I’m always happy when I see junk mail in my mailbox. Now that’s a strange reaction to most folks. I’m happy because the “junk mail” gets me free postage stamps every month! I earn these stamps by being a mail decoy agent for a mail diversion club.

Many companies use mail decoy services to ensure the publications they send to customers are timely. Companies also use mail decoy agents to test if their mailing list has been stolen.

Here’s how it works:

  • Each week I receive 15 to 30 pieces of decoy mail, including magazines, catalogs and flyers. Monday is the heaviest. Other days I get nothing. Generally, I find decoy mail in my box three days a week.
  • All the mailings are marked with a special seven digit code in the address bar. The code identifies them as decoys.
  • I call the service’s toll-free number, input my identification number, and punch in the codes from the decoy mail pieces. It is automated and easy. The process takes about two minutes each day (10 minutes a week).  In return for my services, I receive 10 free postage stamps every month from the company.

That may not sound like a lot of remuneration for the work. But there are several advantages:

  • I earn free stamps by simply picking up my mail.
  • Sometimes I get free magazines, product samples and catalogs at my home address. Some of these items are worth $5 or more.

Here are the disadvantages:

  • I receive a LOT of junk mail on a weekly basis.
  • I must keep track of my mail and report it daily (or at the very latest, the next day).
  • When I travel, I must report my break to the service or make other arrangements.

However, if you can patiently go through your mail and report the decoy pieces you receive on a daily basis, then working as a mail decoy agent may be right for you. Here’s how to get started:

  • Send an email to the service (just Google it) and request to join the mail decoy program. Include your name, address (especially zip code) and phone number.
  • Wait a few days to find out if there is a need for mail decoy agents in your geographic area. If so, the company will contact you via email with more information. They’ll send a four digit ID number.
  • Decoy mail will arrive in a week or two.
  • Call and report the mailings on the same or following day.
  • Maintain at least an 85 percent reporting rate or you may get disqualified.
  • A month later, expect a newsletter from the service and 10 free postage stamps.

There are many mail decoy companies to which you can apply, including The Hauser Group, U.S. Monitor and SBKC. Some of these companies will even pay you to report and/or send back your decoy mail. Those programs can pay up to $50-$100 per month.

This has been a guest post by Halina from Madison, WI
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30 thoughts on “Deliver Savings: How to Get Stamps for Free with Junk Mail”

  1. Keri says:

    Can you sign up for multiple mail decoy programs? How would you know which company sent you what?

  2. Uh_oh_itselectric says:

    Did it worry anyone else that The Hauser Group wants your social security number???

  3. christine says:

    Can someone please tell me the email address to sign up?? I can’t seem to find it. Thanks!!!

  4. christine says:

    Can someone please tell me the email address? I can’t seem to find it. Thanks!!

  5. MsKelly65 says:

    I’m giving it a try also.  I can earn a few rewards and, after the holding period, recycle the paper.  I’m uneasy about SBKC, though, because I’d have to send them mail with my personal information on it then trust them to shred and keep my privacy safe.  It may be legit, but I’m just not willing to take that risk right now.

  6. Happyfeet says:

    How do you join the quad group? I clicked the link and nothing.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’ve worked for Hausernet for many years. At first it was OK, but lately they have been extremely slow to pay. In my case they’re behind by 1 1/2 years so sign up at your own risk.

  8. tracey says:

    The HauserNet Program which is listed in this article asks that I complete a form (which essentially is only asking for my social security number) and mail or fax it to them.  I goggled the company and so far haven’t found anything negative but I am a bit leery.  I at first felt confident that it was legit since I saw the article on this website but then I see today that it is from a contributor, not the actual KCL ladies.  Hausernet actually pays its participants and needs a decoy in my area and I am a huge proponent of recycling so I don’t mind the extra mail but was curious if anyone else has ever heard of this company.

    • tracey says:

       Well I answered my own question.  Just found many articles online that were negative about this company so I will not be pursuing this opportunity.  I really hoped it was a good idea since it was posted on a KCL article :-(

    • Anonymous says:

      Be very cautious about giving out your social security number.

    • Jlwp05 says:

       I checked with the Better Business Bureau and didn’t find anything negative about the HauserNet Program. I decided not to go with the company because of the social security number request. I did sign up with US Monitor and SBKC.

  9. guest says:

    For those of you that have signed up for the mail decoy services. I just wanted to make you they don’t send anything offensive, do they? I just don’t want any trash coming in my mail.

  10. Panehysell says:

    like previous have said.. this could actually help our economy.. it can make companies start paying more to postal services..which it retruens helps keeps jobs and families together so many have gone papperless tring to “save the earth” like that will ever happen.. that they forgotten all this electronic payments and etc.. has hurt our postal services causing many to shut down and many families to suffer caz of it…

  11. Anonymous says:

    I cringed when I read the amount of mail this idea generates. For goodness sake, your important mail could get lost in all that clutter. I’ve always had a goal to minimize the amount of mail I get.

  12. Poolside1 says:

    I always get ALOT of credit card apps. They usually come with a pre-stamped envelope or no postage if mailed in the United States. I put another cc apps info in them (kinda switch them out) and mail them back. I hope this helps the Post Office re-coop their $ back on bulk mail. If anybody knows, let me know or am I wasting my time?

    • Anonymous says:

       You can opt out of getting credit card offers. I haven’t got one in years.


    • S@HM says:

       keep it up, this does help the post office. the company that sends these offers has to pay each time they are sent back. So the post office gets twice the postage per envelope:) I did that too, till they stopped sending me offers:)

      • Poolside1 says:

        Thanks for the info. I’ve beed doing it for over a year, get all my fellow workers to do it and I still recieve them!! Keep on, keepin on!!!!!!

  13. Teresa Luna says:

    I also think this is hardly worth the effort. For $4.50 worth of postage received each month, you’d have to spend an average of 10 minutes a week, including time every single day – per the blogger -  in order to receive that compensation in stamps, not even cash. Also you get a bunch of additional junk mail to throw in the trash. I agree with theresab8. Use your time to save $4.50 a month in other ways much more easily, like sticking to your usual couponing.

    • Some people might think that the coupons I sometimes receive in the mail to be “junk mail”.

      • Poolside1 says:

        It’s mostly called JUNK mail because that’s what 99% of it is. Sorry, but it’s true. The MOST important issue is, that it’s destroying our trees!!!

    • Halina says:

      Actually, I get more than stamps from Quad Readers. I have also received high value children’s magazines, catalogs that I’ve ended up using or keeping for my friends, and publications that had good articles. Plus, I get occasional product samples. So it’s not just stamps.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I looked at the SBKC and it looks interesting.  You send them your junk mail instead of asking for more.  Has anyone participated with them before? 

    • Halina says:

      I just started with this company. I do plan to eventually report on this program to KCL. But for right now, I do get useful stamps from Quad Readers. Thanks!

  15. theresab8 says:

    I’ve always enjoyed the money saving tips submitted by readers, except honestly this time.  For the small amount of money this will make for people, please don’t do this.  My family has been on a mission to reduce junk mail and stop killing the trees that it takes to produce junk mail.  I get very little mail now.  All you have to do is call the company that sends it and ask to be removed from the mailing list.  It takes very little time.  They will take you off the list and you’ll receive no more mail from them.  Please don’t encourage junk mail.

    • Anonymous says:

       I agree! Even though I’m on lists to stop credit card offers and I’ve called every company possible, the worst offender is the Post Office. I get TONS of junk mail addressed to “Resident”, and when I asked them to stop, they said they are getting paid to put it in my mailbox, so they can’t stop. It’s so frustrating!

    • Thanks for the feedback, ladies. We are always interested in learning new things at KCL.

  16. Strawberry_nd says:

    As a stay at home Mom I already pick through my mail and recycle the junk/fliers. Why not earn postage stamps for what Im doing anyway? Im going to give it a try. :)

    • Halina says:

      Hi there! I just recently signed up with SBKC and they pay you for any junk mail you send back to them. I just started with them but will be reporting how much I earn there. Thanks!