Although I know that shredding documents is an important step in protecting myself from identity theft, I admit that I didn’t have a shredder at my house until recently. When I was contacted by Swingline to try their new Stack and Shred paper shredder I started thinking about my personal shredding habits and why I might want to consider making a change, especially as a work-at-home mom.
Let’s look at the facts: During 2010, more than 11 million people were victims of identity theft in the US alone. Not only does it take time for an individual to sort out an identity theft mess, but it almost always costs money, too. It really does pay to shred your “sensitive documents.”
What documents should I shred?
It is good practice to shred documents that contain any of the following:
- Account numbers
- Social Security number
- Date of birth
Basically, you want to shred any document that contains information that identity thief could used to impersonate you. Other key documents to shred include credit card offers, old bank statements, old insurance and medical records, pay stubs, old tax records, etc. If you’re anything like me, that adds up to a ton of paper.
Stack and Shred from Swingline
I’m so glad to have received a Stack and Shred to test out and this is why…
Features and Benefits
- Load up to 100 sheets at once versus one sheet at a time
- Super quiet performance
- Automatic jam clearance
- Fits under the desk
- Shreds staples, paper clips, and credit cards, too
- Holds 7 gallons of shredded paper
You Can Win a Stack and Shred
Do you want to start shredding along with me?
To enter to win your own Swingline Stack and Shred paper shredder, simply leave a comment on this post.
Residents of the US and Canada are eligible to win. The contest will end on Friday June 24, and a winner will be announced on June 25. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for more information.
Disclosure: Swingline provided me with a review item and the prizing for this giveaway.