Black Friday: a great time to unsubscribe from everything

Nothing brings advertisers outta the woodwork like Black Friday/Cyber Monday. “Oh yeah, I bought one thing from that one company 11 months ago,” I realize, promptly tossing their postcard in my recycling. If only there was an “unsubscribe” link on catalogs, right dawg?

IS THERE A BETTER WAY? You bet your sweet pumpkin-cheesecake-lovin’ booty there is!

When I get paper junk mail (you know, in the ole mailbox from days of yore), I’ve gotten in the habit of googling “email [company name]” to find a contact form/address, then sending them this li’l template baby:

Hello there!
Please remove me from your marketing/catalog lists. I’d appreciate it very much! Here’s my info:
MY NAME
MY ADDRESS
Thank you so much!

I leave ’em as email drafts so they’re ready to copy-and-paste anytime.
And yesterday I realized I can proactively do this as soon as I buy something online! I don’t have to wait for their annoying (plus, tree-killing or whatever) mail! So I scribbled up this template too:

Hi! I just made a purchase with you (and I’m excited to get it)!
I’m trying to cut down on the paper mail I receive, so just in case you were going to add me to a physical mailing list (for catalogs or something), I would love it if you would remove me:
MY NAME
MY ADDRESS
I really appreciate it! Thank you so much!

Please take and customize to your heart’s content (obviously, you may be less into exclamation points than I am).
Happy Thanksgiving (almost)!
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