Protect Your Identity & Clear the Paper Clutter with the Fellowes P-12C Paper Shredder! {Review & Giveaway!}

I don’t know about you, but one of my worst enemies is paper. It’s more of a love/hate relationship, actually. I love paper- blank paper can be turned into something creative, and there are so many other kinds of paper that are already very useful: coupons, pamphlets, catalogs, magazines, information, legal documents, bills, payments… you get the point. &Since I love paper so much, I tend to hang on to every.single.piece.

Some paper I keep because I am convinced I’ll read it later {Spoiler alert: I never do.} or because it’s something special to me, like notes Justin & I passed in high school or some of Shane’s first scribbles. But other papers- lots&lots of other papers- I keep around just because I’m afraid to throw them away.

Even though we pay all of our bills online, we still get statements for many accounts in the mail. &It seems like almost every day, I hear a story about someone who had their identity stolen. I know I can’t just tear my letters in half anymore, but I didn’t have a way to properly dispose of my documents that had this information on them, so I just had bags of paper sitting around, waiting to be addressed.

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When I was sent the Fellowes’ P-12C paper shredder, I finally tackled that paper clutter that was driving me completely insane. &It didn’t take long, because it can shred up to 12 pieces of paper at the same time. &It not only shreds the documents but completely destroys them but cross-cutting them, which makes me feel WAY safer.

Another thing that makes me feel safer is the SafeSense technology, which is what makes it immediately stop shredding as soon as a hand touches it. There’s also a lock feature on it, which is way too hard for Shane to unlock, and of course we keep it locked when we aren’t using it. But I love having that extra protection while it’s shredding as well, since sometimes Shane doesn’t listen when we say no, even when we’re right next to him.

The shredder has a 4-gallon bin so it holds a lot, yet it’s small enough to tuck nicely under a desk. It is perfect for our home office & it has been so helpful with keeping my paper clutter at bay!

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Fellowes has some great tips for you to help you keep your identity safe during tax time {Try not to panic, but that’s right now}:

Filing taxes online:

· Choose a tax filing service you are familiar with. The IRS provides a list of approved companies at www.irs.gov/efile.

·Make sure personal computers are protected with updated firewall and secure software systems, which contain antivirus and anti-spyware programs.

·If you are storing important tax-related documents on your computer, change your passwords frequently between December and April.

·Ensure that every website you are using during tax filing is encrypted to protect personal information when transmitted.

·Shred any backup documents once you’ve filed your taxes online with a Cross-Cut shredder like Fellowes’ P-12C.

Filing taxes by mail:

· Regularly check the mailbox for W-2 forms and other documents containing sensitive information that arrive by mail. If you don’t receive these documents by Feb. 15, contact the IRS for assistance at (800) 829-1040 as missing forms may be an indication that an identity thief went through your mail.

·Send completed tax returns from a locked mailbox or the post office. If mailing from home, do not put the mailbox flag up. This only alerts identity thieves that there may be an outgoing check in the mail.

·Make sure tax forms, backup documents and enclosed checks are not visible from the outside. Try wrapping your forms in an extra sheet of paper to disguise the contents of the envelope.

·Keep tax paperwork and other documents in a safe and accessible place, such as a fireproof box in your home.

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Convinced that you need a shredder yet?

Buy It: The Fellowes’ P-12C paper shredder can be purchased at Walmart, office supply stores & various online retailers for a suggested retail price of $89.99.

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Susie’s Note: I received this product in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

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Comments

  1. ky2here says

    The cross cutting feature makes me feel secure but the best security feature in our house is how our shredded documents go in the compost heap. I’m not overly concerned about identity theft. LOL

  2. Ann F says

    My favorite feature of the Fellowes Powershred PS-12Cs is that it is tough enough to cut through credit cards, paper clips, staples, and CDs

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  3. Margaret Smith says

    I like the tip about Keeping tax paperwork and other documents in a safe and accessible place, such as a fireproof box in your home. I just saw a show recently where some people had lost their old tax paperwork and were audited and it was a nightmare for them.
    Thanks so much.

  4. Jara Christensen says

  5. Lynda E says

    ·Ensure that every website you are using during tax filing is encrypted to protect personal information when transmitted – that’s a great idea.

  6. Monique Rizzo says

  7. Faride Hale says

    A tip would be to schedule your appointment as soon as you have all your necessary documents and organize them

  8. Charlotte Padgett says

    I sure would like to have a shredder, especially one that can cut through credit cards and has a large capacity.

  9. Kalani says

    I liked the- ‘change your password often between December & April’…makes sense.
    inalak at msn dot com

  10. Merilee Bizzozero says

    I like how it stops shredding when u touch it. I got a baby in the house. and it could be dangerous.

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  12. Christy says

    The tip that I like is to ensure that every website you are using during tax filing is encrypted to protect personal information when transmitted.

  13. Rebecca Orr says

    I liked the tip about mailing tax forms from the post office or a post box. I never thought about the fact that someone might steal them from my home mailbox.
    bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

  14. Jammie says

    My favorite tip is Send completed tax returns from a locked mailbox or the post office. and to NOT put the flag up if mailing from your home.

  15. Alisha L. says

    I really like the SafeSense Technology, I worry that having a shredder might be unsafe for our son, this would put my mind at ease.

    bakergurl02 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  16. says

    SafeSense technology, which is what makes it immediately stop shredding as soon as a hand touches it, is a WONDERFUL feature, especially when you’re in a hurry to get your taxes together.

  17. Rebecca Peters says

    my favorite tip is :
    ·If you are storing important tax-related documents on your computer, change your passwords frequently between December and April.

  18. kathy pease says

    my favorite tip is Keep tax paperwork and other documents in a safe and accessible place, such as a fireproof box in your home.

  19. tallcapp says

    The best thing is that it can shred 12 pieces of paper (the one I have now can do around 4), thus cutting shredding time by 2/3 rd’s the time.

  20. Debbie Hogue says

    I like the lock feature to keep small hands from getting hurt if they were to get too close to the shredder

  21. Tim Moss says

    Keep tax paperwork and other documents in a safe and accessible place, such as a fireproof box in your home.

  22. tina reynolds says

  23. Barbara Hunt says

  24. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says

    My favorite tip from above is to make sure your firewall is updated and your computer is protected.

  25. Tim says

    My favorite tip is “Send completed tax returns from a locked mailbox or the post office. If mailing from home, do not put the mailbox flag up. This only alerts identity thieves that there may be an outgoing check in the mail.”.

  26. Hero says

    I’ve always wanted a paper shredder–even though paper is not my enemy. [Some of my best friends are paper.]

  27. shirley pebbles says

    I like the cross cutting feature so people can’t tape it back together.

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