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Be Inspired to Shred Your Credit Cards (Videos)

…and pay off the debt that comes with it.

Getting rid of credit cards is at the top of the most common financial new year’s resolutions this year. In honor of the Shred Your Credit Card contest, here is a few home videos that will get your creative juices going to finally make it happen.

So here are the videos, sorted by number of views:

Will It Blend? – Credit Cards – 972,733 views
The Blendtec guy sets off to blend his and his wife’s 24 credit cards. Really? 24?!?! Wow guys… no wonder you were in debt.

Cut up your credit card the right way – 130,696 views
Cynthia Drake from CreditCards.com shows us how to avoid identity theft when disposing of a credit card. Look at those tiny pieces of credit card!

Credit Card Blow Up – 14,793 views
This credit card wouldn’t die, even after an explosion and follow-up firecrackers.

Microwaving My Credit Card – 9,001 views
Not sure the toxic fumes from burning your credit card are any healthy, but at least Debtkid accomplished his goal.

Priceless Plasectomy – 7,966 views
Wait a second. There is a Star Wars credit card with Yoda on it?

6 Insane Ways to Destroy Your Credit Card – 6,601 views
From the Money.co.uk team, here are 6 crazy ways to get rid of that credit card. I guess the English accent makes the “insane” part seem a bit more civilized.

The Tennessee Credit Card Massacre – 5,378 views
Viewer discretion is advised. The whole time I was afraid this guy was going to chop off his fingers.

Huntin’ Plastic – 3,993 views
Check this guy out hunting this not-so-unique “specimen”.

Explode-a-Debt! Debt Reduction System – 3,416 views
If only debt reduction were this easy.

How To Properly Destroy a Credit Card – 2,910 views
From the guys at Howcast.com.

Credit Card Destroyer – 1,838
No sound? Well, the bow & arrow idea can only be pulled off by a professional archer.

Plasectomy done PSYCHO STYLE!!!! – 1,478 views
Kinda scary, this one. The blood looks more orange than red, no?

Dave Ramsey LASER Plasectomy LaserScribe – 540 views
Is this the same technology they use in eye laser correction? If so, I’m now convinced contact lenses is the only option for me ;-).

Destroy Your Credit Cards! – 465 views
The chip in the American Express Blue credit card makes for a visually stunning display in the microwave.

Burn that Credit Card – 336 views
With a blowtorch? Brilliant!

I’m Shredding my Bank of America Visa Credit Card!!! – 124 views
…with a belt sander (wow!)

Hope you got inspired, and you’re looking around for your camera to do your own and enter the ShredYourCreditCard.com contest.

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Image courtesy of David Huang.

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Comments (10)

  1. Łeba:

    Hi, nice videos. I wish I had the balls to do it. cheers.

    December 29th, 2010 at 6:25 am

  2. Luecht:

    Check out this video from Shania Twain about spending more than you
    have and getting into credit card debt: excerpts from her lyrics:
    “We live in a greedy little world– that teaches every little boy
    and girl To earn as much as they can possibly– then turn around
    and Spend it foolishly We’ve created us a credit card mess We spend
    the money that we don’t possess Our religion is to go and blow it
    all So it’s shoppin’ every Sunday at the mall”

    December 29th, 2010 at 9:31 am

  3. Doris Lee:

    Great compilation, how about this one? If you need more
    inspiration, listen to these guys talk about Merryl Lynch and big
    banks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xu-yq0XlXQ

    December 29th, 2010 at 9:54 am

  4. We’re honored to have our “How to cut up a credit card” included in
    @lendingclub’s roundup of card-destruction videos

    December 29th, 2010 at 11:59 am

  5. Love it! Great videos.

    December 29th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

  6. Me too. Yes it will blend!

    December 29th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

  7. In this age, actually getting rid of credit cards is difficult for
    us as we do a lot of our shopping online. What we need to focus on
    in the coming year is simply getting a better handle on our
    spending and where the money is going. Loved the vids.

    December 29th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

  8. Mars:

    Very fun videos, even useful (how to avoid identity theft). I
    wonder if cutting, shredding, destroying a credit card is even
    legal. I’d be surprised if the credit card companies lobby to have
    a law that treat credit cards like currency (can’t be modified,
    destroyed, deface, etc).

    January 1st, 2011 at 4:01 pm

  9. Melbourne Trainer:

    yes ! yes! this is great! very good for debt (and stress)

    January 15th, 2011 at 6:11 am

  10. CCA:

    ‘Be Inspired to Shred Your Credit Cards’ have a number of nice
    videos on how to destroy your credit cards. If any one gets
    depressed with their credit cards go and check them out.

    April 11th, 2011 at 4:00 am


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