If you have a bag of old checks, credit card statements, tax returns, or other private documents hanging around, good news: Staples stores are offering five pounds of free shredding. Just bring your bag or box to any Staples store to have it securely shredded.
As you prepare to complete your 2011 IRS tax filing, keep in mind that all back-up material from tax files can usually be safely shredded after seven years. (Check with your tax adviser to be sure about your specific situation.) If you have old documents taking up space in your files and your life, take advantage of Staples’ offer.
If you have more than five pounds of paper, Staples will take the excess for a (very reasonable) 79 cents a pound. It’s a good chance to try out the service at your local Staples, and free up some space in your files.
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