floral order junk emailUPDATED: 1/28/2017 Thinking about sending flowers for a special occasion like Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or to remember a loved one?  How to order flowers online and avoid lots of junk email. 

Online floral delivery reminders

I always recommend checking with your local florist before ordering flowers online. There are reputable sites that ship direct, but usually you are paying a middleman. With a local florist, you can ask questions. There are specific questions you want to ask for every flower order.

If you still want to buy flowers online, beware that some Internet florists will send you lots of junk email after your order.

You’ll be constantly reminded of sales and other floral holidays. Order on Valentine’s Day, and your mailbox will fill up around late April with Mother’s Day deals.

After ordering flowers for Valentine’s Day, the emails never stopped arriving from 1-800-FLOWERS. I got two in January, four in February, and they skyrocketed as Mother’s Day approached. Emails arrived every two days and sometimes more.  In April, some days I got more than one email. Since January, 1-800-FLOWERS sent over 60 emails.

Every email must offer you a way to unsubscribe. You can find this at the bottom of the email.

Setup separate email for online shopping

If you do a lot of shopping online, it’s a good idea to set-up a separate email address from your primary one.  Then, you can give the secondary email to companies.

If you agree to marketing material for the occasional deal, you won’t need to worry about emails clogging up your Inbox. With a secondary account, you only have to read them when you’re looking for a deal.

In the digital age, something as simple as an email address is also a security risk.  Many of us learned this the hard way as our favorite companies emailed us to tell us their email lists were hacked. The hackers may only have your email address, but what information can the hackers gain from that to steal your identity in other places? This is really a concern if your email address is your username on another site.

If you have an Inbox full of junk email, get rid of it in 4 easy steps.