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Save money and stay out of debt with the advice in this Howcast video series about credit and credit cards.
You Will Need
- A magnet
- A hammer
- Several trash cans
- A cross-cutting shredder (optional)
Demagnetize the magnetic strip
Run a magnet along the card's magnetic strip to demagnetize it and remove the information it holds.
Cut up the numbers
Slice each four-digit set of numbers into at least two pieces.
Finish the cutting job
Ensure that the signature, magnetic strip, and CVV number – the three-digit code on the back – have all been cut into small pieces.
Destroy the chip
Destroy the credit card chip by cutting it up or smashing it with a hammer.
Spread out the pieces
Deposit the pieces of your credit card in different trash cans around your house so that they end up in different garbage bags.