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.

4301 Ricardo T. February 23, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Actually I don’t carry much stuff in my wallet – it’s quite compact. Usually its contents are:
- my credit card,
- my debit card,
- my health insurance card,
- my driver’s license,
- my club membership card,
- my university ID and
- some money.

4302 Damien February 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I’m a little bit ashamed to admit that my wallet tends to be packed with an assortment of dockets, cards, photos and 5 cent coins. I tend not to carry it on me unless I have to, but I have been thinking it’s time for a change..

4303 Chase Newburn February 23, 2012 at 10:58 pm

-cash
-I.D
-Hunter ed cert.
-debit card(s)

Thats about it.

4304 Zack February 23, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I typically carry my driver’s license, student ID, cash, debit card, Pilot coffee refill card, a couple of miscellaneous business cards, plus a periodic table and a paper icon card of the Resurrection of Christ. Upon reading this article, I got rid of a few unneeded business cards, an ATM card to an account with a few dollars in it, and a gift card with maybe $2 on it.

4305 Joe S February 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I recently made the switch from a bifold black leather wallet to a leather money clip with a few slots for cards. It helped slim down the unnecessary “Costanza” items and I can hardly tell its there.
I have debit, credit, ID, a few business cards, and generally some cash.

4306 Evan L February 24, 2012 at 12:14 am

I am one of those whose wallet is much too big, but just can’t seem to keep it down. Usual contents:
-drivers license
-university id
-cash
-credit cards (2x)
-debit cards (2x)
-insurance cards (2x)
-costco card
-gift cards (varies)
-pictures (2x)
-receipts (usually not many)

4307 Matt February 24, 2012 at 12:14 am

My wallet is the mini wallet that is supposed to fit inside of a larger one. It is made from leather and clear plastic, has been stretched to hold 3-4 ID/credit cards on each side, and some change (coins/bills usually lower than $10). It has a large tear on one side and a smaller one on the other. I love it though. What can I say, you travel light when you don’t have much to carry =)

4308 Eric February 24, 2012 at 12:17 am

Not to much in my wallet. Debit and credit cards, airmiles card, drivers licence and my Journeyman Carpenter ticket.

4309 Jake February 24, 2012 at 12:24 am

I have a leather bifold wallet. In it I have a few pictures of my wife, occasionally some cash, a calling card, two credit cards, a debit card, two forms of ID, and a whole mess of membership / rewards cards.

4310 Eugene February 24, 2012 at 12:33 am

Money, IDs, two credit cards and the insurance card are a requirement. I really like to keep my wallet thin but settled on carrying around a SwissArmy card. This way it’s always on me and its assortment of tools often comes in very handy.

4311 Chris M February 24, 2012 at 1:00 am

I actually carry a money clip with my license, 2 debit cards, my student I.D. and cash. Everything else stays in the car so it’s nearby, but not weighing me down.

4312 Justin February 24, 2012 at 1:04 am

I like to keep my wallet contents to a minimum. This post made me look through it to make sure I wasn’t carrying any excess. I had my driver’s license, debit card, credit card, one cash bill and a fortune from Chinese food.

4313 Shelby February 24, 2012 at 1:29 am

I keep it simple. I have a black leather bi-fold that only carries cash, a debit card, my driver’s license, and my health insurance card.

4314 matt February 24, 2012 at 1:34 am

i keep all the basics
driver’s liscense
military id
money
a few credit cards
a phone card
a few reciepts from time to time
thats about it.

4315 Mike February 24, 2012 at 2:19 am

Driver’s license
Eagle Scout ID
Cash
Debit card
FSA card
Work credit cards
Health insurance card
Assorted membership cards that are used regularly
Receipts, emptied regularly

4316 Morgan February 24, 2012 at 2:54 am

Especially after the holidays, I find myself stuck with a large number of gift cards. Any suggestions on where to convert these to cash or condense them in some other way?

4317 Timothy Poulose February 24, 2012 at 2:54 am

Cash-when I have some
Amex card
Bank debit card
Stowaway spacepen
Student ID
Airport ID and crew card.

4318 Timothy Poulose February 24, 2012 at 2:55 am

Cash when I have some
Amex card
Bank debit card
Stowaway spacepen
Student ID
Airport ID and crew card.

4319 Timothy Poulose February 24, 2012 at 2:56 am

Cash when I have some
Amex card
Bank debit card
Stowaway spacepen
Student ID
Airport ID and crew card

4320 Joseph P February 24, 2012 at 4:01 am

In my wallet, I carry..
State ID
School ID
Train Pass (and a spare one with money on it just in case)
A Trojan2GO
Debit Card
A $10 Bill (again just in case)
And thats usually it. Ever. Ahaha

4321 stephen b February 24, 2012 at 4:12 am

i carry in my wallet:
money
debit card
student ID
drivers license
copy card
picture of mom and brother
at christmastime

4322 berkut February 24, 2012 at 4:42 am

cash
pool card
credit cards
1.8” x 2.4” polaroids
id
business cards

4323 Dewayne Smith February 24, 2012 at 6:50 am

I keep my wallet simple and light – debit card, credit card, cash, photo ID and some business cards.

I’d love a slimmer wallet though.

4324 Doug February 24, 2012 at 7:13 am

credit
cash
photo
id

that’s it.

4325 Hal McCabe February 24, 2012 at 9:29 am

I carry cash, a few cards, my driver’s license and my concealed carry permit, despite the fact that I never actually carry a gun. (It’s nice to know I CAN, I just don’t ever find myself in a situation where I would want or need to)

4326 Maxman February 24, 2012 at 9:54 am

I really like this article i own a small bi-fold the wife gave me as a gift…i let her get a LV bag and she got me a LV wallet….

4327 Fraz Ismat February 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

Credit cards, ATM cards, ID, medical cards for myself & child, receipts from the last month or so, business cards from local businesses, and a few gift cards.

Of course, I didn’t have my OWN business card when I needed it, and I hardly have any cash on hand…

4328 Jared February 24, 2012 at 10:51 am

Classic Coach bi-fold.
1 credit card
1 debit card
License and a few business cards.

4329 Greg Roush February 24, 2012 at 10:52 am

I regularly review what’s in my wallet: if I haven’t used it recently, I take it out and put it in my desk, keeping the information or photo on my phone. Current contents:

- personal debit card
- work credit card
- ID
- library card
- half a dozen business cards
- a couple receipts I haven’t filed yet

4330 Brian February 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

wallet has:

moneys
cards
id
connies
rantons
club cards
stobtoks

4331 John February 24, 2012 at 11:04 am

What a mess:
- (4) Insurance Cards
- Performance Bike membership card (can’t they look that up phone number?)
- NC Brewers Guild membership (expired)
- Voter Registration
- Business Cards (mine + other random folks)
- Receipts
- Blank check
- License
- (2) credit cards
- debit card
- $2 paper money

4332 Frank Earl February 24, 2012 at 11:11 am

Entirely too much.

3 Debit Cards
ID
Couple of business cards
Costco Membership
Sam’s Club Membership.
Wal-Mart “Gift” Card (With Fuel being 3-10 cents cheaper…)
Cash on hand, incl. some emergency reserve money…
Auto Liability Ins. Card.

4333 Frank Earl February 24, 2012 at 11:16 am

As a suggestion to all you gents that can’t seem to get their billfolds slimmed down: My Chiropractor showed me that my hips were out of alignment by the thickness of my then bulging wallet and suggested that I get a front-pocket wallet. Sound advice- as soon as I did that and winnowed out the CRAP I had been carrying, I had less back problems.

In truth, you don’t need anything remotely resembling what most people carry in their back pockets- and it’s better if you can manage to slim it down to all fit in one of the slim or super-slim wallets and carry it in your front pockets.

4334 Coleton Hanson February 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

Not a whole lot

Spare key for the car
State ID
1 Debit Card
A great picture of the family
2 gift cards
health insurance card

4335 matthew erley February 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

My wallet needs to stop growing…!

Business Cards
Receipts
CC’s
Not much cash!

I’ve started wearing my wallet in my front pocket to combat the “butt bulge” in my back pocket!

4336 Daniel French February 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

This encouraged me to clean out my wallet but now the old leather that used to be bulging is all stretched out and loose so I could use the new one. Here’s what I’m down to now:

drivers license
debit card
cash
car insurance card
cincinnati reds pocket schedule

4337 Jeremy February 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I like the idea of ditching insurance cards until you need them. Maybe I’ll switch them to my messenger bag somewhere. Also in there:

license
Half Acre growler stamp card
debit card
credit card
moosehead bottle opener (credit card shaped aluminum flat opener, my favorite thing in there)
voter registration
emergency cta card
starbucks gift card

4338 Brent February 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Cash, visa, amex, drivers licence, health card, debit card, business cards

4339 William Marshall February 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I carry…
money
driver’s license
debit card
Kroger card
Pictures of the wife
and some gift cards, you never know when you may randomly go to a restaurant. I love a free meal

4340 Joe Jackson February 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm

-Two credit cards
-discount cards… need to rectify that apparently
-ID
and cash

Pretty simple and straight forward.
P.s. I love the site!

4341 Alexander February 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I only carry the amount of money I am willing to spend, especially on a night out.

4342 Jack February 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I carry cash, my debit card, and my school ID. I keep it simple.

4343 Rob February 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I actually keep a very limited amount of stuff in my wallet as I do not want a real George Costanza wallet. I have my:
-drivers license
-LDS temple recommend
-debit/credit cards for both accounts
-student ID
-cash

Everything else I may need stays in my car.

4344 Scott February 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm

as you said/suggested I carry the 1 debit/1 credit card 3-4 business cards, drivers license, lifetime hunting/fishing license (gotta have that!!) – never know when you need to hunt or fish with your bare hands…right?! insurance card and that’s it. here’s tip though – between your debit and credit cards put a business card to keep the strips from wearing out. i have a money clip that has 3 pockets so you can only fit so much.

4345 Peter LeGrand Bourgeois February 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I carry the usual…:
-Cash
-Credit Cards
-Business Cards
-Pictures of Loved Ones

…and the unusual:
-motorcycle key
-plans drawn with my best friend on a note card in 7th grade(11 years ago) for a 24-hour donut shop
-Wendy’s free-frosty key chain card

4346 Andy S. February 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I carry a traditional leather billfold. It’s thick, even when empty, but I don’t mind too much as I usually wear jeans as well. I carry about 30 bucks in smaller bills, my university ID, my driver’s license, one credit card, 1 debit card, and against advice, my library card. I often visit the library spontaneously, and it is quite thin and not much of a burden, so i must disagree with that bit a advice.

4347 Salvatore February 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I carry a hole in my wallet where money falls out.

4348 John McLaughlin February 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Well I personally have:

ID
Debit Card
Company Credit Card
Multiple Loyalty Cards
and occasionally cash

After reading this post i kinda feel like i need to cull the loyalty cards though

4349 Kyle F. February 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I carry cash, drivers license, debit card, business cards, and my college i.d.

4350 Taylor B. February 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm

My wallet holds a few important things, my driver’s license, debit card, cash and my motorcycle insurance card.

4351 Sean February 24, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Debit Card
Credit Card
Auburn Student ID
Auburn Ignited Card
Health Insurance Card
Cash
Drivers License
Hunting License

4352 Clinton February 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Just recently purged my wallet when I received a money clip as a gift. I’ve since moved back to a bifold (metal damaged some work pants), but the contents are the same:
- Debit Card
- Credit Card
- ID
- Metro card
- Starbucks card
- a few receipts
- a gift card to a restaurant near work

4353 Pedro T. February 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I carry in my wallet:
- money
- credit card
- gym card
- I.d. & Driver’s license
- earplugs & one guitar pick (I’m a musician, it’s to go item)
- College Erasmus card (great for discounts at various places)
- My barber shop card ( yeah, it’s kind of useless)

4354 Jeff February 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Debit card
Credit card
ID
Bus pass
Gym pass
and my Homebrewers Association card.

That’s about it.

4355 Jeremy February 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I carry: cash, student card, driver’s license, debit card, 2 credit cards, health card, and payphone card.

4356 Christopher M February 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I’m glad this article was written. Just the other day I spoke with my team about the importance of keeping a streamelined wallet. We all emptied our wallets to clean them out, and this is what wa in mine.

Drivers license
Work ID
Credit card
Easy to use cash. $10, $5, and 5 $1′s

4357 Dave B February 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I use my wallet (bifold from Wilson’s) for spending cash, credit cards, Driver’s license, a few business cards. Trying to keep it thin!

4358 dfc February 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I have been carrying slim wallets for a long time. We actually made some out of old playing cards and duct tape for backpacking trips to carry id, credit card, and $20 bill. Not pretty, but very thin and light weight!

4359 Josh P February 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Ive got a debit, atm, credit, and work travel card, work ID, student ID, drivers lisence, work drivers license, club card, insurance card, MSF card, beer club card, and a military coin…it gets pretty dang thick

4360 LonnieG February 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I carry very little in my wallet actually…
Basic dark brown leather wallet that I’ve had for about 5 years
Drivers Liscense
Insurance card
About 3 pics of the wife and 5 kiddos
Debit card(don’t even have a credit card)
A couple business cards
And usually no more than $20 cash

4361 chad February 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm

not enough cash is what I have in my wallet

4362 chad February 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm

not enough cash is what I have in my wallet.

4363 Jeremy February 24, 2012 at 9:46 pm

My wallet is a trifold that I keep in my front pocket, a little on the larger side for front pockets but…
I keep cash of course, driver’s license, debit card but not a credit card, and also a Spyderco Spydercard.

4364 Kyle K February 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm

My student ID, drivers license, cash, debit card, credit card, a folding military-issue can opener, and my paramedic certification.

4365 Matthee February 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm

A small flashlight is indispensable in a man’s pocket!

4366 Jason Martin-Tardy February 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I carry very little but I previously used a slim wallet that had a money clip but now embarrassingly it’s my bus pass holder. I just have my drivers liscense, debit card, & current bus pass. Cash is usually stashed away in the pocket of my moleskine which is kept in my jacket pocket

4367 khulk February 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Well, I used to carry an absurd number of various cards, but thanks to the tips on this page I’ve now limited it to:

-cash (usually around $40-50)
-credit card
-debit card
-university id
-license

4368 Greg February 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I try to keep it to the very minimal:
Debit Card
University ID
Driver’s License
Insurance Card (need this more times than I like to admit)
Cash

4369 Paul February 25, 2012 at 12:08 am

I had to go the super slim wallet path. My wallet collected too much crap. It was amazingly wonderful to be able to ditch most of the stuff I carried!

4370 Daniel February 25, 2012 at 12:24 am

Only the bare essentials:
-Cash
-Debit Card
-Driver’s license
-Blood Donor card
-Subway Card (ESSENTIAL!)

4371 Mr. Blather February 25, 2012 at 12:41 am

I try to carry as little as possible, but I break it into two wallets:

Pass/ID case:
–Train Pass
–Phone Card
–Shopping Card with 500 yen.

Wallet:
–ID
–Two credit cards
–Debit Card
–Insurance Card
–ATM Card
–Point card for my favorite camera shop.

I keep my cash in my front pocket.

4372 Yasitha February 25, 2012 at 1:46 am

National Identification card
Debit cards x2
cash

4373 NS February 25, 2012 at 7:28 am

Would be carrying less than the wallet’s worth–unless, of course, cost of education is included with the University ID card.

4374 Todd February 25, 2012 at 9:07 am

My wallet contains pretty standard items:
- cash
- drivers license
- credit card
- debit card
- family pics

The not-so-standard items:
- a band-aid (it’s amazing how often one is needed)
- frequent customer card (ice cream, wings, burritos, etc.)
- temple recommend (LDS)

4375 sugapablo February 25, 2012 at 9:55 am

My wallet typically is fatter than I would like. As I try to keep it down to bare essentials, some things really are required. As many of my errands are done on foot (groceries, library, etc.) as I live in a walking neighborhood in the city (which I LOVE), leaving things in the car is not a good option.

I have it pretty manageable though and have yet to embarrass myself a la George Costanza. :)

P.S. I have a Saddleback Leather bi-fold that’s fantastic. :)

4376 bart February 25, 2012 at 10:09 am

I go for the bare minimum:

- ID
- Credit card
- Debit card
- The picture of my lovely fiance

4377 Peter February 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

Good tips about keeping cards in car.

4378 Peder Rude February 25, 2012 at 10:44 am

I’ve gone minimalist in multiple ways and right now carry a plastic front pocket wallet (made in USA). However, I feel it’s more for a younger crowd and isn’t that presentable for me. I’ve had a hard time finding a nice looking, manly, leather front pocket wallet. I currently carry my debit card, drivers license, at least one Jackson, and my university ID card (working towards PhD).

4379 Michael February 25, 2012 at 11:28 am

I (to be honest) carry a little too much in my wallet: government ID, school ID, work ID, cash, transit cards, library card, credit cards, and a few frequent shopper cards. The space adds up surprisingly quickly — I think I’ll go drop some of the frequent shopper cards right now.

4380 Ryon February 25, 2012 at 11:30 am

In my wallet I have
-debit cards
-DL
-Library card
-business cards that I don’t want to lose
-shopping cards
-receipts that I don’t want to lose
-One lucky 1886 silver dollar that was given to me by a very sweet lady

4381 Darren February 25, 2012 at 11:42 am

I don’t carry much more than is recommended in my wallet, but some items are still essential to have with me on a day-to-day basis:

Concealed Carry Permit(s)
Datacenter Access Card
Datacenter ID Card
Insurance Cards

4382 Lyudmila February 25, 2012 at 11:48 am

It will be money

4383 Calvin A February 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I keep as few items as possible.

- Drivers license
- Insurance card
- Debit card 2X
-Credit cards 3X
-Cash

A secretary for all additional cards, business cards, and receipts.

4384 LT February 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Best thing in my wallet is my Fisher Bullet space pen. I use a front pocket style wallet and keep the contents to a bare minimum.

Hate using OPP (other people’s pens).

4385 tDa February 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I keep the following items in my wallet:
- Driver’s license
- Bus card (commuting)
- Bus card receipt (so I can see when I have to renew it)
- Debit card
- Key card for work
- Insurance card
- Coins (yup) and notes
- A credit card shaped multitool; it takes up one slot, but is the thickness of about 2 cards. It’s come in handy countless times – this is where I bought it from (hopefully this won’t be misconstrued as spam): http://dx.com/stainless-steel-11-in-1-multi-functional-tool-card-2-pack-12590

4386 Stephen February 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Nothing but, driver’s license, credit card, cash, & business cards.

4387 Chris M February 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I keep everything I am apparently not supposed to keep in my wallet. Not to mention it is covered in duct tape. I will be clearing it out today, and hoping that I can replace it with one of these wallets. Specifically the iPhone wallet, since I will be getting one of those soon.

4388 D. Rodriguez February 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I carry two debit cards, license, and an iain Sinclair credit card knife in a “slim clip”.

4389 D. Rodriguez February 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I carry two debit cards, license, and an iain Sinclair credit card knife in a slim clip

4390 Kirby G. February 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Debit Card
Credit Card
Two ID’s
10 man cards
JOS A Bank Corporate Card
Two Gents Place Member VIP Referral Cards.

4391 Christopher February 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I’m really hard on everything I wear or carry with me. So I’ve had to work hard to find a wallet that can survive me.

I’ve hit upon double-stitched leather with the inserts/hinges made of nylon.

The EDC in my wallet includes:

-Driver’s License
-CCW
-3 Credit Cards
-Bank Card
-Health Insurance Card
-3 Club Cards
-2 Member rewards cards (yes, I use them every day)
-Hunting Permit
-NFA Paperwork
-I try to keep at least $50 in cash, but sometimes things are a little more sparse

I’m trying to get rid of a couple of the credit cards, and one of the club cards … We’ll see how it goes.

4392 Kevin Z February 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I’ve been meaning to slim down my wallet and this was a great article. it would be even greater to win one of the wallets… i’ve been looking at Saddleback Leather to see if they have something I like, too. I have one of their satchels and I love it!! Always looking for a good leather company.

4393 Anakalea February 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I am pleased with my new slim leather wallet, but it is not yet perfect, As a chiropractor, I preach about slimming your wallet to save your back. Two cards too thick and I will feel it in my back. Save your spine, slim-down your wallet.

4394 Pat H February 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm

2 id cards 3 credit cards and a couple bills

4395 Michael C.V. February 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Excellent advice. I can’t believe I didn’t think to keep stuff like membership cards in the car. I don’t need them all the time! I just now realize this? So thank you. My wallet has just lost some considerable bulk.
This article also points out that I am in dire need of a more handsome wallet like that Kenton Sorenson being given away…

4396 R. Smith February 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm

-2 credit cards
-cash
-ID
-2 business cards

4397 Carter February 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

ID, Carry permit, couple credit cards and that’s about it. I could probably slim down to the front pocket wallet or te iPhone wallet might be a good idea too.

4398 Chris Bryan February 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Driver’s license, Pilot’s license, Costco card, and a little cash. Gets the job done.

4399 Richard February 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I carry a tri fold wallet. I carry cash, my I.D., 1 debit card, 2 store reward cards, and a couple buisness cards. I HOPE I WIN THE WALLET!

4400 Richard February 25, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I carry my ID and cash. I hope I WIN THE WALLET???

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