Easy Eco-tip Tuesday: Unjunk Your Mail Box

We purchased a home a little over a year ago. And with that home I inherited yet another batch of junk mail. Some days the mail box was jammed so full with the grocery circular as well as magazines and catalogs from the former resident that I could barely get my mail out. Luckily for me, I cleverly documented the unjunking process for myself on this blog about two years ago.

If your junk mail is clogging up your mail box and hogging your recycling bin, follow these four simple and free steps to an unjunked mail box. You'll be happy you did!

How to Unjunk Your Mail Box

Step 1: Save Your Junk
Series Reprise and Final Tips

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  1. I did this several years ago and it is sooo nice NOT to deal with that junk! I also make it a point to call my credit card companies and tell them NOT to send those courtesy checks - or whatever they are called.

    1. Exactly, Kristina -- that's another important step to complete! One less thing to shred...

    2. I've heard if you write return to sender on unopened mail, the sender will have to pay the return postage. They don't like doing that.

    3. greencoat, according to my research, for most junk mail I believe this would not work. From the Series Finale: Two things that don't work: refusing junk mail (by writing "refusal" or "return to sender" on the envelope) since 3rd class mail is not forwarded; sending junk mail back postage due. Both of these simply result in the mail carrier tossing your junk mail for you.

  2. Believe me when I say that #3 is far more difficult than it might seem. I spent over six-weeks making a concerted effort for the Tucson Shopper to cease and desist sending my all their junk (esp., pizza coupons I will NEVER use) I had to call again and again. I had a bag of their junk mail from six-weeks that I was prepared to throw on the floor of their GMs office on West Grant. After two-months, they got it! No junk in mailbox the following Tuesday. Three years later it started up again. They claimed they had a new marketing manager and they would "try" to take my address off... AGAIN. I made it exceedingly clear.

    "I don't want your GMO coupon crap! Not ever!"

    [Thanks for sharing this. Just know, based on my experiences, #3 is w-a-y more difficult than it looks. F&*# the Tucson Shopper! Peddling garbage food coupons, enabling Monsanto... sheer evil!]

    1. Wow, I feel your pain. The Penny Saver and Red Plum were very straight-forward to cancel (I did it online). I'm having a horrible time right now, though, with catalogs. And they are all coming from one magazine subscription (I can tell b/c they come in my daughter's name) and I am SO BUMMED I did not remember to tell that magazine DO NOT SHARE MY INFO!!! I really need to remember that anytime I hand over my address. I wish these companies couldn't sell our personal info. Such a bummer, and a nuisance.


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