(NBC NEWS) -- Far from the most wonderful time of year for online shoppers, it can also be most aggravating because of junk or spam email.
"Spam is increasing exponentially and I don't see it stopping for a little bit more." says business writer Mike Michalowicz
Michalowicz became so aggravated, he came up with a list of things you can do to slow the flow of spam.
One of the recommendations is simply opening up a Google G-mail account.
"Gmail is masterful at controlling spam...the system has the intelligence to move the promotional content and the blacklist content out of your inbox" says Michalowicz
He also found that reputable companies that send spam will actually stop when you click the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of the email.
Michalowicz says try using the spam filters that are on your email account. He says that they really work when updated frequently.
Another email irritant is when you're away for the holidays but your email inbox continues to fill up.
"It can feel as though, by the time you get back, you're gonna be in even more trouble if you aren't checking in" explains Anna Post of Emily Post's Etiquette.
Post says don't check your email while on vacation. But before you leave compose an auto-reply email that's diplomatic but firm.
"You can simply say that I will be out of cell service, I will be out of email range for those two weeks, and unable to check in" says Post.
Which can also be a therapeutic reminder of what it was like without email.