May 5, 2018
What in Your Wallet (or Purse)?
I'm sure you remember the credit card commercial with Vikings and other assorted characters asking, "What's in Your Wallet" as a way to urge you to carry that particular card. It was clever and memorable. Here I am several years later using that slogan as the basis for a post.
I thought it might be interesting to see what I carry around with me whenever I leave the house. Obviously, these items must be important enough to me to stuff inside my wallet and then sit on it all day.
Cash. For a growing number of people, this would not be included. Credit or debit cards or pay-by-phone are replacing cash as the way to pay. Call me old school but I don't feel comfortable without at least one hundred dollars in bills in my wallet. Like most folks I put almost everything on a credit card, but want real money for the feeling of security it gives me if a card doesn't work. Also, for anything under $5 I am likely to pay with money instead of a card.
Credit Cards. There are three in my wallet. One gets most of the use because of airline miles. Another gives cash back, 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. Actually there are three other credit and debit cards in a drawer at home. They are used a few times a year to keep them active and keep my credit score high.
Driver's License. Obvious to carry, but an important date is coming up. Next year I will be 70. The great state of Arizona has determined I need a new license when I hit that milestone. Plus, the card I carry now will not be accepted at airports after October of 2020. So, a reminder has been put in my calendar.
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. The Triple A card doesn't get much use though I still like their free paper maps for long road trips (really old school).
Chandler 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. Remember checks?
Auto insurance card. There is also one in the glove box of the 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.
Pictures of grandkids, daughters, and wife. People ask and if I wasn't prepared to show them I might get in trouble. Unfortunately, I just noticed all are badly out of date!
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. Otherwise, I'd be stuck.
Various health plan cards (mine & copy of my wife's). Beside my own for Medicare 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 one of her purses. I also have a dental discount card that has saved us thousands over the years.
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. Wallets, or purses...either works. Take some time, look through your wallet, purse, or 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? Do you realize that something important should be added to your stash? Come on..it will be fun.