Day 5: Get Rid of Catalogs

By Zaneta Lowe  - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -Just about everyday our mailboxes are stuffed with one of the biggest spending temptations known to man or woman -- catalogs.

Experts say don't even flip through them. Just throw them straight into the trash! Stores work to lure you in with sales, free shipping and sometimes the hard to pass promise of buy now pay later. Before you know it you're hooked. (Most catalog mailers get your address from databases like

According to the Direct Marketing Association, every year, Americans spend about $160 billion ordering things like cologne, handbags and even swimsuits.

We broke that number down a little further and that's about 15-hundred dollars per person. Sometimes you're able to find the strength to say no, but since catalogs are a visual reminder of so called good "deals", experts say you eventually pick them back up, give in and buy!

Save yourself some trouble down the road throw the catalogs out and get your name off of the mailing lists.