Use a box specifically for these receipts and other paperwork that needs to be securely disposed of. Once you no longer need to hang onto the receipts--for example, when you’ve checked the receipts against your monthly statement--you can start the disposal process.
Plug in your paper shredder. There are different kinds of shredders. The ones that shred paper into confetti are the best for preventing identity theft, according to Identity Theft Fixes. Any shredder, however, is better than none at all. If you don’t own a shredder yet, use scissors to cut up the areas with the card numbers--although this takes a long time.
Place the shredded receipts in a garbage bag with other household garbage. If you used scissors or a shredder that simply cuts lengthwise and you want extra protection, put the paper in with old food scraps (which will rot and deter criminals from making that extra effort to retrieve the paper) or used cat litter.
Things You Will Need
- Paper shredder
- Garbage bag
- If you go camping a lot, you can also dispose of the receipts by using them as fire starter for your campfire.