I was never big into the TV show Seinfeld. That puts me in the American minority, but I share a trait with one of the show’s characters. George Costanza. He and I have giant wallets. It’s almost guaranteed that if I pull out my wallet in a group of 3 or more people someone will yell “Hey you have a Costanza Wallet!”
If you don’t know what I’m talking about (or just want to watch Seinfeld) check out this video:
I don’t carry a purse so it’s an easy catch-all for important things I don’t want to lose. Of course it’s gotten so big I can’t carry it in my back pocket without extreme discomfort so I either carry it in my front pocket or in my cargo pockets. Roughly annually, I’ll decided enough is enough and I’ll pull everything out of it and purge it a bit.
My wallet gets so stretched out that it takes a few days for the leather to shrink back and I’ll have cards just falling out because of all the extra room. I decided today was the day I needed to slim down. I took everything out and started sorting into a keep and a get rid of pile. I had receipts that were so old the ink was completely worn off, I literally have no idea what it was a receipt for.
I had several expired membership cards, a few zero-balance gift cards, a ton a receipts, old voter registration and library card from when we moved last year and a handful of expired coupons I never got around to using. All in all I was able to slim down quite a bit. Here is the pile of stuff I was able to get rid of:
I still don’t have the world’s slimmest wallet but as you can see by the after picture, I was able to reduce the thickness by almost half. I still probably won’t wear this in my back pocket as I have just gotten in the habit of not doing that, but if I wanted to, I don’t think it would require a trip to the chiropractor afterwards.
I’d love to hear how the guys who just have a tiny little money clip do it. I just have too much stuff that belongs in my wallet. Insurance cards, library cards, zoo and museum membership cards, hunting/fishing licence, AAA card, a few gift cards (Target & Home Depot), BJs Wholesale membership card. I guess I could keep all these cards in my nightstand drawer and just be mindful what I though I would need every time I left the house. But I’m sure inevitably I would forget and leave something I needed at home. It just seems so much easier to keep it all in my wallet.
To steal from CapitalOne. What’s in your wallet? Let me know, am I alone in the giant wallet club? Is it hip to have a clip? How do you roll?