HOWTO: Stop the Coupon Blizzard

About once a week, we receive an unsolicited “newspaper” in front of our door. Inside the plastic sheath is a pile of coupon papers and newspaper inserts for Lowe’s and various local supermarkets. We were thinking, damn, this is so annoying to toss into the trash every week. Then we remembered a post we had done on the very same subject.

We sat down inside and pored over the inserts for contact information for the distribution company. We quickly realized that the inserts are boiler plate and that wouldn’t be the source of identifying marks. However, on the delivery condom, perhaps… so we looked it over and found scrunched into the bottom a number we could call for “distribution information.” We called it, told them we would like for the deliveries to stop and they said they would put in a note and expect a few more before it stopped in a few weeks.

We’ll be watching, coupon commandos.


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  1. Ben Popken says:

    Elaine writes:

    “After I saw the post on opting out of the Advo/ShopWise coupon circulars, I did that. Then I became a little obsessed about how to do the same for all the coupon crap that fills up my mailbox on what seems like a daily basis. Most of these “publications” have NO contact information.

    I contacted every email address I could think of and/or locate for one local “newspaper” and actually received a (paper) letter from the publisher saying they can’t remove me from the list because they pay the Postal Service for a specific kind of distribution list and are *required* to deliver to EVERY ADDRESS in the zip code. Even though in my emails I stressed that I hate throwing away all this paper, and how wasteful it is, the publisher’s letter said I had no choice, I’d receive their “newspaper” no matter what, and suggested I “just throw it away.”

    I’m not an environmental nut, but I want to be reasonable. I don’t have a fireplace, and my development doesn’t offer recycling bins, so I have to throw a few pounds of junk mail into the dumpster every week. Don’t these companies care about how much money they’re wasting? The return on these advertisements no one reads cannot possibly be worth it.”