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Make 2013 the Year to Shred


It’s 2013, a fresh start to a New Year. Have you started shredding yet?

Not shedding in pounds, as so many make the resolution to do. But SHREDDING. You know, obliterating your personal information, from the leering eyes and hands of others? Maybe with a Fellowes PowerShred Shredder.

Protecting myself and my family from identity theft is a smart move, one of the best things I starting doing last year. Yet, it’s one of those things maybe not realized until it happens to you {knock on wood it doesn’t}. Over the holidays I spoke with many people who’ve experienced identity theft first hand. It’s a scary situation, yet one that can be prevented.

So, What do you need to shred to protect yourself?

According to Sylvain Patry, senior vice president of and identity theft expert, “shredding documents isn’t just for businesses and people with something to hide. Canadian households are full of documents that contain potentially compromising information.”

Top 10 documents you must shred at Home or at the Office

  1. Monthly Credit Card Statements
  2. Employment Paystubs – If you receive pay stubs on a weekly basis or otherwise, you should keep them only until you receive your annual wage and tax statement.
  3. Personal Income Tax Reports – You should hold onto these (in a safe place) for five years. However, after five years, it is important that they be shredded.
  4. Monthly Utility Bills – This includes anything from hydro bills to cable bills.
  5. Spam Mail – Any document you receive by regular mail, including sign-up forms for a new credit card, a magazine subscription, or any other document that contains your personal information, such as your name, home address, phone number, etc.
  6. Federal, Provincial or Municipal Government Documents – Examples of this would be your health card, driver’s licence or passport renewal notices, or even a confirmation letter of your children’s school registration for the new school year.
  7. Express Mail Documents – Generally invoices or a confirmation of delivery that accompany a letter or package that was delivered to you by UPS, FedEx, or Canada Post Express – even the labels on delivery boxes or envelopes.
  8. Membership Notices – If you are a member of any organization, such as a tennis club, fitness club, library, etc., be sure to shred all membership renewal notices and documents accompanying the delivery of membership cards, credit cards, store cards, etc.
  9. Banking Documents – This includes bank account statements, used bank account booklets, old unused checks, etc…
  10. Miscellaneous Documents – Any other documents you receive or possess that contain usernames and passwords.

I use, and use often, the Fellowes Powershred P-12C Shredder in my home. For personal use and our home businesses, I have made it my mission to destroy all documents with our personal information.

You can read my review of this Fellowes shredder at the link in the above paragraph, but to summarize, here are the features:

fellowes-shredder-giveawayIn addition to paper, this powerful shredder can handle credit cards, junk mail, staples and paper clips. It can shred up to 12 sheets of paper per pass, and it includes a four-gallon bin. Patented SafeSense technology stops shredding when a hand touches the paper opening.

  • Features 4-gallon, pull-out bin
  • Cutting Type: Cross-Cut
  • Sheets Per Pass: 12.0
  • Features: SafeSense Technology
  • Dimensions: 16.0 ” H x 8.75 ” W x 17.0 ” D
  • Compact design fits neatly under desks
  • Shreds 12 sheets per pass into 5/32×2″ crosscut particles (Security Level 3)
  • Patented SafeSense Technology stops shredding when hands touch the paper opening

So, is 2013 the year to start shredding and thus, protecting what’s yours? One lucky Canadian is going to win a Fellowes Powershred P-12C Shredder, which is available at Walmart for an ARV of $80 usd.

To Enter, Fill in the form below with your qualifying entries. Good Luck!!



Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.



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  1. I have a bag full of papers I need shredded or burned ! so this would be super to win thanks

  2. Fellowes website is sooo slow and their main website page is not loading, I went through their facebook page to see of other products that I would like, they offer such a great array of organization, office ergonomics, cutting and laminating devices, I think my favourite that I seen would be the foot rest they make. thank you for the giveaway, I too have papers needing to be shredded

  3. I can’t pick they have binding machines, laminators and air purifiers All would a great addition to an office besides the shredder. I think the air purifier would be my top choice after the shredder.

  4. I would love a Plasma 180 Paper Cutter. I wish they had a 3-hole puncher but I could not find one!

  5. I like the AP-300PH Air Purifier. I have allergies and asthma so it would be perfect for me, lol.

  6. I think it would be great to have the Powertrim Electric Paper Rotary Trimmer to help cut all those coupons.

  7. I would love to have the Fellowes Climate Controlled Foot Rest. That would be great!

  8. I would like the Electron™ 180 Rotary Trimmer. It would make it easy to cut paper for cards and tags.

  9. laminating machine but they dont seem to have the really big ones that the schools use. When I volunteered in the elementary school, we’d trace characters, color them in with pastels, and then spend a day just laminating these huge bristol board things…was a lot of fun LOL

  10. I think the Compact Keyboard Tray is pretty nice because its got a slot for a left or right handed mouse(I’m right, my husband is left)and this is good for the desktop we sometimes share. I also like that it has a wrist guard for both keyboard and mouse. Very nice. I love this shredder! I’ve never owned a shredder but I imagine they are very handy. I should own one because I have a lot of papers in a big tote that I don’t just want to toss away but no longer need. Thank you for this giveaway!

  11. The air purifier would be so nice to have in my little apartment. Thank you for the opportunity!

  12. I would love to have one of their Cosmic™2 125 Laminator for home use! So much fun.

  13. I like the AP-300PH Air Purifier, we just brought home a puppy so would help with dander

  14. Another product I’d love to have is the AP-230PH Air Purifier, just to remove pollutants from the air in my home – windows open most of the time and I live in the city.

  15. I would love to win this so I can shred stuff! I would like to have the AP-300PH Air Purifier

  16. I haven’t seen a paper shredder in a long time. Last time I used one, I am sure they weren’t equipped to handle staples or paper clips. Shredding is a great idea. Thanks for the review!

  17. the AP-300PH Air Purifier would be great as we all suffer from allergies on our house and any relief from that is great

  18. oops-never mind–i can’t join the contest..not from canada:( so, please delete my entry:(

  19. I like laminator , cutters, and air purifiers. Would love to win a shredder!! have all this personal paperwork and do not want throw it in the garbage with destroying it!!!

  20. I really like the Thermal Binding machines! It would be perfect for making books out of all the artwork DD6 brings home from school.

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  22. I like the air purifiers, it would help my families allergy problems quite a lot.

  23. I think………so much to choose from…….I guess I would choose the laminater. But then I’m not sure…how do you make a decision!

  24. Tammi, I plan on purchasing a laminating machine and Fellowes Cosmic Laminator woudl be perfect. I always go to Fellowes for any office type product. I do have a shredder but it is old…not a cross shredder. I find that I can still read pieces of personal documents that I try to shred. A cross shredder would be a plus in my home. Thanks for another great contest!

  25. I plan on purchasing a laminating machine and Fellowes Cosmic Laminator woudl be perfect. I always go to Fellowes for any office type product. I do have a shredder but it is old…not a cross shredder. I find that I can still read pieces of personal documents that I try to shred. Thank you so much for another great contest!

  26. One of their labellers would be perfect for my wife – she could use it, she likes to organize.

  27. I’d like to have a paper cutter, it would help when I’m making homemade cards.

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