To shred or not to shred?! {#IDSafetySeason}

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To shred or not to shred?!

It would seem like the easiest and less cumbersome route would be not to shred…

at least till you take a look at the alarming statistics shared by the US Department of Justice, early last year (2013).

Source: Statistic Brain

Source: Statistic Brain

Mashable shared, in an article last year, that 64% of Americans were actually worried about identity theft and fraud


Source: Mashable

But ironically, one way of avoiding becoming a victim is yet to be taken seriously…


Source: Mashable

shredding any paper documents that have one’s name, personal information and sensitive details on the same!


I admit that it’s a cumbersome task to shred any and every paper document that has your information on it.

And at times, because of busy schedules, paper does pile up.

But be diligent to stand your ground (like my husband) and refuse to throw out anything that has potential to be misused, when in the wrong hands, till it is shredded.

It’s always, always, always, better to be safe than sorry.


If you haven’t already invested in a shredder, consider these aspects while “identity protection” shopping!


Considering this, Fellowes has several home office sized shredder choices that can help.

Now while I can’t vouch for all the shredders featured, based on experience, I can vouch that our Fellowes P-12C Cross Cut Shredder is an effective and efficient home office shredder to consider.

It has been two months since we have begun using the same and  its performance and functioning has been great.


I have to admit that my husband loves the fact that this shreds 12 sheets at a time, this Mama’s favorite feature will always be the Safe Sense alert, considering my little man loves helping Dad work on the shredding.

I would love to know…

If shredding is part of your routine already or it’s something you need to begin doing?

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Marina is the grateful, Texas-based, Mommy of a book-loving, 8 year old daughter, a 4 year old son who loves all things that fly and a serene 6 month old daughter. Her husband (and best friend) is her biggest support as she shares snippets from the awesome life God has blessed them with on Mommy Snippets.

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  1. 1
    Dianna Thomas says:

    Oh my gosh– this is some high numbers– It thats me about 2 days a year to shred 95% of the things that come in the mail -what waste of mail but it is so important that no one can steel our id. There just so much of that– never like before that you just didn’t worry much about this. This topic needs to be a reminder to all–thank you

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    Oh wow! Really makes you think! We do shred alot of ours …anything with names or addresses…bills…that kind of stuff. But…my shredder is older and not that good…would like to get a newer one that shreds it better! Will have to look into those!

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    I really need to get a shredder at home. I work in finance, so my work policy is to shred almost everything there – I should have the same policy at home!

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    Julie Wood says:

    I shred everything that has my name and address on it because I am not going to be a victim of Identity theft. It is so important to make sure to take my name off of everything. Even shipping labels.

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