No, this is not about credit cards or those funny Viking characters. Rather, it is literally about what is in my wallet, and what that says about what is important to me.
Cash. Not surprisingly I have a few hundred dollars in cash in my wallet. As I write this we are leaving for a long weekend out of town so I have about $100 more than normal. Like most folks I put almost everything on a credit card, but want greenbacks for the feeling of security it gives me if a card doesn't work. Also, for anything under $10 I am likely to pay with money instead of a card.
Credit Cards. There are three in the wallet. One gets most of the use because of cash back and no annual fee. Another gets me into Costco, while a third is an emergency backup card. It gets used just enough to stay active. As regular readers know I always pay off the full credit card bill at the end of every month so I have them for convenience, not to buy things I can't afford to pay for.
Driver's License. Obvious, but an important date is coming up. When the license was issued, I had 15 years until I needed to renew it on my 65th birthday. That seemed like forever into the future. Now, it is only a few years away. Me 65 in 2014? Can't be, but the new picture will reflect it.
AARP Membership card. There are people who are unhappy with AARP's stand on various political issues. I don't care about any of that. I just like their monthly magazine and all the discounts the card gets me.
AAA Card. I have this purely for safety. If i break down somewhere I want to know I can get a tow or help anywhere. I have used their service to have a new battery installed when my car refused to start, and once for a tow when the transmission got stuck in park. But, with the AARP card offering virtually the same discounts, the Triple A card doesn't get much use. I do like the free maps and tour books, though.
Phoenix Library Card. This gets lots of use. I am probably at the library about once every 10 days or so returning or picking up books. It is one of the free city services I would have a tough time living without.
Two blank checks. You never know.
Auto insurance card. There is also one in the glove box of each car, but sometimes on a trip a rental agency wants information that is on that card. So, I carry one with me, just in case.
Total Rewards Card (Harrah's). When my parents used to live about 25 minutes from Harrah's casino south of Phoenix, this card earned Betty and me nice discounts on food. Since then, it has made a trip or two to Vegas and Laughlin, but certainly doesn't need to be in my wallet.
Pictures of grandkids, daughters, and wife. People ask and if I wasn't prepared to show them I might get in trouble.
Prescription for eye glasses. If my glasses ever break while away from home, I would need to find a store that made a replacement pair in an hour. Otherwise, I'd be stuck.
Desert Botanical Gardens Membership Card. A world class garden in Phoenix that we visit several times a year to enjoy the gardens and simply sit and relax. It is beautiful and calming.
Various health plan cards (mine & copy of my wife's). Beside my own I carry a copy of Betty's card. If I have to take her to the hospital, that information will become instantly needed and heaven knows where it would be in which of her many purses.
So, there you have it...my wallet. It presents a picture of some things that I think of as important and gives a glimpse into my life.
Now, your turn. Purses certainly qualify and may be much more interesting. Take some time, look through your wallet or handbag and see what you deem important enough to keep with you. Share with us. Do you find things that you "lost" years ago? Do you have items that certainly don't need to be carried everywhere with you (like my casino card)? Do you realize that something important should be added to your stash? Come on..it will be fun.
What's in your wallet?
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