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:


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.

4401 Rishabh Sharma February 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

The contents of my wallet are quite simple!

1. AMEX Premiere Gold Card
2. BofA Debit Card
3. $80 CASH
4. ID [Work/School/State]
5. Metro Card
6. A folded up post-it note that has a quote that helps me kick ass, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”

Hope I win the wall! :D


4402 michael February 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I carry a money clip / slim wallet combo, in it is my license, health card, office access card, 1 debit and 2 credit cards, and some cash. I try and carry as little as possible, and typing that out it seems like I should be able to get by with less. I sense a purge coming.

4403 Ryan Booker February 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I try to only carry the essentials:

Credit card
Debit card
Office access card
Driver’s license
$30-40 in cash

I wrap the cash around the cards and use a clip. Unfortunately, I just lost the money clip I’d been using for years so I am in the market for something new.

4404 Chris February 25, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I keep my FOID card, ID, School ID, Visa, Debit card and $100 cash

4405 Tim February 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Driver’s license,
Debit card
Credit card
Health card
AAA card (you never know when you might lock yourself out of the car)
Receipts from the day to file later.
Not much cash–just to cover tolls.

4406 Dustin February 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm

1. cash
2. debit card
3. credit card
4. insurance card
5. ACLS card
6. CPR card
7. Smoothie King frequent buyer card
8. Driver’s license
9. Hunting/fishing license

4407 Drew S February 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm

What I carry, A Haiku:
A well made wallet
Will carry numbers of things
Ids, cards, money.

4408 Manuel February 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm

1. cash
2. debit card
3. credit card
4. drivers license
5. health insurance card
6. health care card
7. dental card
8. conservation card
9. NRA cards
10. key card
11. OSHA card
12. CPR card
13. Car Insurance card
14. Dutch Oven Temp Card
15. Blood Donor Card
16. Shooting Range Card
17. Scout Leader Trng. Cards
18. Business cards
19. Bank cards
20. Reward cards
21. Vehicle keyless entry
22. Pharmacy card
24. Scout member card

4409 Justin February 25, 2012 at 11:17 pm

2-3credit cards
Bank cards 1 from personal,1 from joint

4410 Justin February 25, 2012 at 11:18 pm

2-3credit cards
Bank cards 1 from personal,1 from joint
Any gift cards

4411 Justin February 25, 2012 at 11:18 pm

2-3 credit cards
Bank cards 1 from personal,1 from joint
Any gift cards

4412 Justin February 25, 2012 at 11:19 pm

2-3 credit cards
Bank cards 1 from personal,1 from joint
Any gift cards
Ins cards

4413 Mat February 25, 2012 at 11:57 pm

When I’m out, I carry a slim wallet-money clip combo. Dollar bills go in the clip, and my personal ID, two credit cards, and an extra $20 (just in case). I sometimes carry coins in a separate coin wallet.

4414 Jesse February 25, 2012 at 11:57 pm

My wallet contains:

Debit card
Drivers license
Business cards
Photobooth pictures of fiancee and me
A lottery ticket I haven’t checked
Forklift operator certificate card

4415 Doug February 26, 2012 at 12:22 am

I’ve recently started a new professional job and am now in desperate need of direction in the professional world. I’m guilty of carrying anything and everything in my wallet. This article has been very helpful. I really appreciate what you’re doing on this site. I’m going to keep digging deeper and hoping that you cover most of my anxieties :-) Keep up the good work.

4416 Beau February 26, 2012 at 1:24 am

-Drivers License
-FOID Card
-Insurance Card
-Masonic Membership Card
-Emergency $100 bill
-Debit Card
-American Express

4417 blake February 26, 2012 at 1:33 am

ski pass
id from my uni
drivers license
orange credit card
blood donor cert card
pennytalk card
lucky $2 bill
excess amount of snowboard, ski, and graphic design business cards
expired health insurance card
phone numbers from christie, pierron, and montana
and it’s red. come on.

4418 Ron February 26, 2012 at 1:46 am

What are your thoughts on the new stainless mesh wallets? Very high tech looking.

I carry…..
Driver license
Credit card
Speedway card
Sam’s Club card
a couple hundred bucks

4419 Gabe February 26, 2012 at 2:07 am

For me its all about simplicity and functionality. No Constanza-lifestyle for me!

Driver Licencse
1 Debit Card
1 Credit Card
Few business cards
$40 cash (twenty, ten, five, five-ones)

4420 Joseph February 26, 2012 at 2:46 am

I only carry a few things

2.1 credit card
3.picture of a long lost friend
4. Honor Courage & Commitment card (Marine thing)
5. Photo of my family and friends

4421 Frank February 26, 2012 at 2:47 am


4422 Alex February 26, 2012 at 3:53 am

Debit Card
My beloved grandpa’s business card as a memento
AAA card
Metro card

4423 Chris February 26, 2012 at 5:18 am

Driver’s license
School ID
Debit Card

4424 john February 26, 2012 at 6:03 am

Nice and simple. 2 x credit cards, my licence and my health care card. Money clip holds the notes. Both fit into a jacket pocket without making it look like i have breasts (or at least one).

4425 James February 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

I don’t understand money-clips; the only statement I can imagine them making are “look at my money-I’m insecure” or “look at my money-I’m an easy mark”
My wallet is falling apart after 5-6 years of constant use but I still get compliments about it. Some cash and too many cards is what I carry

4426 Harris Ramm February 26, 2012 at 9:10 am

The contents of my wallet…
1) Metro Credit Union (local to Omaha, NE) debit card
2) School ID
3) Driver’s License
4) $20-$50 in cash
5) AAA membership card, just in case I find myself in need of roadside assistance. (As per Antonio’s suggestion, I plan to move this card to the glove box in my car.)

4427 Dave Good February 26, 2012 at 9:13 am

My wallet has a slip out ID/card holder great for the nights out. Its just big enough to hold my ID, debit card, 2 business cards and a $10 for tips/valet/etc that require cash.

4428 Mike K February 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

A little more than the essentials
Drivers License
2- Credit/Debit Cards
Sam’s Club Card
REI Member Card
Staples Rewards Card
List of Passwords (encrypted, of course)
Half a dozen of my business cards
A bit of cash
and finally a couple of various gift cards that I won’t spend if I don’t have them with me.

4429 Ben February 26, 2012 at 9:20 am

Debit card
Business cards
A couple 3X5 cards for notes
ID cards
CPR barrier

4430 Brett J February 26, 2012 at 9:52 am

I use a wallet to hold my credit cards, ID, and since I play guitar, a guitar pick. The wallet is really nice; it’s made by whipping post (link below).

Cash I keep in a money clip.

Link to the wallet I use: http://www.whippingpost.com/collections/wallets

4431 Adi February 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

BofA Debit Card
BofA Credit Card
First aid CPR card
Stop and Shop card (for the gas)
JP Licks Card (for the icecream)
Whichever giftcard I am trying to use up at the moment

4432 Tom February 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I’ve never been a fan of nylon/velcro wallets in any circumstance. I’m also firmly in the bifold camp.

4433 Allan February 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm

After reading this I need to clean out my wallet.
Debit/Credit card
multiple club and punch cards for eating establishments, gas stations, and some clothes stores
License (old and new)
Id card
school id/debit card

4434 Anthony February 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

-Blood donor card
-Five contact cards
-Picture of my little sister
-California State ID
-Debit Card
-School ID
- at least a twenty and a single
-rolling papers

4435 Richard February 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Cash (at least £50).
One credit card.
A few pound coins for busses / vending machines

That is all. I should probably downsize to a moneyclip, but I really like my wallet and sometimes carry extra cards like driving license or loyalty cards.

4436 Ryan February 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm

MTA Card
Medical Card
Debit Card
5 Quarters

4437 Frank Profeta February 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Hope you can arrange delivery to the UK!!

Here we go:

2 Debit Cards
Drivers License
Supermarket Loyalty Card
£50 Cash
A Photo of my Girlfriend
10 or so Business Cards

Great post guys at AoM!!! Best of luck people!

4438 Viet February 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Very little actually.

1 bill
ID card
2 credit/debitcards

4439 Matt Manahan February 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm

$100 cash
1 debit card
school id
5 business cards
insurance card

4440 Zac Andrews February 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I’m currently waiting to find a new wallet I like, but I’ve decided I’m going to cut down to a slim lined one only carrying 2 cards, £30 cash and driving license

4441 matt February 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I have the standard ID, 4 credit cards, insurance card and lucky silver dollar. with an old picture of the Mrs. as well.

4442 Matt February 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I carry my license, student I.D., and my debit card. I will also carry some cash if I have it, not too much though.

4443 David February 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I’ve tried to slim down to a money clip with a small card holder. Doesn’t always stay thin, unfortunately. Currently I have:

Driver’s license
Medical Insurance card
Credit card
Debit/ATM card
Sam’s club card
2nd credit card
Club card for Freebirds
Punch card for Firehouse Subs
and ~$20 in sorted bills

4444 Tim February 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm

My wallet contains:
1. Some cash $20-40
2. Debit Card
3. License
4. Credentials needed for work
5. A few photos
6. My badge
Quick question: why do people carry their CPR/first-aid cards, i’ve never had anyone ask me for mine, except new employers.

4445 Eduardo February 26, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I carry my license, student ID, credit card and some cash.

4446 James February 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm

A little bit of cash, credit card, insurance card, library card, driver’s license, student i.d., work card.

4447 TAckerman February 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I got my Drivers License, a credit card, an atm card, my BLS “card,” an FOP “card,” a bit of cash, and to be honest, a library card and gym membership card that I have to remember to take out when I get to my car.

4448 Andy February 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Credit Cards
Drivers License
Bus Pass

4449 Tony February 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm

i have dl school id cc costco card debit and a few notes from the girlfriend

4450 Mark February 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Driver’s license, one mastercard, one wells fargo platinum debit card, referral cards for the jiu jitsu school where I train, school ID, various cards for restaurants.

4451 Christopher Wasko February 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Driver’s licence
School I.D.
Debit Card
C.P.R Certification
Copy of health insurance
3 business cards

4452 Yianni February 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I’m due for a new wallet

4453 Victor February 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Debit card
Drivers license
Business cards
Photobooth pictures of fiancee and me
A lottery ticket I haven’t checked
Forklift operator certificate card

4454 Joseph February 26, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I have a simple black leather billfold.
I usually carry about $20 in cash plus $1.50 in quarters for bus money.
I also have my school ID (no driver’s license yet), library card, gear ratio chart (I’m a racer so this comes in handy), gamestop rewards card, and my US rowing membership card.

4455 Dennis February 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Contents of my homemade wallet:
Driver’s license
Military ID
Personal Debit card
Business debit card
1 check
$60 cash

4456 Dennis Kelly February 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Contents of my homemade wallet:
Driver’s license
Military ID
2 Debit cards
Business cards
1 check
$60 cash

4457 Joe February 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I carry more than I need to…
- picture of wife
- cash
- two weeks worth of sales receipts
- 4 credit cards
- driver’s license
- a patch of grass from Notre Dame stadium circa 1995
- savings cards for 4 grocery store chains
- more stuff…

4458 Cory February 26, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Two government credit cards
Two personal credit cards
Biusness cards
Electrical license
Drivers license
A couple of Benjamin’s
And a reciept that should have been turned in a month ago. Oops. Make a good day of it.

4459 Andres February 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm

*driver’s License
*school ID
*credit card
-I like to keep the wallet slim.

4460 Brandon February 27, 2012 at 12:02 am

I got a Slimmy right now from Koyono. I carry
-Money (usually $40 or less)
-Insurance cards (car/medical)
-Business Cards
-Debit Card

Pretty spartanic.

4461 Mike squire February 27, 2012 at 12:36 am

I carry two credit cards, cash, license, a few receipts, health insurance cards, and a few biz cards.

4462 Vincent February 27, 2012 at 12:47 am

I carry:

Debit Card
School ID
Cold hard cash
Library Card
Homecoming picture!
various gift cards

4463 Devon February 27, 2012 at 12:57 am

I carry a drivers license, university I.D., debit, Mariners season ticket holder I.D., an M’s schedule, cash, and generally a few sporting event tickets that I haven’t yet transferred to my collection box.

4464 Keith Diederich February 27, 2012 at 1:02 am

Let’s see….
cash (<$40)
driver's license
1 debit card
1 credit card
a couple business cards
3×5 cards, for notes, lists, and so forth.
Fisher Bullet Space Pen
I use a Levenger International pocket briefcase for my wallet, usually in the front pocket of my trousers.

4465 Ron Burgundy February 27, 2012 at 3:46 am

My apartment smells of rich mahogany and I have many leather-bound books.

4466 Daniel February 27, 2012 at 11:24 am

Contents of my wallet:
$20 in cash
Credit card
Debit card
Drivers license
4 Band-aids
1 Bobby pin
Eagle scout card

4467 Jacob Matthew February 27, 2012 at 11:36 am

Small tools and pizza coupons.

4468 Syerus Gill February 27, 2012 at 11:45 am

My wallet is currently holding the following items:
2- debit cards
6- of my own business cards
2- pictures of nephew
2- health insurance cards
1- twenty dollar bill
1- one dollar bill
3- receipts
1- drives licence

4469 Stephen February 27, 2012 at 11:49 am

In my wallet I carried:
Drivers Liscence
Company ID
Social Security Card
Old Car Insurance
$20 Bill
Blank Check
4 Different Health Care Cards
Car Rental Membership Card
Hotel Frequent Customer Card
Grocery Store Customer Card
Pet Store Customer Card
1 Debit Card
1 Personal Credit Card
1 Company Credit Card
2 Cards with Comany Leadership Tenons
Coffee Shop Gift Card
Book of Stamps

What I just got rid of:
SS Card
Health Care Cards
Travel Cards
Old Insurance Paper

I’d love to make the move out of this well-worn wallet into one that I can carry both in a front pocket and that will hold my cell phone. I’m tired of sitting on my wallet!

4470 Derrick February 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I have it pared down as far as I can, I believe, without having to carry anything else besides a pocket knife, key ring, and a handkerchief (if it wasn’t for allergies this would go away too).

Wallet contents:
Driver’s License
Check Card (Visa)
Credit Card (Mastercard)
$50-$100 cash

I keep two items that are not practical, a photo of my kids (even though I have hundreds on my phone), and a sheet of paper from a small spiral notepad that my son wrote “I love you daddy” on when he first learned to write.

I would bet that this list will be permanent, including the non essentials.

4471 Derrick February 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Just a quick note, if you are worried about the time deadline on this. I posted at 11:02 Austin time, website lists it as 12:02, making it EDT.

4472 Tom Bach February 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Cash, Driving License, Work ID, Credit Card, Debit Card, Library Cards, State Park Trails Pass

4473 Jonathan L. February 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I carry a little cash, my debit card, my DL, my concealed carry permit, and a few membership cards. I have a Flipside RFID shielded polymer wallet. It has limited space which forces me to keep it up which has broken a few bad habits of neer cleaning it!

4474 Jaime M. February 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm

As little as possible, CC, Debit, AMEX, ID, a little cash.

4475 Josh S. February 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Almost no cash, 2 debit/check cards, a credit card, ID, and some business cards.

4476 Matt February 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I’ve carried the same wallet for 15 years. I always carry about 5-10 bucks for tips (any more than that and it’ll burn a hole in my pocket) and my cards. No pictures, and as a teacher, don’t find the need to give business cards often.

4477 Seth Martin February 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Daily Pocket Contents

iPhone 4s
Burts Beeswax Lipbalm
Pocket Knife
Black ultra-slim wallet
-1 credit card (chase)
-1 starbucks gold card
-1 enhanced DL
-1 student ID
-$100 cash

4478 Andrew Molenaar February 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Cash, family pictures, a couple emergency guitar picks, credit cards, health cards, a couple coupons.

4479 Andrew Molenaar February 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

also, I got the wallet from my dad when I was 13. It was my first wallet. I used many others since, but they never stood up to this one.

4480 Andy F February 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Just the essentials in mine:

Debit cards x 2
Driver’s Licence
Student ID
Postage stamps
Family photo

4481 Josiah Sytsma February 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm

After reading this article, my wallet is insurance cards, my ID, one debit card, four personal business cards, photo of my girlfriend

4482 Matt B February 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Driver’s License
2 Credit Cards
Debit Card
Medical Card
Business Cards
Receipts for work

4483 Brian B February 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Government and student IDs, health insurance card, credit cards x2, debit card (Discover + Visa), clipper card, $20-$100 cash.

4484 bryson holland February 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Military ID (USMC)
Driver’s License
Concealed Carry permits (NV, UT)

$100 bill, random $20s/$5s (the $100 bill is good for asking favors, the normal bills are good for buying normal things)

Insurance card. Debit card. AMEX.

4485 Dave G February 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Personal Debit Card, Biz CC, DL, 5x Biz Cards, Cash $60 (3ea $20s). That’s it everything else either in car or at home where it belongs.

4486 kwillis February 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Insurance Card
Debt Card
Credit Card
Gov ID
Faculty ID
Library Card

4487 Raymond February 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I’m a smaller guy so a smaller wallet is a must.

$20, $10, $10 Bills
Car Insurance+Health Insurance
Mastercard+Debit Card
and 3 business cards

Everything else such as membership cards I try to program onto my iPhone.

4488 Brad February 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Too many cards, ~$50 cash, a couple receipts, and 3-5 business cards.

4489 Thomas February 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Driver’s license, library card, house key, and some cash.

4490 Clint Jolly February 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I have a standard wallet for everyday use and a slim wallet for nights out.

Standard items would be a personal and a business debit card, some cash, driver’s license and a couple of club/discount cards.

The slim gets the ID and a card when going out. Cash goes in the front pocket inside a nice handmade silver money clip.


4491 Brandon February 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I have a trifold leather wallet that holds my cash, debit card, credit card, university student ID, driver’s license, insurance card, library card, and school print card.


4492 Geoffrey Cubbage February 27, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I’ve always kept my Eagle Scout card facing my driver’s license, so that when you flip it open to see one you’re automatically seeing the other.

Don’t know if it’s ever been the thing that saved me from a ticket or not, but it never hurts to try!

4493 Ryan February 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm

A few cards and the occasional dollar bill here and there. But never leave home without a business card to give out if needed

4494 Captain Bert February 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I always carry a $100 bill behind my Driver’s License, that is earmarked for using for any object that hits my desire. It is separate from my cash so it is completely available at all times without thought of expense. This has provided me with so many treasures in my life, I highly recommend it!!

4495 Derek Henderson February 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Business cards, visas (business and personal), driver’s license, fuel card, and first aid endorsements.

4496 Joel February 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm

2 pictures of my daughters
1 Pin for the Met
a reciept for a watch i bought my girlfriend.
Drivers license.

4497 Andrew February 27, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Drivers Licence
Debit Card
Business Debit Card

4498 Zhane February 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Money :D
Invoices from Tailors
Credit Cards (visa, masters)
Lucky charm
Cloth (cleaning screen of my mobile phone)
Retail shop’s membership cards

4499 Derrik Ollar February 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Driver’s License
Business Debit
Personal Debit
Costco membership card
3-business cards
a couple gas receipts

4500 Mike Olsen February 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

debit card
gas discount card
my business cards (3)
sky miles card
driver license
Boy Scouts of America certification card
medical insurance cards
amateur radio license

all of this in a Maxpedition Hard-Use Gear slim wallet

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