What’s in my wallet?

by Rocket Finance

A frequent personal finance blogger gimmick is to reveal the contents of their wallets or purses. I am mildly interested in such posts and I thought some of you might be as well. So here goes:

  • Work ID card. I rarely use a work ID, but sometimes businesses in the area give discounts to employees from my workplace.
  • Colorado driver’s license.
  • Colorado CDL license. For some reason this state issues two separate cards. I think most states combine the two. One picture is significantly better than the other.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods customer loyalty bar code sticker.
  • ACE Hardware customer loyalty bar code sticker. Neither of these items would be in my wallet if they were not a thin little sticker. I also have an ACE hardware t-shirt of which I am very proud, but I don’t usually keep it in my wallet.
  • Chase FreedomSM credit card. Used primarily for gasoline, our mobile phone bill and a little fast food. The card earns a little over 3% cash back in most purchase categories. We earned a $250 rewards check in less than 10 months this year.
  • Miles by Discover┬« Card Comes with a high credit limit, a $100 gift card bonus, 0% introductory rate and solid rewards miles. I use it for everything that does not earn 3% from the Chase Freedom card.
  • Starbucks gift card. A birthday present from my sister, I am trying to make it last as long as possible.
  • A business card from a place that I hope will be able to fix my scooter.
  • A business card from the guy that sold us our internet/Direct tv package. I want to bother him the moment we have problems with our services.
  • A business card from a guy I met on an airplane while flying back from my in-laws house in Idaho. He said I could call him up next time we are in Boise and he would take me on a backpacking trip in the mountains. Sounds like fun. It also sounds like the beginning of a horror film. . . me and some strange guy up in the mountains. . . hmmm. . .
  • One of my business cards. I don’t know why I keep it in my wallet because the minute I put it in there, the corners get bent and I would never give it out to a potential client.
  • A $10 bill.
  • A $5 bill.
  • Three $1 bills. Probably the most cash I have had in my possession in a long time.
  • A business credit card from work.
  • A receipt from a recent purchase for work.

That’s it, that’s the list. Nothing too strange since I try to keep my wallet as thin as possible. Actually, my billfold is a little thick right now because there are several items that I don’t usually carry taking up space – the work credit card, the Starbucks gift card, all of the business cards besides the abnormally high number of greenback.

Do you have anything weird in your wallet or purse?

  1. 2 Responses to “What’s in my wallet?”

  2. By Killer on Aug 30, 2008 | Reply

    In no particular order.

    – my insurance card
    – m perscription card
    – my ATM card
    – my credit card
    – One meagre, lonely dollar.
    – Three ‘Free Cookie’ coupons for a local restaraunt.
    – One ‘Free Sandwich’ coupon for Dominos’ new oven baked sandwiches.
    – A punchcard for a local coffee shop – 10 punches = free coffee.
    – two giftcards to said coffee shop that I earned from work.
    – a punch-card for a cool, hole-in-the-wall bookstore. 10 punches = free book.
    – a ‘Five Buck Club’ card for a movie theatre nearby; after a movie is out a few weeks, you can get into any showing for 5 bucks. Worth the wait.
    – a business card from a local cop. may come in handy . . .
    – my blood donor card.
    – a signed, laminated card certifying my standing/rank as a martial artist (some states require documentation for carrying certain weapons . . . yeah, ok, long story. Think of it as CPR certification card.)
    – my license
    – my college ID. This I’ll only need for three and a half more months!
    – my library card (highly essential)
    – a Borders rewards card
    – a Best Buy Rewards card
    – a piece of paper with some codes for work
    – a guitar pick. just in case.

    Believe it or not, this is a small wallet. The wallet itself is more material than I like, but all this stuff in my old, now dead wallet was about half an inch. Now it’s a little more, but still not an inch thick. I don’t carry a purse, and I want to be able to fit everything in my pocket if need be.

  3. By Killer on Aug 30, 2008 | Reply

    Looking back over that list, I’m noticing that ‘most everything is connected to food or media (books/movies/music) in one way or another. I guess ‘the contents of a [live] man’s pockets’ can tell us quite a bit after all.

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