What’s in your wallet? No, I’m not Samuel L. Jackson and this is not a Capital One commercial. Do you remember George Costanza’s wallet? It was bigger than his double cheeseburger. I’m not sure anyone has ever had a wallet to rival that one, but we’ve all needed to clean ours out from time to time. If you think thinning out your wallet is a good idea, here are five cards you should start with…
Credit Cards: Credit and debit cards are needed items, but thanks to technology, you don’t have to actually have them on hand to use them. Thanks to apps like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, you can store your credit and debit cards digitally and use your phone to pay at any point-of-sale that accepts near-field communication.
Loyalty Cards: If you’re often dealing with loyalty cards, you either have a wallet full of them or your keychain is completely filled with them. Either way, it’s time to lighten your load. Download an app like Key Ring and kiss those loyalty cards goodbye. I use Key Ring for everything from shopping to checking in at the gym.
Insurance Cards: A lot of insurance companies will now allow you to download a digital insurance card or access one through an app. Not only will this make your wallet a little lighter, but you won’t have to remember to swap out your car insurance card twice a year.
Social Security Cards: I have two thoughts on this one. First, you don’t want anyone getting your social security number, and if you lose your wallet, this could be dangerous. Second, I once had my social security card in my wallet next to a red card of some sort. After accidentally leaving my wallet in my pants and running it through the wash, I’ve had a pink social security card since that day.
Gift Cards: Gift cards are as good as cash. Unless you’re going to spend your gift card, don’t leave home with it. Once again, a lost wallet equals lost cash. Keep forgetting to take your gift card with you? Try an app like Gyft.