Home paper shredders - use one or not?

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    Mar 31, 2012 10:03 PM GMT
    I got a nearly new one today at a yard sale for $5.00 USD. The seller said it had been working fine and then stopped. I peeked inside and was sure the problem was a paper jam, and decided to take a chance.

    Sure enough, back home I unclogged the jam and it's working like a charm. Even has special slots for credit cards and CD/DVDs.

    So among the things I've been shredding are the piles of debit card receipts I collect daily at restaurants and bars, things I can't leave at the merchant, and always feel uneasy about throwing into my home trash. Once the charge appears online in my bank account correctly I see no reason to retain them past the beginning of my next statement period. Along with shredding assorted documents and reports with financial and other personal information, that either aren't important enough to keep for my records, or else are filed items that have expired.

    So I've been having a shredding party, and already filled up the bin. Any of you shred your stuff? Think it a good idea or a waste of time?
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    Mar 31, 2012 10:11 PM GMT
    I shred scrap paper, making it more convenient for use in starting my wood stove. I'll probably accumulate a bit over the summer from not heating for several months.
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    Mar 31, 2012 10:18 PM GMT
    intentsman saidI shred scrap paper, making it more convenient for use in starting my wood stove. I'll probably accumulate a bit over the summer from not heating for several months.

    OIC. In this small condo we don't have a fireplace, especially in Florida, so my options are trash or recycling. If I did have a way to burn the shreds myself I would.

    Incidentally, I once saw a story about a guy who subscribed to every kind of mailed free catalog and flyer he could. His mailbox was packed daily. He rolled the paper into logs he burned in a high-efficiency stove to heat his house.
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    Mar 31, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    I have a shredder at home that I haven't used in a long time. I used to shred bank statements (though I get those electronically now) and bills, but I stopped. It felt like a chore and the risk of someone going through my garbage is minimal.
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    Mar 31, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    I shred anything with personal information on it. My shredder also does credit cards and CDs. I definitely think people should shred anything that could be used to steal their identity or other personal information.

    I also have a "file shredder" installed on my laptop. I "shred" any sensitive files that I want to delete so that if my laptop is stolen or hacked, no one can recover those files.

    I'm probably over-protective, but I've worked at jobs where this level of security is required. I don't think twice about doing the same thing at home.
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    Mar 31, 2012 11:36 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidHere in the bunker, shredders are abundant.

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    When you are in your bunker trembling in fear that the kenyan socialists are coming to get you, are you safe from mindcontrol brainwaves? In other words, does your "safe room" have a lead ceiling?
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    Apr 01, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    intentsman saidWhen you are in your bunker trembling in fear that the kenyan socialists are coming to get you, are you safe from mindcontrol brainwaves? In other words, does your "safe room" have a lead ceiling?

    More than likely the standard right-wing-issue tinfoil hat suffices:

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    Apr 01, 2012 12:59 AM GMT
    i'm planning on getting one but the only brand of shredder i will consider is a Fellowes cross-cut.

    Other companies make cross-cut shredders but a peek inside at the cutting mechanisms will reveal incredibly inferior stamped disks mounted on a rod. These jam almost instantaneously if you put more than two sheets of paper in at once because the cuttings get wedged between the cutting disks and clog the machine.

    Fellowes roll cutters are machined sort of like a camshaft or crankshaft in a car from a single piece of steel. They rarely clog and if they do its because the user has asked the machine to do something it simply cannot. Their warranties are also ironclad.
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    Apr 01, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
    +1 on cross cut.

    Its worth it to not have to worry about it.

    Was asked to provide a copy of my utility bill to open a local credit union account to prove my home address. I am confident it takes a fake drivers license to go all the way. But, it sure motivated me to shred more...and go paperless for all utilities having that option.
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    Apr 01, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    I shred anything with my name or more on it. Definitely bank statements and bills.

    Better safe than sorry.

    I also started putting the shredded paper in my compost box. It's supposed to break down, but we will see!
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    Apr 01, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI got a nearly new one today at a yard sale for $5.00 USD. The seller said it had been working fine and then stopped. I peeked inside and was sure the problem was a paper jam, and decided to take a chance.

    Sure enough, back home I unclogged the jam and it's working like a charm. Even has special slots for credit cards and CD/DVDs.

    So among the things I've been shredding are the piles of debit card receipts I collect daily at restaurants and bars, things I can't leave at the merchant, and always feel uneasy about throwing into my home trash. Once the charge appears online in my bank account correctly I see no reason to retain them past the beginning of my next statement period. Along with shredding assorted documents and reports with financial and other personal information, that either aren't important enough to keep for my records, or else are filed items that have expired.

    So I've been having a shredding party, and already filled up the bin. Any of you shred your stuff? Think it a good idea or a waste of time?


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    Apr 02, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    Honestly you have to be completely stupid not to use a cross-cut shredder for you personal mail, recpts, and document disposal.
    Seriously...are people really that moronic not too? icon_eek.gif

    Doesn't matter if you are poor even. They can have good standing credit ratings that can be wiped out from people who go through trash. Everyone is at risk.

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    Apr 02, 2012 1:15 PM GMT
    Used to shred, Now Just burn it all( save it till a bankers box is full and then get my inner pyro onnnnnnnn)icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 02, 2012 2:10 PM GMT
    Well thanks for the replies, which seem to endorse shredding. I wasn't sure what people did nowadays, and I've never had a personal shredder before.

    Odd, because in the US Army we shredded a great deal, and the really sensitive stuff went into the "burn barrel." Which was logged with a signature.

    Yet despite all the recent furor over identity theft I hadn't yet gotten a shredder, though been thinking about one. Then this one fell into my lap for $5. Thanks for confirming my decision. Not a cross-cut, so that'll be next. You guys give awesome advice. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 02, 2012 2:17 PM GMT
    I have one....but if you have a lot of shredding, most municipalities have free shredding services.

    Here in Fort Lauderdale, Broward county has a shredding party once a month on Saturdays. You can bring 5 bankers boxes full of stuff. There are also industrial shedding services where you can bring a truckload of boxes and watch them being shredded. That costs about $5/box. Or they even come to your home or business.

    With identity theft and privacy policies, a shredder is your friend. However...it is possible for the shredder to cut in a way to leave a SS number still intact on a cross cut paper.

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    Apr 02, 2012 2:19 PM GMT
    I shred all the important stuff.
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    Apr 02, 2012 3:05 PM GMT
    Most customer copies of restaurant and other receipts no longer contain your whole credit card number. I am not sure how useful they would be to an identity thief or fraudster... what happens to the restaurant's copies -- with your signature and the full number on them -- is a greater concern.

    We shred stuff but have also managed to convince many merchants not to send us paper copies at all. I have also had my name removed from most mailing lists and pre-approved offers to reduce the volume of risky/annoying paper with our information on it.

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