A Man’s Wallet (+ Kenton Sorenson Wallet Giveaway)

by Antonio on February 14, 2012 · 4,523 comments

in Accessories, Dress & Grooming, Giveaway

Picture this: you’re talking to a small group of people.  Things are going great–in fact you feel this could really lead to something big.  Then someone asks for your business card.

You reach into your pocket and pull out……a huge lump of nylon and duct tape with tattered receipts and dozens of dollar bills sticking out from the corners.  Fumbling through the tightly wound ball of “important” items carried “just in case,” you finally manage to find a card after 5 minutes of searching. It’s marked up and bent, but hey–it’s a card, right?

Not a great impression, eh?

Photo credit – Ellisar over at Deviant Art

If you’ve had the same wallet since seventh grade, perhaps it is time to invest in something a little more mature and appropriate.

A gentleman’s wallet needs to be two things:

1) Functional

2) Presentable

Both of these have a lot to do with what you’re carrying, so get ready to clean house.

Functional:  What Your Wallet Needs

If you’re guilty of carrying around a George Constanza wallet, one that’s stuffed to the brim, waiting to explode and blow all your “important” papers to the wind, then you really should consider going through your wallet and stripping it down to its bare essentials. Because not only does an overstuffed wallet look kind of silly when you pull it out in public, it also does a number on your clothing and appearance when it’s being carried around in your pocket. A giant wallet in the back pocket of your pants makes sitting down uncomfortable and your backside look like it’s growing an unsightly tumor. Carrying an overstuffed wallet in your coat pocket weighs you down on one side, making the jacket’s shoulders a little lopsided. And regardless of the pocket you put it in, a heavy wallet will create creases that shorten the lifespan of the garment.

So if you want to streamline your wallet, how do you figure out what should stay and what should go? Here are some suggested guidelines:

Items Every Gentleman’s Wallet Should Have

CashAlthough credit cards and other forms of electronic payment have become dominant in how we exchange money, cold hard cash is still widely accepted and in some instances preferred.  It’s fast, convenient, and from a vendor’s perspective has no processing fee (which is why you see discounts occasionally).   Cash is king when it comes to tips and paying for quick services where electronic payment forms require extra time and you would rather just pay and be on your way.

IdentificationStick to the bare minimum here.  A driver’s license/state identification card should be your default.  You may need a second ID for your job or school, but try to stop there.  No need to carry your international driver’s licenses or passport unless you’re in a foreign country.  And even then I prefer to keep a photocopy and leave my original in a hotel safe or other secure area.

Credit Cards - Carry 1-2 credit or debit cards.  Here is where a lot of people go overboard–in fact the average American has 7 cards!  You do not need to carry your Visa, Mastercard,  American Express, Discover, and 3 fuels cards with you at all times. However, I do like to carry both a debit and credit card.  Although my debit card can be used as a credit card, certain companies will not allow you to use it as a deposit card (car rental services when you are out of state–my experience).  Also the better credit cards offer a wide variety of protections not offered to debit card purchases.

Business Cards - Have them with you at all times–even if you’re unemployed or at a social event.  People want to connect, and no successful man is an island.  If you don’t have a specific title or position, get a set of calling cards with your name, phone number, and e-mail.  You don’t usually need more than a few in your wallet, as the ones here are for random opportune moments.  If you expect to be handing out more than 3, carry a business card case.  Carrying more than 5 cards in a wallet can build up bulk fast.   Although there are apps out there making business cards obsolete, adoption of the technology is still in its infancy.   Even at tech savvy events like SXSW in Austin I found less than 5% of people using the technology.

Photos of Loved Ones A great personal motivator and reminder to carry close, the only warning is that anything you carry in your wallet should be a copy–never the original.

Items to Leave Out of Your Wallet

Discount, club membership, library, and medical cards should be left at home unless you’re making a specific trip and know you’ll need them.  My wife and I actually have a system where we keep all these cards in our minivan (we have 2 vehicles–but I rarely use my truck).  In the event we need them and forgot to bring them in, we simply walk back out to the vehicle and retrieve them.

Social Security Card – This isn’t just wasted space; it’s a bad idea.  You don’t ever need this for I.D. purposes, except when you’re actually proving residency status for legal reasons.  Keep it somewhere safe at home–not in your wallet.

Condoms – Keeping condoms for long periods in your wallet only damages them.  If you need to have some on hand, store them in your vehicle.

Coins – Unless you’re in a country where coin usage is a larger part of society for transportation (I feel for you guys over in Europe)–leave the coins at home.  An exception to this is if you’re headed out to a bar and may possibly run into another military man–then carry a military coin so you can brandish it and have the first round bought by your new (or old) friend.

Receipts – If you like to keep them for your records, transfer them immediately from your wallet to a folder as soon as you get home.  Week to year old receipts don’t have any place in your pocket.

Technology Note

Just because I do not carry the above items does not mean I do not have access to the information.  Using my smart phone, I keep scanned copies of important cards and files on a secure cloud-based service which I can access from anywhere.  Just the other day I had a receptionist make a photocopy of my daughter’s medical insurance card that was displayed on my iPhone via Dropbox.  There are many ways to do this–just remember to think through the security of the system you set up.  A lapse of security here could easily lead to identity theft.

Presentability:  What a Good Wallet Looks Like

The Right Wallet for the Right Job

Not all wallets are created equal.  Your slim day-to-day billfold won’t hold larger papers and tickets when you travel.  A polyester and velcro wallet with your alma mater’s football insignia is fine for shopping on a Saturday but won’t make the best impression at a business lunch.

A quick overview of wallet styles–and yes, a man can own various styles that suit his particular needs:

Billfolds – Your basic bi-fold or tri-fold wallet in plain black leather is a reliable workhorse.  It’s perfectly acceptable in just about any social or business setting and holds the daily essentials year after year.  Simple, elegant, timeless.  Your go-to wallet.

Below is a neat one from an Esty craftsman who will customize the handmade wallet with a quotation of your choice:

Sport Wallets – Usually made from a synthetic weave, these wallets are made in brighter colors and with features for men who need to ensure the contents of the wallet stay put.  They also can feature straps to secure them to the individual, can be water resistant, and utilize velcro and zippers.  Reserve these wallets for times when their functionality is a requirement–not when wearing a dinner jacket.

Super Slim Wallets – Recently I’ve seen the rise of simple and slim wallets.  Some are made from leather, but can only hold at most a few cards and bills.  Others are made from paper-thin, ultra-strong materials and are almost an empty form given shape by the wallet contents.  The goal is the same–make the wallet smaller and a man will by necessity carry less.  A good philosophy, and one I recommend for those who can’t seem to keep their traditional billfolds slim.

Kenton Sorenson Card Wallet

Money Clip – Often underrated, metal clips are even slimmer than wallets and can be eye-catching if you find a good one.  They also fit better in a jacket pocket than most billfolds. If you’re looking for one that’s truly unique, search Etsy.com for hundreds of interesting handmade options. There are even money clips out there like the one below that double as knives!

Creditor Carbon Fiber Money Clip Knife

Travel Wallets – These are usually built larger to accommodate tickets and international passports.  They also come with an attached clip or neck thong to help prevent theft or misplacement.  Travel wallets aren’t practical for daily use, but they’re invaluable when you travel, especially as a family man carrying paperwork and IDs for 5 people.

Saddleback Passport Wallet

Wallet/Phone Case – You’ve got a handkerchief, pocket knife, wallet and goodness knows what else in your pockets (seriously, check out what AoMers carry in their pockets each day)…add in having to carry a phone as well, and things start to get pretty bulky. That’s why a wallet that doubles as a phone case can be a smart move.

Portel iPhone Wallet

Stylistically, each of these wallet types comes in an almost infinite range of builds and colors.  Your tastes might run anywhere from alligator skin to recycled materials, but just remember the darker and simpler the wallet, the more formal it is.

I recommend at least a plain leather billfold; beyond that let your personal tastes be your guide.  A little character never hurt a man’s wallet — as long as it’s kept functional and stylish.

Have Tony talk you through the post:

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The Kenton Sorenson Wallet Giveaway

If your current wallet needs to be replaced with something nicer, you’re in luck. Kenton Sorenson is giving away one of their handsome wallets to one lucky AoM reader.

Kenton Sorenson’s leather goods are crafted in the USA with pure vegetable-tanned leather from a 130-year-old Midwestern tannery. Each article is cut, oiled, conditioned with beeswax, and hand-stitched using a heavy thread. The wallets feature simple, timeless designs, and the light leather is made to darken over time.

What’s Up for Grabs

Any of the wallets available in Kenton Sorenson’s collection, from their front pocket wallet ($90) to their classic wallet ($100) to their iPhone wallet ($140).

How to Enter

Leave a comment on this post sharing what you carry in your wallet. It might take awhile for your comment to appear–please be patient and do not submit multiple comments.

One winner will be randomly drawn from the comments. Giveaway ends February 27, 2012 at 12:00 am CST.

UPDATE: Contest is Closed. Winner will be announced on the AoM Trunk.

4201 Brandon Cassel February 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I keep a debit and credit card along with my drivers license in my wallet. I have a few business cards in there as well. I am guilty of carrying a wallet held together with duct tape but have had a difficult time finding a wallet that is sophisticated and manly without excess. These wallets look amazing.

4202 Brandon Cassel February 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I keep a debit and credit card along with my drivers license in my wallet. I also have a few business cards. I am guilty of carrying a wallet held together with duct tape but have had a difficult time finding a wallet that is sophisticated and manly without excess. These wallets look amazing.

4203 Brandon Cassel February 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I keep a debit and credit card along with my drivers license in my wallet. I also have a few business cards. I am guilty of carrying a wallet held together with duct tape but have a difficult time finding a wallet that is sophisticated and manly. These wallets look amazing.

4204 Brandon Cassel February 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I keep a debit and credit card along with my drivers license in my wallet. I also have a few business cards. I am guilty of carrying a wallet held together with duct tape. These wallets look amazing.

4205 Paul February 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I carry:
Drivers license
Debit card
Insurance card
Membership card
Gift card

Thank you.

4206 Andrew February 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I keep it simple– money, credit cards, and ID.

4207 Devin February 22, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Wow. I need a new wallet. My old one is duct-taped together, and currently has cash, gift cards, a debit card, a prepaid phone card, free sandwich cards, a few free games of bowling, a library card, spare key, recites, checks, my business card, a tea bag, and a condom (oops). Plus the whole thing is held together with a couple of rubber bands.

4208 Brandon February 22, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I have a wallet made out of duct tape (custom/ghetto wallet FTW) which I use to carry around empty gift cards, debit card to an account with $1.37, and a condom (Y) (always prepared). As you can see, I need, but do not posses the resources for, a new wallet.

4209 blue February 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm

My current wallet I’ve had for over a decade, and it used to belong to my father who hadn’t been using it for years before I decided to put it to good use, so… yes, I think I’m due for a new wallet anytime now!

In my wallet, one can find… bills, some coins (usually change), my credit card, library card, medicare card, student ID, book-store discount card, and my school’s emergency helpline card… some blank papers folded up in case I need to jot down something, old receipts…

4210 Rob February 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm

ID
Debit Card
Insurance Card
Cash
Miraculous Medal that belonged to my grandmother

4211 Joe February 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I carry my driver lic and a state issued ID just in case. A debit card and credit card. 2-3 business cards and some cash.

4212 John K February 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm

In the wallet:

Credit Card
Debit Card
Subway Card
Driver’s License
Fire Starter
CVS Rewards Card
Cash
Ka-Bar Last Ditch Knife

Not so bad, closes fine, pretty thin. Real beat up though. A cheap wallet.

4213 Mike February 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

ID, 2 credit cards, atm card, insurance card, cash, recent reciepts

4214 Scott B February 22, 2012 at 11:28 pm

On quick comment on the SSN card. I work for a company that works closely with the military and if you don’t have a CAC or other military ID you almost always need a second form of ID to get on the base

That being said:

personal debit cards, company credit cards, insurance cards (both personal and fleet), laminated pictures of my wife, my buisness cards, Just one club card with all my shopping cards on it (great way to cut down on wallet clutter), a small laminated copy of Benjamin Franklin’s 13 virtues, NRA membership card, NDIA membership card.

I think that’s it

4215 Brian S February 22, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I keep:

Credit cards
Drivers license
Cash
Gym Membership
Medical Card

But sometimes it gets waaaay out of hand !

4216 David Kindler February 22, 2012 at 11:47 pm

The usual stuff and a small pearl I discovered in an oyster.

4217 Geo. February 23, 2012 at 12:06 am

I carry the minimum – driver’s license, cash, healthcare card, credit card.

4218 Alex February 23, 2012 at 12:49 am

I carry my drivers license, school ID, debit card, credit card and a small amount of cash.

4219 Colton Vermillion February 23, 2012 at 1:38 am

I’m carrying cash, my driver’s license, my recently obtained motorcycle permit (which is folded up and quite bulky unfortunately), my college I.D., 1 debit, 1 credit, and a picture of my beautiful girlfriend. The Kenton Sorenson wallet fits my taste perfectly.

4220 Benjamin Gow-Lee February 23, 2012 at 2:16 am

I carry some cash, Driver’s license, library card, a Debit card, and a school identification card. I also carry a medical insurance card a band-aid.

4221 Pierre February 23, 2012 at 2:38 am

Really simple:
- debit card
- credit card
- cash
- ID
and some times to times: some business cards.

4222 Luke February 23, 2012 at 3:13 am

I carry debit card, credit card, ID card, three medical cards, assorted business cards.

4223 JT Craft February 23, 2012 at 3:34 am

I carry my Masonic membership card and my voter registration card. One to remember I must always better myself as a man and the other as the tool I influence others to be better men. You decide which is which.

4224 Nate Schaff February 23, 2012 at 4:02 am

I keep way too much in my wallet. Cards, cash, receipts. I need to downsize.

4225 Justin February 23, 2012 at 4:31 am

I carry cash, debit card, credit card, drivers licence and my military ID. No military coins though…

4226 Doug February 23, 2012 at 5:18 am

Biker-type wallet…Plain black leather, with a chain and belt loop. Cash, Driver’s License, Concealed Carry Permit, and my debit card.

4227 Jake February 23, 2012 at 6:00 am

2 credit cards, license, recommend, single $20 bill for emergencies

4228 Ryan February 23, 2012 at 6:15 am

Heavens, I carry quite a lot in my wallet. Unfortunately there’s a bit of contraband in there as well (according to AoM).
*License
*Blood donor card
*Bank account identification
*Library Card
*Expired gym membership card
*Expired college identification card
*Debit card
*Two store discount cards
*A miniature Bible
*Someone’s business card
*Cash
*Account balance slips

4229 Mathew February 23, 2012 at 6:17 am

I carry cash, a debit card, drivers license, college ID, concession bus pass and any lay-by receipts that I need to pay off, so I don’t forget them!

4230 Damon February 23, 2012 at 6:18 am

Too much. My black Coach bi-fold contains:
DL, ins card, AAA card, Visa, Amex, Discover, Costco, gas rewards cards x2, 10 euros, $20.

4231 Timothy February 23, 2012 at 6:19 am

I carry the basics: cash, credit cards and driver’s license with a special spot for collecting business cards.

4232 Shaun February 23, 2012 at 7:54 am

I carry fake dollar bills.

4233 Trent February 23, 2012 at 8:29 am

Cash, credit cards, ID, photos of loved ones

4234 Steve February 23, 2012 at 8:53 am

Well the fact that my left cheek is two inches higher than my right when I sit on my wallet was a clear sign that I have too much junk contained within and this piece was just the incentive to clean house.
What I got rid of…
Dave and Busters power card
3 old hotel rewards cards
2 airline rewards cards
2 grocery store rewards cards
1 old library card
2 medical cards
1 gas station rewards card
What I’m keeping in…
Debit card
1 new library card
ID
Cash
Picture of my bride
Picture of my kiddos
Wow now I really need a new Kenton Sorenson wallet since the old one is flaccid and outstretched!

4235 Brad C. February 23, 2012 at 9:16 am

I usually carry my driver’s license, debit card, AAA card, student ID, Kroger card, and concealed carry permit. (And a few gift cards to restaurants that I keep planning to use, and somehow never do.)

4236 Josh February 23, 2012 at 9:42 am

I carry ID, debit card, some business cards, a Starbucks card, a metrocard, some bills.

4237 Josh February 23, 2012 at 9:44 am

I carry ID, debit card, some business cards, a Starbucks card, a metrocard, and some bills.

4238 Josh February 23, 2012 at 9:45 am

I carry ID, a debit card, some business cards, a Starbucks card, a metrocard, some bills.

4239 Josh February 23, 2012 at 9:45 am

I carry an ID, debit card, some business cards, a Starbucks card, a metrocard, some bills.

4240 Josh February 23, 2012 at 10:16 am

I carry ID, debit card, some business cards, Starbucks card, a metrocard, some bills.

4241 Josh February 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

I carry ID, a debit card, some business cards, a Starbucks card, a metrocard, and some bills.

4242 lyle parratt February 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

I tend to carry way too much. I am a Geroge. I have currently debit card, credit card personal and work, always have work receipts, medical insurance cards, sams card, drivers licence, pics of son and wife, buisness cards and the kitchen sink. Trying to limit myself so I need a new wallet!

4243 Jaime February 23, 2012 at 11:17 am

I keep the usual:
Credit/Debit Card
Cash
Photos
Old torn up busIness cards
Gift card with 5 bucks ( I had it for a LONGGG time lol)

And some unusual stuff
5 cent Euro
Old Mexican 100 Peso
2 dollar bill (for luck haha)

4244 Andrew February 23, 2012 at 11:20 am

slim wallets all the way

4245 Jaime February 23, 2012 at 11:22 am

I keep the usual
Credit/Debit Card
Cash
Photos
Old torn up busIness cards
Gift card with 5 bucks – I had it for a LONGGG time lol

And some unusual stuff
10 cent Euro
Old Mexican 100 Peso
2 dollar bill – for luck haha

4246 Jaime February 23, 2012 at 11:23 am

I keep the usual
Credit/Debit Card
Cash
Photos
Old torn up busIness cards
Gift card with 5 bucks – I had it for a LONGGG time lol
10 cent Euro
Old Mexican 100 Peso
2 dollar bill – for luck haha

4247 Jaime February 23, 2012 at 11:23 am

I keep the usual
Credit-Debit Card
Cash
Photos
Old torn up busIness cards
Gift card with 5 bucks – I had it for a LONGGG time lol
10 cent Euro
Old Mexican 100 Peso
2 dollar bill – for luck haha

4248 Austin February 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I’d love one of the beautiful front pocket wallets, been thinking about trying to get rid of that horrible back pocket tumor. I have a chunky wallet to begin with, but also some strange stuff.

4 dollars, 2 halves of a half 10 dollar bill, ID(student and state), numerous gift cards with unknown value, AAA bail bonds and member card, 2 credit cards, discount cards, bus card, check for emergencies, spare car key, and a USB flash drive (a thin one).

Wow,
Austin

4249 GCRaya February 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Mine is pretty slim. Debit Card, Costco AMEX, License, Starbucks Gold Card, Business Cards. Sometime I have cash, but not always. I need to carry it more often.

4250 fernando solis February 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

cash
debt card
id
matches

4251 Rafal Sperz February 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I carry a very low profile bifold which has a spring in the middle to hold notes. So inside I have roughly 50 euro, a credit card, debit card, national ID, driver’s license, gym card and a few sim cards. Oh and an old worn ace of spades that i got from a friend and i’ve been carrying it for around 10 years.

4252 Justin Clark February 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I have my ID, credit cards, debit cards (business and personal) a couple of rewards cards, student id, some business cards, atm card and a banking info card. Its a black leather Fossil bifold I got for fathers day last year and is already starting to show signs of wear.

4253 Emilio Ares, Jr. February 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm

In my wallet I have, $20 cash, My debit card, My credit card, My license and my auto insurance card. That’s about it. I try to keep my wallet tidy. My mother taught me a long time ago about the importance of a nice looking wallet. She told me “Believe it or not, people actually notice those small details about you and if you are on a date and you pull out a ratty looking wallet, she will be less likely to go on a second date with you.” Since then I’ve tried to put my best foot forward, especially when out on the town with my gal.

4254 Mike February 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I don’t do a good job of keeping my wallet cleaned out. I’ve got my ID, debit and credit cards and some familiy pics, but I also have several random cards, like my library card and drug store cards. I absolutely hate the key-chain cards, so I tend to keep the wallet-sized ones. I think I need to start leaving those in the car, though…

4255 Andrew VanLoon February 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm

insurance card, drivers license, CPL, debit card, loyalty cards, paramedic license, four leaf clover encased in lamination.

4256 Garrett Komyati February 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I currently use the clear plastic gatefold picture-holder attachment as my actual wallet. It is unpresentable, but i am always concerned with having extra weight and bulk in my pockets. These slim wallets you mentioned look wonderful. For now the clear plastic wallet holds 2 debit cards, 1 credit card, drivers license, rewards card to my favorite record store, and 2 distiguished gentleman AoM calling cards.

4257 Garrett Komyati February 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I currently use the clear plastic gatefold picture-holder attachment as my actual wallet. It is unpresentable, but i am always concerned with having extra weight and bulk in my pockets. These slim wallets you mentioned look wonderful. For now the clear plastic wallet holds 2 debit cards, credit card, drivers license, rewards card to my favorite record store, and 2 distiguished gentleman AoM calling cards.

4258 Garrett Komyati February 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I currently use s clear plastic gatefold picture-holder as my actual wallet. It’s unpresentable, but i’m concerned with having extra weight and bulk in my pockets. These slim wallets you mentioned look wonderful. For now the clear plastic wallet holds 2 debit cards, credit card, drivers license, rewards card to my favorite record store, and 2 distiguished gentleman AoM calling cards.

4259 Garrett Komyati February 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I currently use a clear plastic gatefold picture-holder as my actual wallet. It’s unpresentable, but i’m concerned with having extra weight in my pockets. These slim wallets you mentioned look perfect. For now the plastic wallet holds 2 debit cards, credit card, drivers license, rewards card to my favorite record store, and 2 distiguished gentleman AoM calling cards.

4260 Garrett Komyati February 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I use a clear plastic gatefold picture-holder as my actual wallet. It’s unpresentable, but i’m concerned with having extra weight in my pockets. The slim wallets you mentioned look perfect. For now the plastic wallet holds 2 debit cards, credit card, drivers license, rewards card to my favorite record store, and 2 distiguished gentleman AoM calling cards

4261 Garrett Komyati February 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I use a clear plastic gatefold picture-holder as my actual wallet. It’s unpresentable, but i’m concerned with having extra weight in my pockets. The slim wallets you mentioned look perfect. For now the plastic wallet holds 2 debit cards, credit card, drivers license, rewards card to my favorite record store, and 2 AoM calling cards

4262 Garrett Komyati February 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I use a clear plastic gatefold picture-holder as my actual wallet. It’s unpresentable, but i’m concerned with having extra weight in my pockets. The slim wallets you mentioned look perfect. For now i carry 2 debit cards, credit card, drivers license, rewards card to my favorite record store, and 2 AoM calling cards

4263 Garrett Komyati February 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I use a clear plastic gatefold picture-holder as my actual wallet. It’s unpresentable but weighs nothing. The slim wallets you mentioned look great. For now i carry 2 debit cards, credit card, drivers license, rewards card to my favorite record store, and 2 AoM calling cards

4264 Palmer February 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I am guilty of carrying to many cards. I have a Penny’s card, Master card, Visa (company gas card), club cards for everything, and the list goes on. I am also guilty of not carrying cash in my wallet. I usually put a twenty in my front pants pocket with my hanky and leave the cash compartment full of receipts. I guess that’s pretty typical.

4265 Garrett Komyati February 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I use a clear plastic gatefold picture-holder as my actual wallet. It’s unpresentable but weighs nothing. The slim wallets you mentioned look great. For now i carry 2 debit cards, credit card, drivers license, rewards card to my favorite record store, and 2 calling cards

4266 Garrett Komyati February 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I use a clear plastic gatefold picture-holder as my actual wallet. It’s unpresentable but weighs nothing. The slim wallets you mentioned look great. For now i carry a debit card, credit card, drivers license, rewards card to my favorite record store, and 2 calling cards

4267 Garrett Komyati February 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I carry a debit card, credit card, drivers license, rewards card to my favorite record store, and 2 calling cards

4268 Samuel Spencer February 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm

in my pockets i keep my smartphone, safe key, car key, car remote, file cabinet key, lighter, leatherman skeletool, altoids tin, carmex chapstick, earbuds, g-2 pen, and a beat up aluminum wallet with the obvious contents

4269 Ken McLaughlin February 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I have to say I truly enjoyed this section on wallets. I think to many men today neglect the importance of a wallet and the image or message they give when you pull it out. Great job and I would also love to win that wallet. Never can have enough good wallets.

4270 CJ Pomerantz February 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I used to have the Costanza wallet. I kept my DL, 4 credit cards, 2 debit cards, costco, library, and shooting range cards, AAdvantage, Emerald Club, delta skymiles, 2 starbucks cards, Old DL, and about a dozen business cards. I took out everything except for my DL, 1 personal and 1 business credit card, 1 debit card, and cash. Everything else is either in my desk or my glove box (depending on the security needed and the frequency of use). Only problem now is my wallet looks like an old sock.

4271 Garret H February 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I usually carry my id, debit card, a blank check, library card, and a business card.

4272 jake February 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Military ID
Drives License
Concealed Firearms Permit
Las Vegas Non-Gaming Card
Las Vegas T.A.M. Card
Government Travel Card
Debit Card
Smith’s Shopping Card
Fresh and Easy Shopping Card
United Blood Services Donation Card
Krav Maga Membership Card
A Silver Certificate Dollar
A Four Leaf Clover – given to me by my mother before my first deployment.
A Silver Dime
A Star From a Decommisioned American Flag – given to me by a WWII Vet to remind me I am never forgotten about.
A list of “I have’s” to remind me to never take my eyes off of my goals. Six Bucks to cover my breakfast and coffee tomorrow

4273 Mark G February 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Sadly, I carry more than I should in my wallet (before I spent a moment reading this post of course.)

I currently carry my driver’s license, motorcycle license, debit card, credit card, gas card, insurance information/cards, too many ‘reward system’ cards for varying stores, and my motorcycle registration.

Needless to say, not only will I be picking up a new wallet soon, but I’ll be a bit more careful as to how much I tote around!

4274 William Hanlon February 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I carry a debit card, visa, drivers license, picture of my Wife, trade qualification cards and my wallet also has a built in money clip.

4275 Elex Lee February 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm

My wallet contains different rewards cards for everyday necessity e.g. Safeway card. Also my credit card and my license and university ID.

4276 Mike February 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm

You forgot the most important thing Brett! A man should always carry around his health insurance card.

Along with that I carry my debit card, driver’s license, NRA membership card, buy 10 get 1 free pho punch card, and a $20 bill.

A man should never carry around a credit card because they only lead to impulse buying, and debt.

4277 Matt February 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Slim profile wallet…
ID, 4 cards, and some cash. That’s all.

Once upon a time my wallet was so stuffed with useless crap that my back hurt from sitting…. No more. Once I switched to the slim wallet, I never missed all that other stuff.

4278 Michael C February 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I probably out to cut back with what is inside. I have bills, credit cards, memberships cards, business cards, and receipts.

4279 Michael February 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I keep my personal credit and debit cards, business debit card, student ID, driver’s license, AAA card, and cash.

4280 Cornelius February 23, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Until this last month, my wallet held a catalogue of life documents from a Pokemon card given to me in 7th grade, to a receipt of that $200 bong I need not have bought in high school, and then the “undrivers” liscence that i commited to in college.

I’m 25 this month and lost my first and only trasured leather wallet. I’ve now succommed to a homebuilt “bumpersticker” wallet and indeed feel a rich loss of self and manliness.

4281 Austin February 23, 2012 at 7:47 pm

GIMME DAT WALLET

4282 Aaron February 23, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I typically carry by ID and a credit card along with cash.

4283 Caleb February 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I always carry as little as possible in my wallet, even though it spends the majority of its time somewhere in my Mission Workshop Fitzroy. The things I always keep inside are;
ID
student ID
ATM card
cash
business cards

4284 Jared February 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I only carry four cards. I carry one debit card, one credit card, a drivers license and an insurance card.

The rest of the card collection stays in a huge card wallet in my glovebox. 90% of the time if I need some other savings or membership card I keep it there and if it gets stolen I’m okay with it.

In terms of cash I carry a twenty and thee ones. All coin change goes to whatever charity box I see except quarter which I keep in the vehicle.

4285 J.P. February 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I have a black leather coach wallet. I keep cash, driver license, debit card, one credit card, gym ID card, 3 business cards, picture of my wife and my tailor’s business card.

4286 David Small February 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I made sure to get a wallet with a detachable dual ID card holder. As I was in the military it was slimmer and easier and I could put it in a pocket that was easier to reach, as I had a daily requirement to present/access my ID. I also carry a separate money clip and so I have some credit cards and some of those store program cards, as well as some business cards.

4287 Richard Knowles February 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I have a tan leather bifold wallet given to me by a friend a couple of years ago, that has the words ‘Bad Mother F*cker” embossed on it (Pulp Fiction is a favourite movie.) It contains: $86 in cash, 2 reciepts, a debit card, a credit card, a library card, a driver’s license, a fishing license, a medical insurance card, a dental insurance card, an American Registry of Radiologic Technologists license to practice, my AAA card, and a US Immigration Green Card (I have to carry that one so I don’t get deported.) Clearly, I need a smaller wallet.

4288 Adam February 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I currently have in my wallet: three shopping membership cards, 7 assorted gift cards, a debit card, a credit card, my medical insurance card, this week’s paycheck, a mini fresnel lens, and someone’s contact info. I clean it out on occasion, but without some extra cards it’s too loose to hold the important ones securely.

4289 carter February 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I carry the moneyclip wallet and have for years. I can’t stand a back pocket wallet.

4290 carter February 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I carry the moneyclip wallet and have for years. I can’t stand a back pocket wallet. I wish to win the wallet/iphone case. I don’t have an iphone yet but winning that wallet would give me a great excuse to buy one.

4291 JS1813 February 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I actually made my own wallet using the tutorial i found here on AoM. I made sure it had enough pockets to fit multiple buisness cards, my gas card, a credit card, CPR certification card, and a slot for cash

4292 Andy Skibba February 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I carry my Driver’s License, School ID, cash, debit card, gift certificates, and small amounts of change (about $1 or so) in my wallet. It’s not too wide with everything in it, and I make a conscious effort to keep it narrow.

4293 Daniel February 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I keep it simple:
driver’s license
credit card
$50 cash
And a couple pictures of my g/f and family

4294 Chris February 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Can’t leave home without your AAA card! I travel every week for work and the few discounts add up over a week stay at a hotel for several weeks in row.

Also in my money clip are my id, Mastercard, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield card.

4295 matt k February 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm

cash money
gift cards
debit
license
library card

4296 Michael Harrison February 23, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Debit card, credit card, license, Costco card, $20-40 in cash, and receipts from the day. Anything else goes in the suitcase/bag.

4297 Thomas Martinek February 23, 2012 at 10:13 pm

-Bank card
-Two credit cards
- NRA card
-Drivers liscence
-PADI divers card
-Starbucks card

4298 Anthony Dukes February 23, 2012 at 10:16 pm

debit card, driver’s license, military dependent’s ID, eagle scout card, and $10-20 in cash

4299 Joshua Dunkley February 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm

I have a single fold wallet. contents include:
Photo ID
membership card
debit card
credit card
library card
20 dollars in assoted bills
and an integrated memo pad just incase i need to jot down a note or reminder

4300 Stephen Cowart February 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Credit card, members cards, discount cards, driver’s license, teacher ID, fingerprint clearance card and that’s about it. Way to many random cards in there that I am going to take out.

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