The lowest point in the career of the wallet might have come at the hands of George Costanza. The Seinfeld star, famous for his idiosyncrasies and stubbornness, laid claim to a wallet the size of a small Manhattan apartment—a wallet that was obese to the point of actually causing George physical discomfort. No wonder, considering the random curio crammed inside of it.
“Irish money?” Jerry asked, thumbing through George’s wallet. “I might go there,” George said.
The wallet was literally bursting at the seams with credit cards, receipts, dollar bills, and even hard candy. It had essentially become a pocket-sized file cabinet…or a booster seat.
Costanza is not the only man with wallet woes. A good portion of the country is loaded up and lopsided when it comes to the universal money pouch. Pockets bulge, seams stretch, and rear ends jut out all in the name of bank cards, grocery cards, and family albums. To quote Costanza: “(My wallet) is an organizer, a secretary, and a friend.”
The solution to the giant wallet is a rather simple exercise in discretion, but like most financial virtues, the implementation of the practice is far harder. Costanza’s back pain would agree.
Slimming down a wallet is akin to slimming down a body: a good diet is a great place to start.
There are really on a few necessities that every wallet needs to have.
“But what about the following items?” a desperate packrat might ask. Leaving them out is the only way to cut back on bulbous billfolds.
The dos and don’ts of wallet contents can sometimes only go so far. Fortunately, there are a couple of other options that might help weed out the rest of the wallet burdens.
For starters, get a smaller wallet. Department stores have all sorts of different styles and designs. A money clip-wallet hybrid is one of the more popular alternatives. The design leaves virtually no choice but to cut back on extra cards and receipts.
If a smaller wallet is not an option, try consolidating your membership cards. One great solution is keeping one card with the ID numbers of several cards printed onto it. That way, when you are at any particular store, you can read off your account number rather than fumbling for the proper piece of plastic.
Following these tips should help diminish the burden of a hefty wallet. A little prudence here and some tough decisions there could make a big difference in back pockets and purses everywhere. Wallets come out of their packaging thin, and they have the potential to remain that way.
George Costanza was a martyr for progress. Don’t let his back example die in vain.
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