I happened upon a listing today for a wallet called the Jimi, which is billed as an anti-wallet. It holds 4 cards on one side and on the other side just 1 card and 3 bills double-folded. It got me wondering if I could reduce what I carry around enough to meet the Jimi standards.
Primary credit card
Business credit card
Commuter Rail Pass
Usually about $40 worth of cash
Health Insurance card
Mass General Hospital card
Secondary credit card
Car/Home Insurance card
Commuter Rail Schedule
Pictures of Grady & Liam
Address/Phone List of friends & family that I typed in tiny font
So, I technically could "qualify" to carry the Jimi anti-wallet if I just stuck with the essentials. The main benefit being that I could fit in my front pocket. I find myself taking my fat wallet out whenever I drive and sometimes when I'm on the commuter train because it's just uncomfortable to sit on for a long period of time. My chair at work is cushy enough that my wallet doesn't bother me there.
But, I have a nice leather wallet that is just a year or two old, and I would rather keep a few of the non-essentials handy, like the kids' pictures, the adddress/phone list and the AmEx. So, for the cards that I never need to swipe, and just need the information from, I typed out in tiny font the info and taped it onto the back of the address/phone list. So, I eliminated the stiffness and width of 4 cards from my wallet: AAA, Mass General, Health Insurance, Car/Home Insurance. I took the book of stamps out, and threw out some old receipts, and now my wallet is about 1/2 the size it was.
Thank you to Jimi, the anti-wallet, for inspiring me to downsize.
Oh, and I also found a scrap of paper in my wallet that had an 800 number and PIN number on it. I had no idea what it was, so I called and found out it was long-distance minutes that I had purchased at CostCo via an MCI Card several years ago before we had unlimited long distance through Vonage and now Verizon. The balance was $33.49 (or 11.5 hours of talk time), so I posted an ad on Craigslist offering it to the first person who responded. It took May about 10 seconds to e-mail me. I hope May and her friends get value out of my find.