I plan to include any helpful tips in the future in the main posts that I create but this one is so good I decided to make it a separate entry.
While shredding the mountain of material I began to worry that we would have to buy another shredder after we burned the existing one out. That is when I got an excellent tip from my wife's nephew and that is to buy lubricating sheets for your shredder from Office Max or Office Depot. Since our shredder had never seen a lubricating sheet I immediately ran one through and could tell the difference right away. After about 1/2 the recommended time between sheets I ran another one through and then one at each recommended time so now it is only occasionally that a new sheet is needed as our shredding pile is greatly reduced.