Keep Your Active Family Safe with Master Lock: Review and Giveaway

As my girls get older, our schedules get crazier. Between work, school, dance class, tumbling lessons, Girl Scouts, and many birthday parties, I am sure to meet myself coming and going!  Because we have tight schedules, sometimes family members pitch in to pick up the girls from school or take them to an activity.  In order to keep my kids safe, we have a “Family Password” that is given to the person in charge of picking up the kids.  If someone attempts to take them to an activity and does not know the password, the girls know not to get into the car.

We are not the only busy family out there!  Did you know that studies show that 4 out of every 5 students participate in some extracurricular activity outside of their required class load?  To help active families, Master Lock offers several tips and products for keeping active families secure this fall:

masterlock1. Embrace the key safe. If your children will be coming home to an empty house after school, or you need to provide secure access to your home for the family dog walker, a key safe such as the 5400D will safely store your house key for easy entry, and eliminate the risk of family members or authorized visitors losing a copy of your key while in transit. Simply set your own easy-to-remember combination on a key safe, and have peace of mind that family members and authorized visitors can enter your home safely when needed.

2. Talk to your children about a “home alone” routine. If your child gets home from school while you are still at work, or if your family is involved in a variety of activities on weekends, it’s important to have guidelines for your children to follow when home alone, including locking the door immediately behind them after entering the house, not spending time outside without a parent home and not answering the door for any visitors.

3. Share schedules. Be sure that your family is aware of each other’s schedules including work, school and extracurricular activities. Keeping a calendar updated with everyone’s activities in a common room such as the kitchen will prevent miscommunication about who will be home and when.

4. Lock up while on the go. We carry valuables with us at all times. Encourage your children to store cash, jewelry, cell phones or other small valuables in a secure container such as the SafeSpace® (5900D) or MiniSafe™ (5408D) when at sports practice or other after school and weekend activities. Parents should also secure similar valuables when watching their children’s games, heading out for a Saturday morning walk at the local forest preserve or going for coffee on the weekends. These products safely hold your valuables and can also be secured to a fixed object, allowing you or your children to enjoy various activities carefree.

5. Stay safe in the digital space. Use secure passwords and store them well. As your virtual world continues to grow, it’s tempting to utilize one, easy-to-remember password for access to all of your important on-line accounts; however, this puts you at a greater risk for a security breach. Instead, create more secure passwords by varying the code for each of your accounts, and using a combination of letters and numbers in each of your passwords. Then, store all your confidential data including these user names and passwords in the Master Lock Vault. By remembering one user name and one password for your Vault, you will have 24/7 secure access to your confidential information through the website or smart phone app. With the highest level of on-line security available today, the Master Lock Vault ensures your important information is safe and secure, and available to you anytime, anywhere.

Because we do have many family members that help us out, we decided to try the Master Lock Key Safe 5400D in our home.  It was very easy to program the 4 digit code and it holds up to five keys.  We love the over the door knob mount as it keeps the key safe in one location so it won’t get lost.  Due to our often rainy weather, I am happy that the key safe also has a shutter to cover the combo dials which will protect them from harsh weather or dirt.  The best part?  I’ll never get locked out of the house again (oh yes, my daughter managed to lock several of us outside when she learned to use the lock on our back door)!


One reader will win a Master Lock Select Access Security Lock 5400D (ARV $38)!

How to Enter:

1. Tell me which the Master Lock product that would benefit your family the most.

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Master Lock (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Limited to 10 a day, please. (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Masterlock on Facebook.

5. Place my blog button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on October 22nd. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. Others may have a differing opinion of the product. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.


  1. Maria Gabriel says:

    My family could use the “Luggage Locks – No. 4688DPNK” for when we travel.

  2. valerie mabrey says:

    we need a fire box type one
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  3. Our family could use the HIDDEN SHACKLE PADLOCKS . Not in the greatest neighborhood, and it would make the dogs job easier!

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  7. The Set-Your-Own-Combination Portable Safe would be awesome for traveling… in pink of course. 😉

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  10. i like the ideal of the truck bed lock

  11. Linda Kish says:

    I could really use a Storage Security – No. 5900DWHT

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  13. I like the bike locks and they would really come in handy for our family.

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  19. The No. 5900 Set-Your-Own-Combination Portable Safe would be great for my family.

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  21. We could use this one:
    Shrouded Padlocks – No. 177D

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  25. Monique Rizzo says:

    I would LOVE the Rekeying kit.
    Thanks for the chance.

  26. cindi duplantis says:

    Rekeying kit

  27. I would love to get the CABLE LOCKS – NO. 8109D
    so we can secure stuff in the back of the truck after tailgating when we go into the game

  28. Jessica Slone says:

    I would really enjoy the KEY SAFES – NO. 5400D to prevent lost keys with my children/family. Thanks for the chance. 🙂

    Liked both pages on Facebook as well.

  29. I like the luggage locks! Thanks!

  30. michelle r. says:

    I like their lock safe with the key compartment

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  33. Patti Hess says:

    I love the American Lock

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    thanks for the chance

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  36. Kristen Martinez says:

    This would be great for my kids … my older kids walk home from school and loose everything! Having a key safety waiting at home would be an excellent feature for them!

  37. The best product for us is the LUGGAGE LOCKS – NO. 4684T. We travel quite a bit


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  41. The Safe Space would be great because I could use it at work to keep things safe.

  42. renee walters says:

    I follow you on GFC, subscribe to your email and like you on Facebook! I would love to win this! We could really use the space safe! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Renee Walters

  43. Barbara Fox says:

    I really love the Storage Security – No. 5900DPNK!

  44. Ken Robinson says:

    We like the Chains & Chain Lock – No. 8147D for our bikes. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

  45. I love the Portable Mini safe. Thanks! 🙂

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  47. Became a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Masterlock on Facebook. (Quanda)

  48. The 8210D would be nice to have.

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  50. randall robison says:

    i would love the steering wheel lock for my truck.thanks

  51. kathy pease says:

    id love the Adjustable Locking Cables
    for our bikes

  52. We’re considering doing a FSBO sale this Spring. It would be handy to have this key lock around for that, and even before then, it might prevent my hubby from locking himself (sometimes with our son) out of the house about twice per year or so.

  53. The Masterlock 5900D would be great for us, it looks very versatile!

  54. ShellieAndBrutus says:

    I also like the Strage Security 5900DPNK.

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  56. ShellieAndBrutus says:
  57. The safe place would be great for us! sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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  60. My family is biking more so Keyed U-Locks – No. 8195D would be great.

  61. spirit_kim says:

    I think we would benefit most from the Master Lock you’ve discussed here actually.

  62. Mocha Dad says:

    I like the Master Lock portable safe.

  63. Email Subscriber, thanks!

  64. I could use a pertable safe. Thanks for the giveaway.

  65. The Masterlockbike 8200D would benefit my family
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  66. Tricia Andrews says:

    I like the ADA locks. I have some disabled family members that would be able to use those.

  67. Jenifer R says:

    My family could also benefit from the HIDDEN SHACKLE PADLOCK. reejen at comcast dot net

  68. mary gardner says:

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  73. barbara hunt says:

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  74. Charlene Kuser says:

    The Shrouded Padlocks – No. 177D would benefit our family

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  77. Charlene Kuser says:

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  78. I would like the Luggage Locks

  79. I am a subscriber.

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