Stop the World… I Want to Opt Out

Why oh why is it becoming necessary to opt out of everything, lately?

Shouldn’t the rule be that a company has no right to automatically make decisions and choose preferences for you?

Shouldn’t they need to have your permission first?


You say you don’t want calls from Sears offering an extended warranty on that appliance you bought?

You must opt out.

Ordered a gift online and now you’re bombarded with special offers and “great deals”?

Sorry about that, but you’re going to have to opt out.

Don’t want your personal information shared by your bank, your credit card company, the local department store, etc.?

You must opt OUT!


Crazy, no?

What do you think? πŸ™‚

(I’ve missed you!)




Stop the World… I Want to Opt Out — 17 Comments

  1. O, I have missed you too! How is your semi-retirement coming?

    Opt Out PO’s me too! As well as having to have a card to get the sale prices at the local grocery store. And now Walmart won’t match prices on store brand advertised prices. Wanna hear more! And why do I have to list my phone number on a Do Not Call List? Why can’t I have to put it on a Please Call List? So, unless your name shows on my phone, or a familiar number, or I know that face at the door I’m just not answering. Heck, I don’t even have to look at the phone when it rings because your name splashes across my TV screen!!! Click.

  2. I thought the click was cute, but then I worried that you might wonder why I didn’t send XXX, So I came back to sign off.
    xx, Carol

  3. Hey Carol πŸ™‚
    The click was cute, but I sure am glad you added those xxx’s! πŸ˜€

    T-minus 6 work days and counting for Hubby. We’ve been busy wrapping up all the paperwork and running to the dentist to use up our dental insurance before it expires! His co-workers have planned a party for him – so we are excited about that!

  4. Greetings Clenna! πŸ™‚
    I agree. Protecting a consumer’s rights seems to be low on the agenda.

    Have a ball in TN. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures! πŸ˜€

  5. I am on the do not call but it doesnt apply to political parties or charities and the unscrupulous companies that ignore it :(I also have a big sign on my door saying No Soliciting except people dont understand so it also says No politics,No religion,No selling and i still have people ignoring it….
    Im also tired of advertising,on tv ,on the street ,in the papers even on ice rink boards,on bus shelters…its everywhere…….Buy Buy Buy!Thats whats wrong with the world….too much STUFF!

  6. Hi there, Michelle! πŸ™‚
    I know exactly what you mean about the “do not call” lists. We’re on that list, as well, but with so many exceptions to the rule – we still get a bunch of telemarketing calls. πŸ™

    Re: advertising….
    I’ve recently heard that schools are selling advertising space on the back of the notes they send home to parents!

  7. This is so very funny that you mention this because you’ve just reminded me of a situation that I have to handle soon. I subscribed to a photography magazine as a gift for my brother and I recently saw a charge from it on my credit card. They automatically renewed the subscription. I went online to stop the subscription and there is everything under the sun about “changing your address” and “why haven’t I gotten an issue”, but NOTHING about discontinuing a subscription. I am so upset – why do I have to jump through hoops for this? You just reminded me that I need to find a phone number to deal with this…

  8. Congratulations on getting close to retirement. I think its great that they are throwing a party for Sir Beads. COOL!!

    I too wish I could opt out of political parties, and credit card offers that come in the mail. I hate those. The nice thing about living in a rural area is we don’t get solicitors, they are too afraid that they will get shot for trespassaing.
    I miss everyone and i hope all of your are enjoying your summer. I still have 3 weeks of stats class, and then I’m off to Pella, Iowa for the Harley rally.

    Take Care Everyone!!

  9. Hi Yona!
    Your magazine subscription adventure reminds me of a song lyric from way before your time. πŸ™‚

    In the re-make of the movie, “A Star Is Born” (with Barbra Streisand), Kris Kristofferson sings a song called
    Hellacious Acres and the last line is: Admission’s free you pay to get out.

    We say that around here anytime something that was easy to begin proves to be very difficult to get out of.

    (Thanks for the kind words about my posts!)

  10. Oh Kelly!
    Just 3 weeks? That’s great. I have a feeling you will be the star student (again!) πŸ˜€

    How fun that you have a trip all planned when classes end. Sometime, it would be fun to see a photo of your Harley!

    Sir Beads’ Mom was born in Iowa! Maybe we will take a trip there now that he’ll have more time.

  11. Interesting topic…

    Those automatic renewals will get you every time!! I try to read the fine print and when I see that, I change it to manual renewal. Like my domain names. From year to year, who knows if I will still be in to whatever it is I am in to.

    ATT kept hounding me to switch my internet service to them. I have them for local and long distance. Everyday at 6pm. Non stop. So finally, one day I wasn’t feeling well when the phone rang. I snatched up the phone, knew it was them, it was. I demanded to speak to the supervisor. I asked if he had any authority. He said he did. I asked if he could remove my name from their “LISTS” and if he couldn’t I would be switching ALL OF MY SERVICE over to Comcast. I never received another call.

    If only all of them were that easy to get rid of!!

    Oh Crystal… we have missed you, too. Hope you are doing fun stuff!!

  12. Thanks, Donna πŸ™‚
    I’ll bet you have some wonderful retirement advice! You have a talent for getting to the heart of the matter on everything – from discovering a new craft to finding great bargains!
    I’ll bet you are a maven when it comes to all things retirement, too! (Sir Beads and I would welcome any tips you have!) πŸ˜‰

  13. πŸ˜€

    Thanks, Crystal.

    Though it has been 4 1/2 years since I retired, I am still adjusting. Tweaking. It was hard at first reeling in my out-of-control craft spending. And clothes/shoes shopping and household gadget shopping. I could no longer buy all colors in everything I liked. I could no longer buy a 2nd pair of this or that for later.

    About 2 years before I retired, I was curious on where my money was going. So I bought a journal and begin to track every penny going out. It was a shocker to complete a two-sided page of entries. 24 lines on the front. 24 lines on the back. Some months I needed extra pages. That was when I decided enough. Stop spending to be spending. I watch closely as the month progresses with my eye on the number of entries and amount spent. My goal is not to go over 35 entries per month and to use my debit card. So sometimes I have to go 4-5 days with no spending. It is hard but it helps me control my spending.

    Another thing I do… we all probably do this, with the high price of gasoline. I make a list of my errands. And do all of them on the same day. Twice a week. No more just jumping in the car several times a day to run here and there. I fill up once a month and that usually last 3-4 weeks if no pleasure trips are planned.

    And shop mostly with coupons and wait for sales. Especially for craft supplies.


  14. πŸ˜€ You are a sweetheart!!

    One thing I forgot to mention…

    I swallowed my pride and didn’t care who saw me looking AND BUYING in the “generic” sections at the grocery store. I had always associated generic with those on a budget. Well, HEY!! I am on a budget!! Now!! Everyone told me the taste was the same. It isn’t. But I am getting used to store brands and brands I never heard of. Cheaper. And my pocket likes.

  15. I am on the do not call list but I still get calls sometimes, very annoying! We also have an unpublished number, so that cuts down on the number of calls on the home phone. They call on my mobile phone! I did not think they were allowed to do that!

    What I HATE are the texts from solicitors, you have to reply STOP to make them quit sending texts.

    Our city has an ordinance against door to door solicitation. πŸ™‚ Yay, I am all for that!

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