Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Economics > Frugal Living
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 05-06-2013, 03:37 AM
 
Location: Central Indiana/Indy metro area
1,712 posts, read 3,076,178 times
Reputation: 1824

Advertisements

If you buy a paper shredder, just make sure it is a confetti cross-cut kind. The smaller the pieces the better. I have a small one for personal use, but had a bankers box of documents I didn't want to take the time to hand shred. I took it to a local place for their industrial shredder. I was shocked how they "shred" the documents. The are using a straight cut machine and it cuts 3/4ths inch in width. Granted, there was a huge, huge pile of 11" long 3/4ths" pieces of paper, but still, it would be the easiest puzzle to put back together. I have another bankers box full of stuff. Not sure if I will use my small shredder or burn it when I burn my limbs this fall.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 05-06-2013, 07:53 AM
 
Location: MO->MI->CA->TX->MA
7,032 posts, read 14,476,279 times
Reputation: 5580
Why not just buy a cheap used one from Goodwill?

Or if you don't want to take up space, then rip them up and throw away the remains distributed in multiple waste baskets.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-06-2013, 10:29 AM
 
2,135 posts, read 4,272,250 times
Reputation: 1688
Quote:
Originally Posted by CptnRn View Post
That is illegal in my community.



Tearing or cutting by hand is very tedious if you have very much to do. I end up with a couple of wastebaskets full each year.



I have owned two paper shredders, both broke down after a short period of time, they were a waste of money for me.



Any shreeder you can buy for $12.97 isn't going to last very long.

There is no reason this will clog up a washing machine if you tie the pillowcase closed securely.
Maybe your just unlucky. We bought one of those paper shredder heads for around that price. We use it weekly and it has worked for over 1.5 years easily.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-06-2013, 03:40 PM
 
10,113 posts, read 19,396,101 times
Reputation: 17444
Oh, come on!

How much does a paper shredder cost?

Or, if you have small kids, let them scribble all over the papers, then tear them up---yippee!!!

Or, well.....remember what they used the Sears catalog for? Just hand those papers in the bathroom, now you've saved the cost of a shredder and TP!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-11-2013, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
41,948 posts, read 75,153,734 times
Reputation: 66884
Shredders are inexpensive; I've had mine for more than 10 years.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-13-2013, 01:37 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
2,279 posts, read 4,742,551 times
Reputation: 4026
Paper shredders aren't that expensive, these days. Why risk ruining your clothes or your washing machine?

And even if you did have to spend $25-50 on a household/personal use paper shredder, that's a bargain compared to the hassle and negative impact that identity theft can cause.

However, if buying a paper shredder absolutely isn't an option, and you don't have a goat or kitten handy, you could just soak the papers in water overnight.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-13-2013, 01:55 PM
 
Location: NJ
31,771 posts, read 40,677,303 times
Reputation: 24590
Quote:
Originally Posted by CptnRn View Post
That is illegal in my community.


Tearing or cutting by hand is very tedious if you have very much to do. I end up with a couple of wastebaskets full each year.


I have owned two paper shredders, both broke down after a short period of time, they were a waste of money for me.

Any shreeder you can buy for $12.97 isn't going to last very long.

There is no reason this will clog up a washing machine if you tie the pillowcase closed securely.
i was wondering if you had come back to this thread and replied. i was expecting something like "i just thought it was an interesting idea but i understand its probably not a good idea." but instead you seem to be sticking to your guns. well, good for you for standing by your original statement! still, i think this is one of the most ridiculous suggestions for being frugal ive ever seen.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-18-2013, 01:35 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
10,350 posts, read 13,928,406 times
Reputation: 18267
You can rip it in small pieces for free.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-18-2013, 04:07 PM
 
15,638 posts, read 26,245,163 times
Reputation: 30932
Quote:
Originally Posted by WyoEagle View Post
You can rip it in small pieces for free.
My hands can't do that anymore -- but I got scissors and they can!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-18-2013, 06:21 PM
 
4,676 posts, read 9,988,031 times
Reputation: 4908
Get box, dump in paper... add my cat, Charcoal, ......wait 5 minutes.

Paper will be shredded to bits.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Economics > Frugal Living
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:54 AM.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top