Thursday, March 26, 2015

Make Filing Less Taxing with Master Lock +Sweepstakes Info & Locking File Box #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a product sample to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Master Lock Keyed Locking File Box

One thing you want to be sure to store properly, for many reasons, is your important documents and papers. Up until now, all of my own, such as tax records, house insurance papers, car titles, personal documentation, etc. have been neatly tucked and organized in hanging folders inside of a file box. The trouble though, was that box was made of plastic. It's always been in the back of my mind to change it up for something more sturdy, but getting around to 'doing it later' just never seemed to come... until now. :) 

Today I am happy to report all of those papers have been neatly transferred to a new Master Lock 7148D Keyed Locking File Box. This 13.5 (34.3cm) W x 10.5in (26.7cm) H x 6in (15.2cm) D box is made of a durable steel construction that is far superior to our previous plastic version. It comes with two keys (don't lose them because duplicates are not available) and a limited lifetime warranty. And it's a from a name you can trust: Master Lock. 

At the end of this post, one lucky winner (US/Canada only) will win a Master Lock Keyed Locking File Box to call their own. And there's an even bigger prize to win with the Sweeps below. Interested? Keep reading...


MASTER LOCK MAKES FILING LESS TAXING WITH SWEEPSTAKES,
TIPS FOR MAXIMIZING RETURNS AT VARIOUS LIFE STAGES

Five Master Lock Vault® users will win $1,000 each in Tax Relief Reward Sweepstakes

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (March XX, 2015) – Approximately 1 in 5 Americans who file their own tax return leave an average of $450 on the table each year – adding up to more than $5 billion in the U.S. – due largely to unnoticed deductions and credits*. This tax season, Master Lock is offering advice for maximizing returns during key life stages with credit opportunities and organization tips, and is also providing financial relief  to consumers via the Master Lock Tax Relief Reward Sweepstakes.

Now through April 16, any registered user of the Master Lock Vault is eligible to enter for a chance to win one offive $1,000 prizes. The Master Lock Vault is a free, digital safe deposit box that provides a safe and secure solution for storing copies of important tax documents for easy access from any smart phone or computer.

“Each new stage of life brings with it new considerations during tax time,” said Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. “Whether it’s your first year doing your own taxes, or first year with a dependent on your tax forms, we’re here to help you feel more confident about the process and your results, and maybe even take home some extra cash.”

No matter which life stage you are in this tax season, pay close attention to possible deductions and credits you may qualify for as you reach each new milestone**:

1.      Recent College Graduates: Graduating from college is a great accomplishment, but many graduates face a mountain of debt owed on their student loans. Luckily, there are credits that could provide a tax break for young professionals this season:

Graduates who begin repaying their student loans may qualify for the Student Loan Interest Deduction, which would deduct up to $2,500 of qualified student loan interest. If you plan to continue your education, you may qualify for the Lifetime Learning Credit which can provide eligible students with a tax credit toward undergraduate, graduate or professional degree courses at an eligible educational institution.

2.      Newlyweds: After exchanging rings and tossing the bouquet, newlyweds’ lives – and taxes – merge into one. Filing jointly with your spouse offers many advantages, and the IRS gives joint filers one of the largest deductions each year.

With a new marital status comes significant changes that could affect your taxes. It’s imperative for the names and Social Security numbers on your tax return to reflect your Social Security Administration (SSA) records. If you made changes to your name (Form SS-5) or address (Form 8822), you need to file the proper forms to notify the SSA and IRS. You should also notify your workplace to ensure your receive your W-2.

3.      Parents: Raising a child to the age of 18 costs approximately $245,000 in today’s economy, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Parents can ease their burden by taking advantage of the Child Tax Credit, which offers a tax credit up to $1,000 per qualifying child. Additionally, parents who paid for child care in order to work may qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit, which reduces federal income tax.

4.      Seniors (65+): As we age, it’s even more important to correctly prepare tax returns in order to receive the proper deductions and credits. Storing personal expenses and documentation in a secure location, such as the Master Lock Vault, will keep seniors’ personal information organized and eliminate the worry of lost or stolen paper documents that contain confidential information. If you want or need to store physical copies, keep them protected in a locking fire- and water-resistant Sentry Safe storage chest or safe.

Based on filing status, seniors may qualify for the Credit for the Elderly or Disabled (Forms 1040 or 1040A), and seniors who do not itemize their deductions receive a higher deduction amount. Seniors should also take advantage of free tax services, such as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides income tax preparation and electronic filing services, and Tax Counseling for the Elderly program, which focuses on pensions and retirement-related concerns.





Master Lock Tax Relief Rewards Sweepstakes

An added bonus of utilizing the Master Lock Vault to organize the variety of forms and online passwords needed for your tax-filing process this year is the chance to win $1,000, which can be used to supplement your tax refund, or help ease the burden of additional taxes owed. To enter, new users can register for a Master Lock Vault account at www.MasterLockVault.com. Once the account has been activated, users will receive an email containing the sweepstakes entry form. Existing Master Lock Vault users who have opted in for brand communications will receive an email with the sweepstakes entry form once the sweepstakes kicks off March 16. One entry will be accepted per person through April 16.

Master Lock Vault
Benefits of the Master Lock Vault extend well beyond the tax season. Use the system year-round, via the website or by installing one of the free mobile apps for your Apple®, Android®, Kindle® or Nook® devices. Securely store and organize lock combinations, digital copies of your passport and social security card and other confidential data such as debit or PIN card numbers or online credit card account log-in information. Offering a high level of online security, the Master Lock Vault serves as a digital safe deposit box for quick and easy access to valuable information anytime, anywhere.

For more safety tips and products, visit the Master Lock website at www.masterlock.com or the Master Lock Facebook page at www.facebook.com/masterlock.

About Master Lock
Master Lock is the world's largest manufacturer of padlocks and related security products providing innovative security solutions for home, automotive, campus, power sports, bike and storage security needs for consumers and industry alike. Master Lock Company LLC is an operating unit of Fortune Brands Home & Security,Inc., a leading consumer brands company. Headquartered in Deerfield, Ill.,Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS) is included in theS&P MidCap 400 Index.  For more information about Master Lock,visit www.masterlock.com.

About the Sweepstakes
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Entry into the Master Lock“Tax Relief Rewards” Sweepstakes is open to permanent lawful residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) and Canada, excluding Quebec,who are 18 years or older at time of entry. Limit one (1) entry per person.Sweepstakes begins at 07:00:01 a.m. CDT on March 16, 2015 and ends on April 16,2015 at 6:59:59 a.m. CDT. Entrants can access www.masterlockvault.com andfollow the on-screen instructions to create a Master Lock Vault account, which will generate a confirmation message containing a link to the Sweepstakes entry form. Existing, opt-in subscribers will receive an email containing a link to the Sweepstakes entry form.Sponsor: Master Lock Company LLC, 137W. Forest Hill Avenue, Oak Creek, WI 53154.



**Master Lock is not a legal, tax or accounting advisor, and the information in this press release should not be construed as legal, tax or accounting advice. Master Lock recommends that consumers consult a professional advisor for advice concerning specific tax or other matters. 



There's a giveaway here too! One lucky winner (US/Canada) gets
a Master Lock  7148D Keyed Locking File Box to call their own.

Now that you've read this bevy of quality information, it's time to enter the giveaway Master Lock has also graciously offered to Mail4Rosey readers. One lucky winner will get the Master Lock 7148D Keyed Locking File Box mentioned at the top of this post. US/Canada only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

139 comments:

  1. they have a great sweeps going on now to ease the stress of tax time you could win $1000!!

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  2. We have used Master Locks for many years now and we are very happy with them, that being said I am sure that this file keeper is a great product. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. They sure do make it so everything is safe. But can it fit all of your paper? lol

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    1. It fits all of my important papers that DO stay organized. Never mind the stack of 'I'm going to get to those' papers you could be referring to...those are a whole different category. ;)

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  4. I like the Keyed Locking Drawer Safe with 4 Compartment Tray.

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  5. I didn't realize that MasterLock offered so many devices in locks, locking mechanisms latches, hitches and, safes - the lists go on and on. Also, the name MasterLock is renowned around the world,

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    1. I was surprised to learn of so many options and mechanisms too.

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  6. I learned that Master Lock was founded in 1921.

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  7. That does look like a nice little box!
    I might think about entering.

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  8. I learned that if you know your key number it's easy to order new keys!

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  9. Way cool giveaway. We just finished our taxes last week. It's always a relief to get them done. You do need to make sure you've got all the deductions you're supposed to have though. Excellent.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  10. I really like the Set Your Own Combination Portable Personal Safe in Pink. It would come in handy for a lot of items.

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  11. I learned they have a sweepstakes going on right now!

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  12. I have never heard of this company. It sounds like it offers quite a bit.

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  13. This seems amazing! A lot better than our system of just throwing all our papers into a lock box. Great giveaway!

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  14. That is a really sweet box. My files are a mess, so I would love something like that to help me organize myself.

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing. I need something to store my personal important papers in. I didn't know there were so many options for seniors when it comes to filing taxes, I'm sending my mom over to the is post to learn more.

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  16. I could so use this. How lucky you are to review it. :) Travis needs this so bad. He was a unorganized pain in the butt with taxes this yr. I hate gathering the stuff anyhow, and he makes it worse.

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  17. Visited and learned about the Braided Steel Cable Gun Lock with 1-1/8in (29 mm) Wide Laminated Steel Padlock; Keyed Different

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  18. We have one like this and I absolutely love it. It makes it so quick and easy to have all our important docs in one place.

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  19. Looks like a great product! I never even thought to lock up our tax docs. It's a good idea.

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  20. Another item that I like is the Security Bar.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  21. I learned that they also have a contest on their site YAY!!!

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  22. What a great idea. Our papers are in swing files inside a filing cabinet - and really, really need culling and organising.

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  23. I like that they have a huge variety of locks. I really like the Set Your Own WORD Combination Computer Lock with Self-Coiling Cable.

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  24. I like Master Lock's Hardened Laminated Steel Street Cuff Bike Lock. As a fan of Harry Houdini, I take note that the lock can double as ankle cuffs.

    Hope to win!

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  25. These are great. We have one that we bought when we bought the house to keep things organized!

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  26. Awesome! I use several of their locks for our sheds and equipment, I would love a locked box from the same company since we already know and trust them!

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  27. I really have to get all my important papers in one place! Some are here and some are there--ever hear about the shoemakers son who had no shoes? Well--semi-retired bookkeeper here--A sturdy metal box type would be a very safe place to keep your valuable papers--but what happens if you actually lose the keys!!!!

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  28. They have a sweepstakes for $1000,

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  29. wow so many different options to keep stuff safe who knew

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  30. That was smart to store it in a more secure and long-lasting container. I don't think I'm storing mine wisely over here either.

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  31. I had no idea about the personal, portable safes. I really like them.

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  32. Master Lock has so many great options. Great for people who need to keep things safe.

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  33. I would love to win this! Good luck to everyone.

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  34. This looks like an awesome giveaway!

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  35. My little boy has a locking system like that. He keeps all of his important "things" in there. I never thought to put stuff like tax information in it.

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  36. I have never heard of this, but I can see where it would come in handy! Amber N

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  37. I like the Wide Combination Dial Padlock with Aluminum Cover; Pink with the breast cancer ribbon.

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    1. I like the bike locks too, especially since we like to ride bikes in the city. They are very secure.

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  39. I've always loved Masterlock products. They are reliable and really protect all of my valuables.

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  40. I like the variety of products they offer! I would love to try one of their fireproof or waterproof safes.

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  41. How awesome I didn't realize masterlock offered more than the common little lock! Great to know, this is great!

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  42. Master Lock has so many great products to keep things safe and secure! That's a really nice box, and giveaway too!

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  43. I need one of these so bad. Thanks for sharing - this looks like a great option.

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  44. I love MasterLock! Their brand works great and is very sturdy and long lasting.

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  45. We keep our important papers in one. Love all their products.

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  46. A really great thing to own and use properly. Anything to make taxes a little easier....

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  47. I think these are a must have. I have a fireproof box that I store important docs like our birth certificates in.

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  48. I learned that Master Lock was founded in 1921 by Harry Soref

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  49. What a great idea! Definitely entering the contest, thanks!

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  50. They always make such great products and you can feel secure that your valuable are safe. Nice giveaway!

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  51. Great giveaway! I'd like to own one of those vaults.

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  52. What a great product! Looks like a perfect way to have all important documents in one place and kept safe. Thanks for the giveaway too!

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  53. I need this for our important documents. Even jewelry too.

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  54. I learned that Master Lock was founded in 1921.

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  55. We have a safe just like this! It is a lifesaver!

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  56. Masterlock is an awesome company, they make the best products. I imagine this one is no different.

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  57. Id like to try the digital combination lock because Ive never seen a digital lock before.

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  58. This is an awesome giveaway indeed. I don't have a locked box for my important papers at all and I really need to get one. These seem like and awesome one to have for sure. I will have to check this out. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. My husband wants a box like this. It would help him to know that the papers are secure should we ever have a break in.

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  60. Master Lock was founded in 1921.

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  61. I like the document lock that they have

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  62. I never knew that there were so many different types of locks

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  63. I would like a security bar. Brittney House

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  64. I like the portable travel safe.

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  65. Deductions are my friends, especially this year, since I am not working

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  66. We have a huge safe in our garage that takes like five men to even think of moving it . This is the perfect size for important papers. Plus I wouldn't have to go out in my garage every time I had a paper to store for safe keeping

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  67. I learned Masterlock is Made in American and supports American jobs!

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  68. What a great file box for keeping important paper safe. I need to get one of these for passports, etc.

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  69. What perfect timing! The hubs & I were just talking about needing a new place to keep documents just the other day!

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  70. Lauren Olivia WoodMarch 30, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    I like the basic padlocks! olivia41393@yahoo.com

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  71. I learned that their US headquarters is in Oak Creek, WI.

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  72. I like the little product selector questions to help you choose the right product to protect your stuff

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  73. I learned that Master Lock was founded way back in 1921.

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  74. I like the variety of the products they offer, basically if you want to protect anything in your home they have something for it.

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  75. I like that their products are made in the USA!

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  76. I learned that these are available at tons of different retailers, so there is sure to be one near you. These include target, walmart, academy sports, lowes, walgreens etc.
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

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  77. Wow Master lock offers so many devices

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  78. Locking Drawer Safe with 4 Compartment Tray

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  79. I learned that they have a Digital Safe!

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  80. I like the Set Your Own Combination Portable Personal Safe in gray.

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  81. I like the 1-7/8in (48mm) Wide Combination Dial Padlock

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  82. Model No. 1535DWModel No. 1535DWD
    1-1/2in (38mm) Wide Set Your Own WORD Combination Padlock in pink.

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  83. love the bike locks. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  84. I would love to have the Model No. 5401D

    3-1/4in (83mm) Wide Set Your Own Combination Wall Mount Key Safe

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  85. I love the amazing range of locks and locked storage they offer.

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  86. I like Masterlocks Steel Warded Locks. They are super tough and resist break ins and we use them on an outdoor shed and a back door that leads to a walkway in our home.

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  87. I would love to win the master lock to put all my important papers in there.

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  88. i learned that they have a great selection of items that can be used all throughout the home

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  89. The TSA-accepted luggage locks would be great while travelling!

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  90. I like that they have such a large variety of safes.

    eg kaufman

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  91. I really need a Computer Lock with Self-Coiling Cable -- I'm not comfortable leaving my laptop in the hotel room while traveling. I think this is the exact product I need.

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  92. I like Master Lock's Hardened Laminated Steel Street Cuff Bike Lock.

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  93. i could use this lock it stuff1

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  94. I found out that they make pepper spray too.

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  95. Master Lock has so many great options. Great to keep things safe!

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  96. That MasterLock offers digital vault box as well

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  97. I love the Locking Drawer Safe with the 4 Compartment Tray

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  98. Their Safety Padlocks won the UL Environment award because they produce little scrap metal.

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  99. they are the largest global manufacturer and marketer of padlocks since 1921 by Harry Soref.

    Sarah Oswald

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  100. I Need A Safety Box For My PERSONAL Papers And This One Looks Awesome.

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  101. I Need A Safety Box For My PERSONAL Papers And This One Looks Awesome.

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  102. I learned they have a lot of products.

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  103. Right now, I'm using a cardboard office box to hold all of my documents. Definitely not waterproof :/

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  104. I have learned they have been in business since 1921, that's amazing!

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  105. I like the bicycle lock that looks like handcuffs.

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  106. I like the Portable Personal Safes for traveling.

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  107. I like the 9/16 in. wide solid brass body padlock with 2 inch shackle.

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  108. I really like the 8-1/4in (21cm) Wide Hardened Steel U-Lock with 11in (28cm) Shackle I think we would get a lot of use out of it this summer

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  109. I like the Wide Combination Dial Padlock with Aluminum Cover; Pink with the breast cancer ribbon.

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  110. I like the 4693D – TSA-Accepted Luggage Lock with Identification Tag

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  111. I learned that this filebox has a lifetime warranty.

    Thank you for the entry,

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  112. I like the 3/4in (19mm) Wide Mini Fusion™ Lock with Shrouded Shackle

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  113. I like their Portable Personal Safes.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  114. I would love to try the 3-1/4in (83mm) Wide Set Your Own Combination Wall Mount Key Safe

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  115. They have a finder tool to help you find the perfect lock.

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  116. I love the Set Your Own Combination Portable Personal Safe; Pink!

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  117. i like the different variety of safes available

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  118. I also like the 3ft (91cm) Long x 9/64in (4mm) Diameter Welded Steel Chain with Laminated Steel Padlock

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  119. I learned that Master Lock supports American jobs.

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  120. I learned that Master Lock has so many devices to keep our property safe. I like the bike locks

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  121. I like the choices of different safes that they have.

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  122. I learned all the choice in colors and things that they offer

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  123. I liked the 5422D – Portable Push Button Key Safe.

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  124. I like the computer cables. That would make me feel better in hotels, and perhaps make me feel better about upcoming college dorm room security.

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  125. I also like the Model No. 5408D 1-3/4in (44mm) Wide Combination Portable Key Safe with 6in (15.2m) Cable Lanyard.
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  126. I learned that Master Lock has been giving awesome support and service since 1921.

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  127. I like the 5422D – Portable Push Button Key Safe

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  128. On Rafflecopter, I accidentally put my Twitter account, my email is versatileer at gmail dot com.

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  129. I like the Set Your Own WORD Combination Computer Lock with Self-Coiling Cable to use when I study at the library.

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  130. I like that Master Lock is a company whose products are made in America.

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  131. Thank You for the giveaway… we like Model No. 2120D - Combination Computer Lock with Self-Coiling Cable

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  132. I learned that the company was started in 1921.

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