Help! I’m drowning in a sea of unread e-mail!

Have you ever really thought about what it takes to be an extreme couponer? Yeah, me neither, but I did see a few of those shows. I was drawn like a moth to the flame of getting $700 worth of groceries for around $25. Now, if you do see the show, you realize that these “couponers” are a little crazy…well, maybe not crazy, more like addicts to saving a buck and dedicating an entire room in their house to paper-towels and barbecue sauce.

Needless to say, I don’t think I want to go that far with it, but I did see a few candy bars on their “organized hoard” shelves, so I thought, why not…if I could get a few free Mountain Dews and some spaghetti-o’s, it sure couldn’t hurt. I figured I would be much smarter though by not wasting time and money buying newspapers and clipping coupons…I would just get on all my favorite brand’s websites and sign up for some of those coupon websites while I’m at it. While I was at it I thought I might as well score some free samples (there is a website for that) and maybe enter some contests too.

It really seemed easy at first. I just would register at site after site, give them my address to send all my samples and winnings to, print of some coupons for things I would actually use, and get a bunch of free stuff. (The samples are going to be some stocking stuffers too). After a few hours, my fingers were getting a little tired, so I decided to call it quits for the day.

Today I have 2,036 unread emails. No joke. I must admit that some of these were from earlier emails. When I started on WordPress I got the email notifications of everything, like whenever the people I followed scratched themselves. I figured out how to stop all that about a month into it, but I never read/deleted those emails, plus I used to get Facebook notifications of stupid stuff that I never opened, so that is part of the problem.

The rest of the problem is from signing up for coupons, store specials, paid surveys, contests, samples, etc. In all fairness, there are some really great things that you can get (p&g, Lysol, Hershey, Kraft, hp, etc. and samples from too many unknown brands to count) each time you give your email address to someone to save a dollar, just plan on getting at least a few emails each week from them.

I could “unsubcribe” from their mailing lists, but you really can get some awesome coupons/deals/free stuff by receiving and weeding through their email, so I am torn.

The plan is to create an email address just for necessary junk, and have a new one for legitimate news. Anyway, if I do get a new address, I will update WP, since I know how to block word press junk, but until then if you send me an email and I don’t respond, please don’t take it personally. Wish me luck, and if you find me buried in heaps of emails, call the extreme coupon people and not hoarders to complain. 😉

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6 thoughts on “Help! I’m drowning in a sea of unread e-mail!

  1. This is great Rebekah. I am now up to over 10,000 e-mails on my yahoo address. Every day get like 25 unwanted e-mails. I tried to unsubscribe for awhile, but I found that most places wait a month and start sending stuff again or you are subscribed to like 5 different kinds of lists for that one company and you really would have to sit at your computer all day unsubscribing to get it all unsubscribed. I think someone should start a business to come over to your house and unsubscribe you from all your junk mail. Needless to say I have a new e-mail address to for the important people and stuff. Great blog Rebekah!

    • That’s crazy Kim. I think you are right about each having 5 lists too. I haven’t gotten a new address yet because I would have to update everything. I guess I need to take a few days and sort through some to see which stuff I care about enough to update. I will probably have to wait till schools out because each teacher has my email too, and updating just that would be difficult. Not to mention friends. Anyway, you are smart to have 2, and thanks for the compliments about the blog. Good luck keeping your new email clear.

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