How many emails are too many? I had 3505 emails in my inbox, and a whopping 2183 I had not even read. The important messages got read and sometimes even those got lost in the clutter. There are 24 messages sent from 26/04/2007-21/09/2009 that apparently were important enough to keep since the last time I cleaned my hotmail account out. They included photos, and contact info which I needed to transfer (finally) over to my address book.
In the past I have been a sucker for free samples, coupons, daily deal promotions, online shopping and updates to sporting events/concerts all over the place. When I do happen to purchase an item, as well as a receipt I receive large amounts of advertising sent to my inbox. Yeah, more excuses to shop! In the end, instead of saving money I spend more, and have not only cluttered up my inbox but also my life. Now I feel the need to head off to
, Toronto or even Disney (gasp!) to enjoy all these experiences. Montreal
So last week it was my challenge to rid my email of the evil consumer driving advertising and be free of the “life” that corporations like to tell us we need. I am no longer going to be a sucker, and I will embrace the “loser” in me. Are going to lose out by not having the next best toy, newest book, or going on the far from home adventure? By the end of the year we will know for sure, but this little adventure we have embraced has already made us feel more content with our lives.
All of the corporations I unsubscribed to:
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Hello- I am afraid to open them anyways since I will want to go!
Mountain Equipment Coop
Chapter’s Indigo- hardest one to remove
Toys R Us
Online Store Canada
Today’s Parent Magazine
Roger’s Magazine service
Deal of the Day- Red Flag Deals
Purina/My kitten- to get free samples of cat food
Career Training-CDI college
Dollars for Gold
Senior People Meet?!
The Very Best Baking Team
CS Johnson and
Girl Guides of
Council Canada- Ontario
Gymboree Play and Music Classes
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts-ticketmaster –thomas the Tank Engine for Jill and Luca?:(
..Dan’s ticket update Ottawa
Backstreet Boys Newsletter J
National Arts Centre
Just for Laughs
Canadian Cancer Society
2 hours in (not all at one time/I need to pace) and down to 1775..in the end it took me over 7 days of sporadically going at it. Never again will it get infiltrated by corporations again!
I have to admit that unsubscribing from the activities was the hardest. I kind of felt like I was hoarding the memories of all the things we have done with our kids in the past. It’s like whenever I would get a Disney Cruise Line Promotion it would remind me of our amazing trip, taking Jill to Gymboree, Girl Guide Camps with Hannah, or going to a Sens game with Adam once in awhile…is this normal, does this happen to anyone else? Maybe I could just look through our photos insteadJ