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To get the most for your money, you need to know two things: when the good stuff is worth paying extra for and when the economy choice is plenty good enough.

Staples 10-sheet safety handle crosscut shredder | $100
Shredder
Staples 10-sheet safety handle crosscut shredder | $100
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You can find a shredder for as little as $20, but if you skimp that much, the motor will probably burn out on you.

While you don't need the deluxe Enron evidence grinder, focus on the $100 mark to ensure reliable shredding for years.

This Staples model delivers all the necessities: crosscut capability (meaning it makes confetti rather than strips), 10-sheet capacity (for those unopened credit-card offers) and the ability to cut credit cards and CDs.

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