Opt out and print out coupons from the web! 

I have been happily free of junk mail for a number of years. Whenever a circular or coupon packet arrives, I contact the sender and ask to be dropped from their lists.

Weeks ago two of those opt outs expired after 5 years. Already tired of recycling these frequent mailings, I notice that fliers full of closet organizers and TV subscriptions are tossed without a glance, but I do peruse the local coupon packets, save a few and put them in a pile that I don’t touch until the next batch arrives.  

My coupon loving neighbor no longer piles coupons or keeps track of expiration dates. When she wants a pizza, she just goes to the coupon website and prints a current one! 

How do you opt out? Each packet you receive bears the distributors’ contact information. Give them a call or visit their web site. Sometimes the link is not obvious; try the Mailing List or Contact Us pages. 

Here are the opt out pages for my recent mailers plus a few direct mail industry websites: 

Valpak:  1-800-437-0479, www.coxtarget.com/mailsuppression/s/DisplayMailSuppressionForm 

RedPlum or Valassis: www.valassis.com/1024/Contact/consumersupport.aspx

Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service: www.dmachoice.org

Credit and insurance offers: www.optoutprescreen.com or call 1-888-5OPT-OUT (888-567-8688)

Catalogs: www.catalogchoice.org/

For additional industry information: www.mailmovesamerica.org/donotmail_proposals.php