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What’s in My Wallet? I’ll show you…

PT Money asked me and a few other bloggers, “What’s in your wallet?” Well, I can tell you it’s not Capital One. Though not for lack of trying on their end…yet somehow their incessant spamming of my real mailbox turned me off when I was looking for a credit card. Hmm. Maybe less marketing = better.

wallet1.jpg This is my wallet. It’s not that exciting, nor was it particularly expensive. In fact, I feel like it came with a purse or something. It’s a little bulkier than I might like, but I don’t need to use it much so it works just fine for me.



And this is what you see when you open it. My most-used cards and my license…isn’t my DMV picture great?

It’s not too easy to get these cards out, but it works ok. My metro card, which I use most, is actually in the billfold because it spends so much time in my pocket. But it lives in here when it’s not in my pocket.



So these are my big 4–my CVS card, my Giant card, and my old and new debit cards (both currently working, I’ll remove the old one once the account is closed).

Also, in deference to my paranoia, I also have a card basically saying that if I’m in an accident people should call Micah’s number. I got the idea from my mom who has a whole list of medicinal interactions, allergies, and whatnot. With her cancer, for instance, adrenaline could send her into a shock. I don’t have anything like that, really, so it’s just a card for getting in touch with Micah because I’d want him to know.


Inside the billfold, there aren’t any bills, just gift cards, my Border’s rewards card, my SmarTrip metro card, my library of Congress card, and a sticky note with the Dewey Decimal number of a book I was looking for. I probably shouldn’t keep some of those gift cards in the wallet. My worry is that I’ll end up somewhere without them.


And as a bonus shot, this is what’s in my old college wallet…random stuff that’s no longer in date but that I haven’t yet gotten rid of. And another note about calling Micah. And, um, my old housemate’s library card. I should get that back to her.

So that’s it, folks. What’s in your wallet? I’m not going to name people for the meme because I don’t feel comfortable putting that pressure on you. If you want to play, just link back! (And I think photos are optional…but I had the camera on hand)

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Vicki February 6, 2008 at 3:58 pm

That’s so funny! From your current Giant card and DMV it looks like you live in NOVA, which I do, and your old library card looks like a Cumberland County PA library card! Which I also have. So, if it’s true, it’s a funny coincidence πŸ™‚

Aryn February 6, 2008 at 4:52 pm

I have one of those “in case of emergency” cards in my wallet, too. And I printed one for my hubby. Since we live in earthquake country, I have the numbers for my parents and his brother (none of whom live in our region) on the other side. That way if we can’t reach each other, we can both call my parents and report our whereabouts and safety.

Julie February 6, 2008 at 5:50 pm

No money?!

Also about the emergency thing, I’ve always heard that you should have “ICE” programmed into your cell phone. It stands for In Case of Emergency and apparently emergency responders know to look there for who to call. I have my parent’s home number, dad’s cell and mom’s work all in there so that they’ll have options.

You said that you shouldn’t keep those gift cards in your wallet in case you end up somewhere without them… do you go places without your wallet?

mrsmicah February 6, 2008 at 5:59 pm

I meant that I don’t want to take them out in case I end up without them. But I don’t think I should leave them in there in case they get lost or stolen…there’s no point unless I’m actually going somewhere.

Susan February 6, 2008 at 6:04 pm

I like the In Case of Emergency letter. I use “ICE” on my cell phone, but a letter isn’t a bad idea!
And I love the bright and cheerful DMV photo! πŸ˜‰

Christine February 6, 2008 at 6:43 pm

I have an emergency letter, too, although mine’s quite a bit longer: name, address, blood type, OHIP number (OHIP is the Ontario healthcare system), fatal allergy info, permission to perform cpr, and about six different phone numbers to call. It may be a bit paranoid… but then again, it may save my life one day. (Especially the allergy bit: if I’m hit by a car or something, it’s important that the EMS people don’t give me any penicillin, because I’ll die).

Lisa February 6, 2008 at 6:52 pm

I am not a big fan of purses, as I have forgotten them in far too many restaurants! Nothing like tracking down your lost purse repeatedly. So I try to fit everything into my pockets. Needless to say, I have pared down what I carry! Licence, charge card, debit card medical card. Oh, and emergency identification.


No, wait and keys.

Simple Tam February 6, 2008 at 8:18 pm

2 Credit cards (one is a gas card), 1 debit card, around $15 cash, license, business cards, Supercuts card, old student ID, library card, photo, stamps, notes from an old acquaintance, Giant card, office cafeteria card, EAD card, an expired debit card, someone’s address I had noted down a year back, some directions, grocery list from a couple weeks back… wow.. thanks for the post Mrs.M, I gotta clean up my wallet soon !

Fiscal Musings February 6, 2008 at 8:22 pm

My wife loves Borders. Fortunately she doesn’t go there all that often because she knows she’ll end up spending more money than what she thinks.

Jay February 6, 2008 at 8:35 pm

My daughter uses this: She wears it criss cross, has all the cards she might need, some cash and her cell phone. Very compact!
Have also heard that you can consolidate a lot of your club cards using this service:

Funny about Money February 6, 2008 at 9:52 pm

American Express card, doubling as a Costco card
Visa Card, bearing the emblem of my favorite left-wing journal, to which every purchase gives a kickback (cackle cackle!)
Great Desert University’s purchasing card, a variant of Visa
Safeway Club card, made out in the dog’s name with Safeway corporate office’s junk-mail address & telephone number
Basha’s Thank You card, registered to a fake name I don’t recall and a phone number I made up
Health insurance card
25% off next Talbot’s purchase, forgotten every time I go into the place
Driver’s license
AARP card
Great Desert University ID card
Emergency telephone numbers
Wad of receipts waiting to be entered in Excel
two pennies

πŸ™‚ I try to travel light. Wonder how much one of these darn club cards weighs, anyway?

Catherine L February 7, 2008 at 7:08 am

Mrs M – you have a heap of reward cards.

Inside my wallet – debit card, gym card – too many receipts and a heap of change.

Veteran Military Wife at Life Lessons of a Military Wife February 7, 2008 at 10:00 am

You may also want to keep a short list of what is in your wallet! I keep one in my car and one at home…have you ever lost your wallet or had it’s amazing how you forget EVERYTHING when you are in a panic. Plus, you’ll have all the numbers handy of your bank and credit card companies so you can call them immediately.

Here’s what I suggest you have in your wallet:

Funny about Money February 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Excellent suggestion, to have a list.

It’s a good idea to photocopy all the cards in your wallet, front & back. Keep the copy in a safe place–maybe somewhere other than home, so if you have a fire or a really thorough burglar, you can quickly find all the cards, account numbers, & phone numbers.

wealthy_1 February 7, 2008 at 7:58 pm
Cheap Wallets January 18, 2011 at 1:52 am

Well You are showing things of your wallet. It is good in that perspective that people know that how can they fix their small things in their wallets.

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