When you first move to the U.S. you’re desperately trying to get signed up for everything that makes your life more convenient. But what happens when this all falls into place and SUDDENLY YOU’RE SHOWERED IN NEVER ENDING JUNK MAIL!?

Junk Mail.

So. Much. Junk Mail.

Some make mention of “special deals” but my favorites are the ones that say “You’ve been personally selected HOMEOWNER NAME”. I feel so privileged!

So how do you stop it? Well, the sad news is that you can’t stop it completely. It’s up to all of these companies to opt into these filters but a lot of the big companies do, so there is a way to at least stem the tide.

Step 1: Credit Cards & Banks

Honestly, even the banks I’m already a part of send me three letters a day offering deals (that I subsequently can’t sign up for because I’m already a member).

Head to OptoutPrescreen.com and you will be able to remove yourself from anything to do with credit reports (at least, the major ones).

You can choose to opt-out for five years or permanently (which requires a physical letter because it’s apparently 1932).

Step 2: DMA Choice

The real junk junk mail can be stopped through DMAChoice.org. The website looks rather average but from my research, it’s legit.

Sign up for a free account and you can opt yourself right out (along with some other options available to you).

Step 3: Phone Books & catalogs

TheRealYellowPages.com (fakest name ever) has an opt-out and go green option which will get you off the major lists and stop the yellow pages arriving at your doorstep (and ultimately ending up in your trash).

Step 3a: Stop the phone calls

Once your number is on a list, along with the mail comes the neverending phone calls.

The Federal Trade Commission and the FCC are slowly but surely working on ways to stop that but in the meantime, it’s worth registering your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry… it’s better than nothing!

Step 4: Charity Mailers

You make ONE donation and you’re on the list for life, and while this is true, most charities don’t really want the expense of mailing everyone to get more donations.

If you reach out to them and let them know, in most cases they’ll stop emailing you (or more likely they will limit it to only one major campaign per year).

Funny side note: My computer keeps trying to auto-correct “mailing” to “emailing”. That’s right, WHY ARE WE EVEN HAVING THIS DISCUSSION!?

Step 5: Return to sender

I know this is going to start taking some time out of your day and you don’t have that much time to spend, but anything that is sent to the “Homeowner” or “The Resident” can be refused. You can write “Return to Sender” on it and put it in the mailbox.

In some cases, this will slow things down from that sender because they automatically take you off their list.

Step 6: Go crazy and make a paper maché boat

It’s the logical next step.

Happy mailing!

About the Author

America Josh

I had a fantastic life in Adelaide and in Australia but thought in late 2015 that it was time to do something new. I handed over control of my company, sold my house, car, and even gave away my cat (“Aslan”) to start on my journey to New York.

I arrived in New York on January 10, 2017, from Adelaide, South Australia and in March 2017, I started America Josh to help make the transition to the US from wherever you’re from just a little bit easier.

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