Apr 13, 2011

Master Lock Offers Advice and Storage Solutions, Review and Giveaway CLOSED

You might not think of tax time when you hear the name Master Lock but they do have a line of great security file boxes that can help you make tax time less painful.  While it's clearly a little late for this year.  Now is the PERFECT time to start keeping things in order for next year's tax time.


Master Lock sent our family this great file storage box.  And I am thrilled to finally have a place I can put stuff and be able to find it.  Since moving into our current house, yes 7 years ago, we never set up a place in our house where I can keep inprotant documents.  They are here there and everywhere because we have no desk or filing cabinets.  This has led to problems on more than one occassion.

I still need to go buy some nice hanging folders to really get organized properly but at least I can start with a place to put things.  While it's clearly not theft proof as its portable, it does lock which will allow me to leave it conveniently located for me without worry of tiny fingers accidentally using important documents as coloring paper.

TAX PREP: 5 TIPS FOR ORGANIZING PAPERWORK FOR A SMOOTH TAX FILING

Master Lock Offers Advice, Product Solutions for Secure and Structured Document Storage

There’s no better time to sort through the growing pile of papers in your home office than when you’re preparing to file year-end taxes. While organizing paperwork and personal files can seem like a daunting task, it certainly doesn’t need to be. Master Lock has provided five tips for organizing and safely storing important documents for a smooth tax filing process and more organized year.

“Eliminating unnecessary paperwork and storing tax files in one organized, secure place is vital to a stress-free tax filing process,” said Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. “By creating and maintaining a master storage system, individuals can not only ease the tax filing process, but also enjoy a feeling of preparedness year-round.”

  1. Purge the paperwork
First things first – clear the clutter. Go through all paperwork and eliminate anything you no longer need, shredding identifying documents to protect against identity theft. Get rid of expired warranties and year-old receipts and bank statements.
  1. Safely store crucial records
Designate a specific storage space for vital documents including birth certificates, marriage licenses, passports, wills and social security cards. These items, as well as any important memorabilia, should be stored in a locked, fire retardant box such as Master Lock’s 7142D storage box. Not only will you always know where these items are, they’ll be safe from home mishaps.

  1. Create a tax file
Create a separate file for all of your tax documents. We recommend a customizable, portable filing solution such as Master Lock’s 7148D storage box for simple and easy transport to and from meeting with your accountant or tax advisor. Organize this file into 10 categories: income (pay stubs, W-2s, interest statements), medical (medical expenses and health insurance out-of-pocket), donations (cash and non-cash donations), real estate (interest statements from mortgage, tax assessments), child care (payment receipts), tax correspondence (important IRS or state revenue service letters), student loans (statements of payment), miscellaneous receipts (any receipts that might be needed for deductions), payments (records of advance payments) and old tax papers (old tax returns). Continue to use your tax file year-round, and you won’t have to scramble for these documents when it comes time to file next year.

  1. Back up everything
Make digital copies of important documents and store them in your fireproof box on a zip or thumb drive. Use a secure online organization and security solution, such as the Master Lock Vault (www.masterlockvault.com) to store log-in and password information for bank accounts and credit cards as well as lock combinations or key numbers to your file boxes. Consider appointing a guardian as an additional security measure who knows where and how your records are stored for easy access in your absence.

  1. Make it a tradition
Select a specific time of year (perhaps when tax time rolls around again) and make your review of these records an annual occurrence. This will ensure your information is streamlined and up-to-date and that finding or organizing this information is never an overwhelming process again.

For more information on document storage solutions including where to buy, please visit Master Lock’s website at www.masterlock.com. Visit www.masterlockvault.com to utilize the free, secure online storage application and download a smart phone app for easy access on the go.  


Enter to win the Storage Security solution featured here!!





Giveaway Rules
Required Entry: Visit Master Lock and come back and leave a comment sharing which item, not listed here is your favorite.

Additional entries: (Extra entries are only valid after completing the required entry. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry)
~Follow me publicly on google friend connect - 1 entry
~Subscribe by email (must activate) - 2 entries
~Follow my blog on networked blogs - 1 entry
~'Like' my blog on FaceBook  - 3 entries
~Follow me on twitter - 1 entry (leave username)
~Tweet the giveaway- may be done once daily, include @lisanoel03 and a link to this post - 1 entry (leave direct url to tweet
~Post my button on your blog (make sure it's my NEW button) - 2 entries
~Blog about the giveaway - 3 entries (leave link and 3 comments)
~Enter any of my other current giveaways (listed at the top of my page) - 1 entry per giveaway

PLEASE NOTE: I will do my best to mediate any problems in delivery of giveaway prizes with the sponsor, and I do my best only to represent companies I trust, however I am not personally responsible for any prizes which are not received for delivery or any other reasons.



**Winner**
139. Ardy22 said...
one of my favs is their Steel Body Padlocks 2" Vertical Shackle Clearance / Keyed Different
Contest ends 4/27/11!
US Residents Only!

Please be sure that I have a way to contact you either with a email available on your blogger account or leave your email in your comment. If I can not contact you via email, or you do not respond with in approx. 48 hours to my email, I have to pick a new winner. And I really hate doing that!



Disclosure:  The product(s) featured in this review was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

146 comments:

  1. i like that their is many different locks.
    asha.marie@HOtmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'd love the Portable Camo Mini safe - that way next time I lock myself out of the house, I can let myself back in and not have to call the hubby (who never let's me forget I've done it again ;)

    Connie

    ReplyDelete
  3. GFC follow back
    http://aromaticspace150.blogspot.com/
    Liza767[at]roadrunner[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
  4. Liza767 [at] roadrunner [dot] com
    is an email subscriber

    ReplyDelete
  5. Liza767 [at] roadrunner [dot] com
    is an email subscriber
    #2

    ReplyDelete
  6. Liza Vladyka face book follows you
    Liza767[at]roadrunner[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
  7. Liza Vladyka face book follows you
    Liza767[at]roadrunner[dot]com
    #2

    ReplyDelete
  8. Liza Vladyka face book follows you
    Liza767[at]roadrunner[dot]com
    #3

    ReplyDelete
  9. I really like the coded locks. We have several back gates that we keep locked and we currenly use keyed locks. It would be super to have one code for all the locks!
    christinadavisking@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. I like No. 5401 Select Access™ Security Lock - No. 5401DProduct Features:
    Wall mount key safe
    Holds up to 5 keys for house or car in a convenient location for regular use
    Wall mount design for permanent installation
    Set-your-own 4-digit combination for keyless convenience and increased security
    3-1/4" (83mm) wide durable metal construction
    Shutter door protects combination dials from weather, dirt and grime

    i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. follow via gfc

    i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. subscribe by email

    i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. subscribe by email 2

    i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. follow via networked blogs

    i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. like you on fb

    i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. like you on fb 2

    i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. like you on fb 3

    i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. entered the little fockers giveaway

    i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. entered gullivers travels giveaway

    i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. I'd like a Shrouded Padlock for an outdoor storage room
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  21. I'm a gfc friend
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  22. I'm an email subscriber
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  23. #2 email subscriber
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  24. I follow you on twitter as mbm218
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  25. i like the Master Lock School
    & Institutional Locks

    timmiedeluca@comcast.net

    ReplyDelete
  26. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

    follow blog

    ReplyDelete
  27. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

    subscribe

    ReplyDelete
  28. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

    subscribe

    ReplyDelete
  29. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

    network blogs

    ReplyDelete
  30. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

    FB-Laura DeLuca

    ReplyDelete
  31. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

    FB-Laura DeLuca

    ReplyDelete
  32. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

    FB-Laura DeLuca

    ReplyDelete
  33. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

    button

    http://newagemama.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  34. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

    button

    http://newagemama.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  35. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

    entered gullivers travels giveaway

    ReplyDelete
  36. Follow you on GFC
    spar9797 at gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  37. "like" you on Fb
    spar9797 at gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  38. Being an urban bicycle commuter, I like the No. 8118DPF Bike Lock. It resists cutting and sawing, and it's 7 pin cylinder resists picking.

    xxbowietipxx@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  39. I subscribe via e-mail.

    xxbowietipxx@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  40. I follow via GFC.

    xxbowietipxx@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  41. ADA-Compliant Built-in Combination Locks mrs.mommyyatgmail

    ReplyDelete
  42. I like the Storage Security No. 7113D, but finding a product on that site is a pain unless you are searching for something specific.

    ReplyDelete
  43. I love their combination/key locks

    Jamie Brigham
    cinderella10383 @ aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  44. Following you via GFC- Jamie Brigham

    cinderella10383 @ aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  45. subscribed via email- cinderella10383 @ aol dot com
    Jamie Brigham
    #1

    ReplyDelete
  46. subscribed via email- cinderella10383 @ aol dot com
    Jamie Brigham
    #2

    ReplyDelete
  47. Following you via network blogs-
    Jamie Brigham
    cinderella10383 @ aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  48. AAF of your blog on facebook- Jamie Brigham
    cinderella10383 @ aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  49. AAF of your blog on facebook- Jamie Brigham
    cinderella10383 @ aol dot com
    #2

    ReplyDelete
  50. AAF of your blog on facebook- Jamie Brigham
    cinderella10383 @ aol dot com
    #3

    ReplyDelete
  51. Following you on twitter- @cinderella10383
    Jamie Brigham
    cinderella10383 @ aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  52. Tweeted about giveaway- @cinderella10383
    https://twitter.com/#!/Cinderella10383/status/59477700255035392
    Jamie Brigham
    cinderella10383@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  53. I also like the Shrouded Padlock
    s8r8l33 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  54. I 'Like' your blog on FaceBook @SaraLee

    ReplyDelete
  55. I 'Like' your blog on FaceBook @SaraLee #2

    ReplyDelete
  56. I 'Like' your blog on FaceBook @SaraLee #3

    ReplyDelete
  57. I Follow you on twitter @s8r8l33

    ReplyDelete
  58. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/s8r8l33/status/59485167525437440

    ReplyDelete
  59. The backpack locks would be great for my kids!

    ReplyDelete
  60. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  61. I follow you on twitter. me_a_momma

    ReplyDelete
  62. tweeted ~ http://twitter.com/#!/me_a_momma/status/59803527492538368

    ReplyDelete
  63. I need a BIKE LOCKS - NO. 8196D from master!


    mtdoonmeister at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  64. subscribed to your blog via email


    mtdoonmeister at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  65. Following you on GFC as "Doc Holliday"


    mtdoonmeister at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  66. Subscribed to your blog via email


    #2


    mtdoonmeister at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  67. Liked your blog on FaceBook #1

    FB name & 1st initial: Mike M

    mtdoonmeister at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  68. Liked your blog on FaceBook #2

    FB name & 1st initial: Mike M

    mtdoonmeister at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  69. Liked your blog on FaceBook #3

    FB name & 1st initial: Mike M

    mtdoonmeister at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  70. followed you on Twitter

    @mtdoonmeister


    mtdoonmeister at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  71. Blogged about your giveaway at:

    http://ggggiveaways.blogspot.com/2011/04/masterlock-giveaway.html

    Entry #1


    mtdoonmeister at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  72. Blogged about your giveaway at:

    http://ggggiveaways.blogspot.com/2011/04/masterlock-giveaway.html

    Entry #2


    mtdoonmeister at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  73. Blogged about your giveaway at:

    http://ggggiveaways.blogspot.com/2011/04/masterlock-giveaway.html

    Entry #3


    mtdoonmeister at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  74. masterlockitup.com
    1534DBLK looks great as well
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  75. daily tweet ~ http://twitter.com/#!/me_a_momma/status/59939944461910017

    ReplyDelete
  76. The Combination Padlocks are pretty neat.
    dolniaks[at]consolidated[dot]net

    ReplyDelete
  77. GFC follower
    dolniaks[at]consolidated[dot]net

    ReplyDelete
  78. I like the backpack locks.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  79. My favorite other item is the coded locks.
    sarah at realtorsd.com

    ReplyDelete
  80. I follow you via twitter as sarahndavis
    sarah at realtorsd.com

    ReplyDelete
  81. i like you on facebook as sarah davis
    sarah at realtorsd.com

    ReplyDelete
  82. daily tweet ~ http://twitter.com/#!/me_a_momma/status/60499231118598144

    ReplyDelete
  83. daily tweet ~ http://twitter.com/#!/me_a_momma/status/60882399764021248

    ReplyDelete
  84. daily tweet ~ http://twitter.com/#!/me_a_momma/status/61043495854555137

    ReplyDelete
  85. I like the combination locks! they are really nice for the gym so you dont have to carry a key. spottedjagiwar [at] yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  86. follow via gfc spottedjagiwar [at] yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  87. follow via email spottedjagiwar [at] yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  88. 2 follow via email spottedjagiwar [at] yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  89. follow network blog spottedjagiwar [at] yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  90. follow on fb spottedjagiwar [at] yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  91. 2 follow on fb spottedjagiwar [at] yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  92. 3 follow on fb spottedjagiwar [at] yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  93. follow on twitter zenesartistry spottedjagiwar [at] yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  94. entered gullivers travels spottedjagiwar [at] yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  95. entered boogie wipes spottedjagiwar [at] yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  96. entered glee spottedjagiwar [at] yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  97. entered baskets spottedjagiwar [at] yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  98. entered lil sippers spottedjagiwar [at] yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  99. entered puppy spottedjagiwar [at] yahoo (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  100. daily tweet ~ http://twitter.com/#!/me_a_momma/status/61481407742095360

    ReplyDelete
  101. tweet ~ http://twitter.com/#!/me_a_momma/status/61887458538827777

    ReplyDelete
  102. I really like the Bike Locks - No. 8200D. mcgillrmcgill(at)charter(dot)net

    ReplyDelete
  103. I like the 8200D Bike lock too.

    ReplyDelete
  104. Their Security Bars - No. 266D came in handy when I had a balcony at my old apartment because the lock on the door was flimsy.

    ReplyDelete
  105. tweet ~ http://twitter.com/#!/me_a_momma/status/62885988212547585

    ReplyDelete
  106. I could use the Cable Lookout for a lot of things

    mlynnw83 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  107. I like the Master Lock for bikes!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  108. I love the variety of locks
    smatos04(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  109. GFC Follower
    Sarah Matos
    smatos04(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  110. Email Subscriber 1
    smatos04(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  111. Email Susbcriber 2
    smatos04(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  112. Follow via networked blog
    Sarah Matos
    smatos04(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  113. tweet ~ http://twitter.com/#!/me_a_momma/status/63331560212013056

    ReplyDelete
  114. we could use the coded locks here in the family!
    thanks
    kendraco22 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  115. follow u twitter kendra22007

    kendraco22 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  116. my favorite item is the combination padlock
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  117. Thanks for the giveaway...we like the MasterLock BIKE LOCKS - NO. 8196D !
    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

    ReplyDelete
  118. senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

    GFC Follower: Brian E.

    ReplyDelete
  119. Following YOU via Twitter: @brianpiero

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

    ReplyDelete
  120. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/brianpiero/status/63448032720588800

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

    ReplyDelete
  121. one of my favs is their Steel Body Padlocks
    2" Vertical Shackle Clearance / Keyed Different

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

    ReplyDelete
  122. follow gfc
    ardy22
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

    ReplyDelete
  123. subscribe to you via email
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

    ReplyDelete
  124. subscribe toyou via email 2
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

    ReplyDelete
  125. liked you fb 1
    rich hicks
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

    ReplyDelete
  126. liked you fb 2
    rich hicks
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

    ReplyDelete
  127. liked you fb 3
    rich hicks
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

    ReplyDelete
  128. follow you twitter
    ardy22
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

    ReplyDelete