We haven’t thought about this before untill we came across an article on Yahoo finance which listed things to carry and not to carry in the wallet. I don’t belive in some of the things they mentioned, like carrying a blank paper to note down few essential things when out on the road.
We carry smart phones and that come with notepad utility to take notes and obviously the phone numbers.
I carry a medium-sized wallet which is not too uncomfortable when I tuck it into pant pocket. Here are the things I carry.
- Driver’s License
- $2 in change
- $40 in cash
- Insurance ID card
- Name Card with emergency contact
- Credit Cards
- Library Card
- Postal Stamps
- Store Cards (not credit)
- My lucky cent coin!
Driver’ License - You should always carry an identity in your wallet. Ideally, your license could be the best option. From buying liquor, cigarettes to entering in to a secured area, an identification is must. Also, state law requires you to have licence while driving. For me this is the number-one item in must haves.
Money – I carry $2 in change (quarters). They come in handy for the toll booth and for the metered parking space. I also carry 5 $1 bills, one $5 bill, one $10 bill and one $20 bill. Carrying cash is absolutely must as some stores operate only on cash transactions. Same with the public parks and vending machines.
Insurance Card – Our health insurance card should be in your wallet. This is must have as the drivers licence. I do have separate cards for vision, Dental and prescription medication and I carry all of them. if you have only one card issued by your insurance provider, do ask for a duplicate card. Keep one at home and carry one along.
Contact Card – This is when you can’t speak for yourself. You can simply write your name, address, home phone number or phone number of the emergency contact. I have SMB’s cell phone and one of my friend’s phone numbers listed.
Credit Card – I buy my stuff on credit, almost always unless only cash is accepted. I don’t care if I lose it or its stolen. There is a way to recover every fraud transaction on your card. Every card issuer honor ID theft protection for free.
Library Card – This is not must, I returned back from the library quiet a few times before making it a practice to carry this card.
Postal Stamps – They don’t occupy any space as such. No harm in throwing in a few postage stamps in one of the many compartments your wallet probably has. I don’t have to run to post office each time I need to post something from work.
Store Cards – I carry cards from my hair stylist, pharmacy, a free car wash card from our car dealer, etc. They often ensure discounts and shorter wait in the queue for being serviced.
My Lucky Coin(!) – you can absolutely ignore this. I do carry a shining one cent coin, which I have kept since the time I landed in this country. Its my superstition of some kind.
Your Business Card – I do not have a business card from my job or from this blog. I didn’t feel the need to create a card for the blog (although its becoming a business slowly). If you happen to have a business card, don’t forget to throw in a few in your wallet. It’s great way to spread the word.
That’s a lot of cards, yes..I am also thinking. But really I do need them all.
I can’t attempt to list things a woman should carry in their purse, I don’t even know the things SMB carries in her’s. But whenever I needed something, from chapstick to toothpick, she always had it. My attempts to convince her in writing tips were turned down flat-out.
The things not to keep in your wallet as per the article on Yahoo I referred to at the beginning.
- Social Security Card
- Passwords/Pass codes
- Bank Checkbook
- Too Many Credit Cards
- Too Much Cash
- Gift Cards/Certificates
- Jewelry or USB Devices
Here’s what I do
Social Security Card and Passport – A strict no-no. For some reason I did that for initial couple of months after getting the card. Since people started frowning upon me, I stopped it. If you are carrying this in wallet, keep it at home immediately.
Passwords/Pass codes – It stored electronically on my laptop(encrypted) and on our offline external hard drive.
Your Checkbook – SMB carries a cancelled check, just in-case some one needs our checking account details. We do not carry checkbook with us.
Too Many Credit Cards – I am guilty of that. I carry all active credit cards I have. I need your suggestion on this. Should I continue to carry all my credit card? Please suggest.
Too Much Cash – I don’t carry, SMB doesn’t either. If you lose your wallet, you’ll lose this money for sure.
Gift Cards/Certificates – SMB carries this in her purse. this comes handy during shopping trips.
Jewelry or USB Devices – Wallet is not the place for it, we don’t do it either.
Receipts – whatever I get of these I keep it in back pocket only to be clipped and stored at home for tax purpose. Though I have done standard deduction only, still I keep them hoping for itemized tax return next year.
What do you carry readers? Do you want to extend upon the advice?