Problem #45: Wallet Issues? Is your wallet stuffed with cards, but no money?
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What’s in your wallet? I’m sure you’ve heard that slogan by a well-known not-to-be-named-here credit card company. When
Capital O. . . err I mean, when this company says this, what they really mean is, “Do you have our card in your wallet? And if not, why not? You need to get it like right now! Because your life is incomplete without this particular card filling a slot in your wallet.”
If you don’t have a wallet, or if your wallet is completely empty, you might have a PROBLEM or you might be a kid.
So when I recently heard, “What’s in your wallet?”, I immediately thought, money – I have money in my wallet. And then I thought it might be interesting to show exactly what I do have in my wallet and why I carry the wallet that I do.
The Evolution of My Wallet
I’ve gone through a few different wallet schemes in the last couple years.
Classic Tri-fold Wallet
I started with the classic tri-fold faux leather wallet. Perhaps many of you guys carry these. I had pictures of loved ones, my identification cards, library card, passport card, social security card (yes I know – you’re not supposed to carry this), and even a tiny diploma card. There seemed to be a slot for every card. But because of the tri-fold design, it was naturally thicker than other wallets.What's in your wallet? - please say that you have money. Click To Tweet
At the time, it didn’t matter. I was prepared for any situation.
I once walked into the D.M.V. (Department of Motor Vehicles) in New York to register my new-to-me car I purchased from out of state. The only place worse to have to visit is . . . No, there is no place worse.
After waiting in line to just speak to someone, I finally earned the right to present my reason for visiting that day. And after I asked for the proper form, the woman behind the desk was polite enough to inform me that to register today, I would need no less than five different forms of ID to complete the registration process, and that I should not have wasted my time coming in person.
“No problem.” I replied with a confident smile as I pulled out my swiss-army-knife of a wallet. I proceeded to dramatically produce one form of ID after another: my driver’s license, credit card, health insurance card, social security card, and passport card. I triumphantly completed the form, and registered my car in the same day. I was no-doubt the only person to ever complete that feat . . . at least in New York.
It was all made possible by my “expect anything, prepare for everything” wallet. But it was starting to be uncomfortable to sit down.
So in the spirit of comfort, I switched to a bill-fold style wallet. It had the same capacity as my old tri-fold, but it was thinner. I still carried all the same cards and info, but I took out the pictures. I think with the widespread use of smartphones, the carrying of pictures has become more antiquated anyway. So I was moving in the right direction.
But I still was carrying too much stuff. My wallet was packed to point of wearing out the back pocket of my favorite pants. There was a nice hole where the corner of my wallet was stressing the pocket material.
I know that some men have wallets so thick with . . . stuff that if they sit for too long, it requires a trip to the chiropractor the next day to re-adjust their back. All because their wallet is huge. Now mine was not that overstuffed, but I did want to try my best to minimize the contents of my wallet.
I figured the best way to accomplish that would be to go for a minimalist wallet. Minimalism seems to be a popular movement among my generation, and I can certainly see the appeal. But I wasn’t sure that I could pare down my wallet contents enough to fit in a minimalist style wallet.
I purchased this wallet (affiliate link) – made by Dash.Co. It was . . . small. But it was perfect. I was able to part with all but 5 cards, and some cash. I had to if I was going to make this wallet work.
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So I no longer carry a wallet in my back pocket. The Dash wallet fits in the front pocket of my jeans along with my cell phone. Sometimes I even forget that I do have it – it’s that small!
So what’s in my wallet?
- Driver’s license
- Debit card
- Concealed carry permit
- health insurance card
- coupon card from my kid’s school (good for lot’s of discounts)
- petty cash
That’s it. Since I started carrying this wallet, I’ve found that I didn’t really need all that other stuff. Of course I haven’t been to the DMV in a while . . .
So . . . What’s in your wallet?
Feel free to share below in the comments.