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Best way to "shred" a CC?

I haven't had CCs for so long, this wasn't an issue. I used to just cut them in half and throw them away. But now, with so much CC fraud, identity theft, and internet sales (so the physical card isn't even needed!), I am not sure the best way to destroy a CC. It's actually an expired debit card that I have to toss, but same principle applies.

 

BTW, I know people talk about shredding them, but my shredder couldn't shred a CC -- only paper. So I figured that's just a figure of speech. :smileytongue:

 

Thanks! :smileyhappy:

 

 

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Re: Best way to "shred" a CC?

I shred them in my shredder :smileywink: It's a crappy $25 shredder I bought from Amazon, but it'll chew threw credit cards or a couple of pieces of paper at a time.

Realistically, you could just cut the card with scissors and throw the pieces in two separate trash cans. Or if you have a fire place, burn it. The magnetic strip and embossed card number regions are the only important ones anyway, you could cut those from the card, toss the rest of the plastic, and then destroy those two sections as you see fit.

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bichonmom wrote:

I haven't had CCs for so long, this wasn't an issue. I used to just cut them in half and throw them away. But now, with so much CC fraud, identity theft, and internet sales (so the physical card isn't even needed!), I am not sure the best way to destroy a CC. It's actually an expired debit card that I have to toss, but same principle applies.

 

BTW, I know people talk about shredding them, but my shredder couldn't shred a CC -- only paper. So I figured that's just a figure of speech. :smileytongue:

 

Thanks! :smileyhappy:

 

 


My old shredder won't work on CC's either so I go low tech with a pair of scissors. I cut the card into 5 equal pieces. I put piece #1, #3, and #5 in the trash that day. In a week or so I will throw away piece #2 and #4. That way the separate pieces can never be put together.

 

This works for me so I'm happy with it. I can't see buying a new shredder just for CC's.

 

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I remember one time I was up in the mountains with a friend during a nice snowstorm.  We decided we'd try to play survivor men and tried starting a fire with various things on our body.  Turns out the debit card made the best starter.  Better than the wet twigs and sock!

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Thanks, everyone! I think I'll do what MV said. It's kind of silly to have to wait a week in between throwing it away, but better safe than sorry! Tomorrow's trash day, so I'm headed out to the garbage. :smileywink:

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I cut down the numbers, then throw one half in one trash can, and one half in either another totally seperate one, or down the toilet, so the whole card cannot be put back together.

 

 

Yay ingenuity! 

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I just cut my CCs up into a lot of small pieces. No shredder necessary. :smileyhappy:


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Linuss wrote:

..... down the toilet    ....

 

 

Yay ingenuity! 



Bad Idea!   Some risk of causing a clog.  

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Great idea for an invention:  a miniature paper-cutter, designed just for credit cards, with multiple blades that go down and slice the CC into small 1/4" slices. :smileyhappy:

 

 

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bichonmom wrote:

Thanks, everyone! I think I'll do what MV said. It's kind of silly to have to wait a week in between throwing it away, but better safe than sorry! Tomorrow's trash day, so I'm headed out to the garbage. :smileywink:


I said a week but in truth around my house the trash has to be taken out much more frequently than once a week.  :smileyhappy:

 

Another thing I do sometimes is toss several of the pieces in the bottom of my shredder. It's usually several weeks before I empty that out so that's a safe solution also IMO.

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