Un-Junk-Ucation Update! End Direct Temptation

Although I originally wrote this post on CookingforBello, I’ve decided to provide an update on ALOR. Why? You can read more about our goal here.

In short

By sharing our story, we hope to inspire other Gen Xers. We are not stuck! [Click to Tweet to Fellow Gen Xers}  

So with no further ado. Here are a few steps Bello and I took when we knew we were hitting the road. We were fearful of credit card offers in the mail at past addresses.

Plus, If you’re fighting debt, removing temptation will help you stay on the path. So stop trying to ignore the direct temptation and stop the temptation completely.

  1. Got Junk Email? Don’t just delete it from your inbox. Take one day a week for the next month and unsubscribe to every junk email you get. Stores count on their ability to reach you through email marketing. Right now, email marketers are preparing themselves for the “second coming.” They know reading email is the #1 thing we do with our smart phones. So they know they have access to you 24×7. Do yourself a favor and curb temptation to buy by getting your email off their list! Scroll to the bottom of the email and unsubscribe. According to the Federal Trade Commission  opt out or unsubscribe links are legally required in email marketing. Exercise your rights and stop the inbox abuse.
  2. Stop Snail Mail: Next step, stop the catalogs. It’s easier than you think. It might take 90 days to kick in but you can remove your name from mailing lists with Direct Marketing Choice.
  3. Credit Card Crunch: Your bank wants to give you more credit than you need, in the hope that you’ll use it! It’s within your power to get all banks to stop sending you offers. Again it might take another mailing cycle but this worked for us too OptOutProcess.

That’s it for this update, more to come. If you are looking for other inspirations to save, check our Gypsy Tips. 


Over the years, I’ve moved 19 times. 11 of which were over the last decade in New York City. Apparently, I’m unable to settle since I sold my childhood home… while my Mom was traveling in Germany… but that’s another story, Love you Mom!

That many moves makes you really, really good at two things.

  1. Packing, moving and unpacking. We’re talking boxes itemized, nothing lost or broken, all unpacking done, all boxes gone day one, kind of good. Perhaps more importantly, moving also made me good at…
  2. Not acquiring Junk

When you move frequently, you start looking at your things and realizing, the things you own, in fact, own you. Things cost money, I know DUH! I’m not just talking the money you plunk down in the first place. You have to find a place to put them “we need a bigger closet” sound familiar. You have to pay to clean, repair and replace…

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