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I love spring and it’s definitely arrived here in Seattle! The last few days have been sunny and warm and that means the hubby has been out mending the winter damage to the garden and grass and I’m stuck inside working on my taxes. But spring also means a surge in home purchases and many of our friends have children who are purchasing their first home this year.

Housewarming Gifts

Housewarming gifts can be as simple as a plate of cookies or something more elaborate like a list of nearby restaurants and a gift card. But a meaningful and useful gift for any new home buyer would be a paper shredder. Why? Because it gives the gift of personal safety and makes identity theft just a little bit harder.

So many people are unaware that the “junk mail” they carelessly toss into their garbage so many times includes personal information. Think of the credit card and bank statements, leasing and loan documents, purchase and delivery contracts, and more that make their way into the trash flow. Once they leave your hands, you no longer have any control over what happens to that information. All a thief needs to do is pair it with easily purchased information online and they can accept your credit card offers and make purchases with the information on a credit card statement in minutes.

There are many ways to dispose of important papers but the most immediate and safest is with a good cross-cut shredder. We have two – one in the kitchen and the other in the garage – that way we have no excuse for being lazy and just tossing mail in the garbage. Both of them also shred plastic cards like debit and credit cards, as well as CDs and DVDs, so we can be sure that nothing sensitive ends up in the trash.

Fellowes M-12C Cross-Cut Shredder

[two_one_first]Both of our shredders are from Fellowes. The newest is the Fellowes M-12C shredder which has SafeSense Technology to keep curious little fingers from being harmed.  It’s a perfect shredder for a new homeowner because it’s got a small footprint, runs great, cross-shreds which is the best cut for a shred that can’t be put back together easily by thieves (a single sheet is cut up into about 302 pieces), cuts up to twelve sheets of standard copy paper at a time, and the best feature yet, you don’t have to remove staples and paper clips before shredding! That’s because it’s strong enough to shred them too, right along with the paper. I can’t tell you how many times our old shredder jammed when a missed paperclip or staple accidently went through. The Fellowes M-12C shredder is a household rated model so it can run up to 5 minutes at a time before requiring and automatic cool down – you can shred a lot of paper at 12 sheets at a time in five minutes. The pull-out bin holds up to 4-gallons of shredded paper and it cuts paper up to 9″ wide.
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The Fellowes M-12C Shredder can buy purchased nationwide at Target Stores and Target.com for the suggested retail price of $99.99.  Consider giving the gift of convenience and security when you look for a new home gift – it’s a gift they’ll use nearly every day for years!

Do you secure your identity by destroying your personal information?