Have you ever noticed how many different things women tend to keep in their purses? At any given time, your girlfriend may be carrying around 35 items over her shoulder. The typical man, however, does not have the luxury of toting everything but the kitchen sink around with him in a huge purse. We must exercise discretion when determining what to take with us on a daily basis in our wallets.
Why not carry around a wallet that is 4 inches fat and stuffed to the gills with items? Well, most importantly, this puts a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on your pants. With a bulky wallet constantly pushing out on your back pocket, before you know it you will start to see a telltale threadbare wallet-shaped mark on your pocket. If you take the time to select a fashionable outfit of a polo shirt, plaid tie, necktie accessories, sport jacket, and dress trousers, you most certainly don't want to ruin it by having a ridiculous square shaped patch on the back of your pants. Surprisingly, sitting on a huge wallet can also affect your posture and cause back pain because you are out of alignment. And on a very practical level, won't it be nice to not have to fumble through a huge pile of stuff every time you need something?
The essentials that every guy should carry in his wallet include:
1. At least $20:
With credit and debit cards being what they are, it is not uncommon for people to no longer carry cash. But you should always have an emergency stash of at least $20 in your wallet. This way you will be prepared if you need to give an unexpected tip, chip in for a group gift at work, or get a cab home.
2. At least 1 business card:
You should never be without your business card in public. Networking opportunities are everywhere, if you look for them.
3. A photo ID:
Most of us always carry a some sort of photo ID. It is definitely something you should never be without.
4. A spare car key:
It can save you a lot of money if you can avoid calling AAA to pop open your car lock for you. One single key is small enough to be tucked away into your wallet. If you think you'd be better off with a spare house key, choose that instead.
5. One credit card:
If you have multiple credit cards, carry only one with you, and leave the rest at home in a safe place. This way, you are much better off if your wallet gets lost or stolen. Plus, you are less likely to spend frivolously.
6. A small golf-sized pencil:
I know that we just program almost all information we need to remember into our phones nowadays. But it is no bad thing to try to be a little less dependent on a battery operated device. Plus, if you want to discreetly slip your phone number to someone, well you can't do that with your phone, now can you?
All of the other things that you consider to be "essentials" can be kept in another location. For example, your lawyer's business card and your auto insurance card can be kept in your car's glove compartment, in case you get in a fender bender. All of the dozens of discount cards you receive at grocery stores and retail chains can be kept at home until you visit that store. Or, simply ask a store employee if you can receive the discount by entering your phone number into their system, rather than scanning your card.
Overall, slimming down your wallet has many benefits. It will put less wear on the back pocket of your trousers and allow to sit so that your posture is not altered. When you wear a suit and tuck the wallet into your inside jacket pocket, it will allow the jacket to drape correctly. Plus, it puts you at less risk of danger in the case that your wallet is lost or stolen.
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