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Money Tip: Invest in a Shredder

It takes up a little bit of room, but buying a shredder is a smart use of your money and space. You've heard the horror stories about identities stolen because of careless disposal of things like credit card offers and bank account statements. A shredder can help you avoid trouble, protect yourself, and keep your table junk-mail-free.

I like to destroy the necessary envelopes as I go through the mail to prevent clutter and save time. You can purchase a shredder from any office supply store and they run as low as $50. Is shredding part of your routine?

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
We picked up an awesome shredder at an auction...I think we paid $3 for it and it'll shred just about anything you give it. We always shred CC offers and other personal info just to be on the safe side.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i definitely agree with this one. for the past few months - i've been bringing stuff to the office to shred since i'm paranoid about someone stealing my personal information.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I just bring my stuff to work to shred it.
stoopeed stoopeed 7 years
Yep - too steep at $100. I do however have the one that sweetpea mentions - a shredder without a bin under it. I keep it in my desk drawer, it comes out once a week, and I throw it over my regular wastepaper basket, plug it in, and shred away.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 7 years
I shred anything with my name, address, or any personal information on it. All receipts get shredded. It makes me feel much safer.
shoshie shoshie 7 years
Those are cute, but $100 is a bit much to spend on a shredder. I also don't have a lot of room to host one, so I use shredding scissors. It's a little more of a hand workout, but easier to store.
Smart-Living Smart-Living 7 years
The shredders pictured are sold by Staples and cost $100. Pretty steep for a shredder, but if it's out in the open and you're concerned about its appearance, it could be a good option. http://www.staples.com/Staples-9-Sheet-Color-Shredders/product_SS1046965?cmArea=SC3:CG868:CL158972
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 7 years
I bought one without a waste bin attached for $12 at Target. It's not as aesthetically appealing as the one in the picture but it does the job.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I'd also like to know where I could buy that shredder. We have a small waste basket by the front door. Junk mail doesn't make it any further than that. My parents have a shredder so I take it to their house once a week and it's getting to be a real hassle.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I'd also like to know where I could buy that shredder.We have a small waste basket by the front door. Junk mail doesn't make it any further than that. My parents have a shredder so I take it to their house once a week and it's getting to be a real hassle.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 7 years
I'm a bit compulsive about shredding. I shred junk mail right after I open it.
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