I keep hearing people say "stuff in the mail", but I never hear anyone say "stuff in the email". Why? For example, can you say "Check for coupons that come in the email"?
The way I learned to use "the" is that when you referring to something already mentioned or something you can point to, like that/the car that is parked on our driveway. But sometimes, you just say "the" to refer to some invention in general like "the email has became so popular that everyone is expected to have one". Here, "the email" refers to the email client everyone is using like Gmail.