You know you have made a good start in your secure clean-up of your old Financial Records! Maybe it is time to get a new Shredder, though.
This weekend, I attempted to find the desktop that my computer sits on and the floor in the room where I do most of our finance work. This is where I write these articles. Most of this clutter is old bills and old financial statements. Some of the chaos is pictures and other things I am unsure what to do with. I started using my shredder to dispose of these old records. Remember never to throw out old bills, which can easily be used for identity theft.
I view as “old” anything before 5 years ago (except for anything to do with my taxes, which I keep forever right now). I shredded old chequebooks from old bank accounts (closed ones), old hydro bills, bank statements, etc. It felt very satisfying.
The shredder did an excellent job until it stopped, and I noticed a flashing light on the top (a flashing RED light), which I had never looked at, in fact, I had “overheated” my shredder, and it needed to cool off before I did any more work with it. Knowing I had disposed of that much financial stuff gave me a feeling of joy.
I could try to buy a higher-capacity shredder or find a place that does secure shredding so I don’t burn out my shredder. The other idea would be to use the shredders at work.
Does anybody else have any exciting shredder stories? No ties in the shredder stories, please.