail and Credit Card Offers

Posted by Mrs Money on May 27th, 2010

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It seems like I’m always receiving junk mail in my mailbox. Recently I decided I was going to figure out how to opt out of junk mail and credit card offers.  Receiving tons of junk mail is most definitely not green. Not only is it wasteful, it’s also annoying.

How to Opt Out of Credit Card Offers

A few years ago, I was receiving many credit card offers in the mail.  I had heard that every time you receive a letter extending credit that your credit score was lowered (false) so I wanted to stop the mailings quickly.  I looked at the back of the offer, saw the website for Opt Out Pre Screen and filled out the information to have my name removed from the lists.  It really does work for five years!  I would advise you sign up for this even if you don’t receive a lot of credit card offers.  It can’t hurt, plus it’s free!

How to Stop Junk Mail

DMAchoice is a free service to stop receiving junk mail.   DMA Choice controls about 80% of junk mail, so it’s not 100% elimination, but it’s better than nothing.  You can at least drastically reduce the amount of junk mail coming in your mail box.

Will you opt out of credit card offers and junk mail?  Have you already done this?

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17 Responses to “How to Opt Out of Junk Mail and Credit Card Offers”


  1. I’ve done both these things with success. But I get stuck back on unwanted catalog lists sometimes when I’ve ordered something online, grrr.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Emily- I hate when that happens! I ordered something years ago from a pet supply company once and I still get their catalogs!

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  2. Great tip Mrs Money! Most of the mail we get goes right into the garbage…what a waste.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Saving Money Today- Thanks! I agree- it’s sad how much we throw away.

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  3. We’ve done this – it really does make a dent in the piles of paper coming into the mailbox (esp. at Christmas time). I’m a bit neurotic about unsubscribing from everything – and if I get a wayward catalog, I make sure to call the company and ask to be removed from the mailing list.

    Same with telemarketers – instead of just hanging up, I let them finish their spiel, then I decline AND I ask to be removed from their mailing list. Interestingly enough, asking to be removed from a telemarketer’s list seems to lead to the call ending sooner than otherwise – so far no one has come back to say, “I understand, but have you considered . . . ”

    Fewer catalogs and solicitations = some trees saved and less garbage/recycling to deal with. Fewer phone solicitations = quiet evenings. Now to get DH to cancel all his business solicitations . . .

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    ami- I hate telemarketing. That’s worse than junk mail. ;)

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  4. I’m with Emily–if I order something, I’m right back on the mailing list. I finally had it one day and called this particular company, which I’d asked no less than 5 times to take me off the damned mailing list, and told them that if they didn’t stop mailing me catalogs, I wouldn’t spend another dime with the company. We’ll see if it works!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    ConsciouslyFrugal- It will be interesting to see if they follow through. I hope they do!

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  5. One interesting strategy I found out for stopping credit card and junk mail offers was an old fashioned ‘junk the junk’ strategy. You simply send the message back with a little junk mail of your own. And that might get some relent.

    I haven’t tried this strategy myself due to my absence of junk mail, but I figured it was a humorous thought. :P

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Aury- LOL that is too funny!!

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