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.

Win It: One lucky {Not Quite} Susie Homemaker reader is about to win one! Just enter using the super simple Rafflecopter form below- Good luck!

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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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  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. I had my bank account stolen at the beginning of the year. I’d love to have one of these to try and protect myself.
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  3. So, I hit enter too soon. The cross cutting feature is my favorite part.

  4. john hutchens says:

    I like that it can shred 12 pages at one time

  5. Need help with all the papers.

  6. 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

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  7. 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.

  8. Jaque Richards says:

    My favorite feature is the Safe Sense Technology…I’m a klutz. :-) Thank you.

  9. My favorite tax tip is below…

    Make sure personal computers are protected with updated firewall and secure software systems, which contain antivirus and anti-spyware programs
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  10. Leanne M says:

    I like the 4 gallon bin

  11. Cynthia C says:

    I like the cross-cut feature.

  12. Tari Lawson says:

    I like the Criss-Cross cutting.

  13. EMMA L HORTON says:

    CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD FREQUENTLY

  14. Jara Christensen says:
  15. I love how light it is and the size – it’s perfect for next to my desk!

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

  17. i like that it stops shredding when a hand touches it. very safe!

  18. Monique Rizzo says:
  19. I like the 4 gallon bin.

  20. I like that it cross cuts.

  21. Rebecca Graham says:

    I like the 4 gallon bin on the shredder.

  22. Faride Hale says:

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

  23. Love the huge bin

  24. mickeyfan says:

    12 pages at a time? That would be amazing.

  25. Theron Willis says:

    I like the four gallon bin capacity.

  26. I like that it can shred 12 pieces of paper at once.

  27. you can shred 12 pieces of paper at a time

  28. laurie damrose says:

    I like the touch smart feature,the feature where it stops when a hand comes near it.

  29. I really need a shredder. I’m tired of doing it old school

  30. Charlotte Padgett says:

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

  31. Denise B. says:

    My favorite feature is how it will stop shredding as soon as a finger touches it.

  32. I like that it crosscuts for added security
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  33. I liked the- ‘change your password often between December & April’…makes sense.
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  34. Laura Jacobson says:

    I love the lock feature, just to make double sure the little ones dont get into it.

  35. Lauren Garrett says:

    I like that it shreds 12 pieces at once!!

  36. I like that it can shred up to 12 pieces of paper at the same time.
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  37. I like that it has a large bin, my current shredder has a teeny one. It barely holds a shredded envelope.
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  38. My favorite feature is definitely the SafeSense technology.

  39. brandy g. says:

    I like that it can shred 12 pages at one time

  40. 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.

  41. susan varney says:
  42. 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.

  43. Pamela James says:

    I like the tip about not putting the flag up on the mailbox.

  44. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    I like that is shreds credit cards

  45. Jessica B says:

    You can do 12 pages at a time.

  46. 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.
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  47. I like the hand sense technology
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  48. I love that it locks up so the kids can’t get hurt

  49. Angela H says:

    I love that is has SafeSense technology.

  50. Desiree Dunbar says:

    I like the fact that it can shred 12 pieces of paper.

  51. Daniel M says:

    crosscut and safesense

  52. Loves that it can shred up to 12 sheets of paper

  53. My favorite tip is:
    Ensure that every website you are using during tax filing is encrypted to protect personal information when transmitted.
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  54. 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.

  55. 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.

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  56. 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.

  57. I like the 4 gallon bin.

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  58. 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.

  59. I like the safe sense techonology.

  60. 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.

  61. I like that it can shred up to 12 pieces of paper at a time.

  62. 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.

  63. I love that it protects my fingertips

  64. I like the cross cutting and the safesense

  65. Tam S rafflecopter-
    I like that it can accommodate 12 sheets and cross cuts them!

  66. Jody Sisson says:

    I like that you can shred 12 pages at a time.

  67. Douglas Houston says:

    I like that it’s a cross-cut shredder

  68. Angela Winesburg says:

    I like that it can shred 12 pages at one time

  69. 12 pieces of paper at a time seems like it would get the job done fast

  70. i love the fact that you can do 12 sheets of paper at a time……

  71. 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

  72. I like that it cross cuts.

  73. Kimberly M. says:

    I like that it can shred 12 pages at a time then I can get the shredding over with quicker.

  74. I like the cross cutting feature. My boyfriend says cross cut shredding is the only way to be safe.

  75. I love that it can shred up to 12 sheets of paper at a time

  76. I need a paper shredder.
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  77. It can shred multiple sheets of paper at a time. Shredded paper makes great garden mulch.
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  78. Tim Moss says:

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

  79. I like that it has a 4 gallon bin. Thanks for the giveaway.

  80. norleans says:

    Shredding up to 12 pages at a time ain’t bad!

  81. tina reynolds says:
  82. amy deeter says:

    i really like the 4 gallon bin
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  83. I like the size – shreds & holds a decent amt without taking up tons of space.
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  84. My favorite feature is the four-gallon bin.
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  85. ReggieMann says:

    My favorite feature is the SafeSense technology
    p.s. – love the font you are using! :)

  86. Barbara Hunt says:
  87. Kendra Gillilan says:

    the lock feature is handy
    !

  88. ewhatley says:

    love that it shreds 12 pages at once

  89. Vicki D. says:

    It not only shred the paper, but cross cuts them as well. That’s really a great feature.

  90. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

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

  91. like the safe sense technology.

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  92. 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.”.

  93. carol lewis says:

    Since it can handle up to twelve pages each time that is greaT!

  94. Kathleen Conner says:

    I love that it can shred 12 pages at a time.

  95. Michelle H. says:

    I love how it stops if a hand touches it.

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

  97. I like that it has a 4 gallon bin.
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  98. Beverly M says:

    Nice shredder! I like that it can shred 12 pages at one time. Thanks for the contest!

  99. shirley pebbles says:

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

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  100. spirit_kim says:

    The best feature to me is the cross cut shredding!

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