I thought it might be kind of cool, as a personal finance blogger, to answer the annoyingly effective (or effectively annoying?) ad slogan question, “what’s in your wallet?”. And no, you won’t find a Capital One card.
To be fully transparent, I did do a bit of tidying up to get it in this state – removing an old frequent flyer card, some receipts, and a few bank statements in the process. It wasn’t quite George Costanza-bursting-at-the-seams level, but still, nothing to write home about.
As you will see, there is a lot of plastic, which makes this thing unbearably thick – to the point where I usually only put it in my pocket if I’m going into a store to make a purchase or a restaurant.
So let’s take a walk through.
Wallet: I’ll start with the wallet itself. Genuine leather trifold. I could not tell you what off-name brand it is, and honestly, I kind of like that I don’t know. I’ve had this wallet for at least 13 years now, I would imagine. It’s still going strong, but if it ever falls apart on me, I’d probably move to something much smaller. A bi-fold at max.
Cash: I was randomly carrying $14 American cash on me at the time of the photo. With my reliance on cards for payments, I usually don’t carry much more than $30 cash at any time. I feel safer this way too. If I’m pick-pocketed, I may have a bit of a headache calling to cancel credit cards, but at least I’m not out the cash.
Debit Cards: I have two debit cards from TCF Bank. I have checking accounts with them as they have free checking and are literally in my employer’s building – making it easy to cash checks or withdraw from their ATM, if I need cash.
Why two debit cards from the same bank? My wife and I each have separate bank accounts and shared a joint account. I have one card for each.
Credit Cards: I usually have a random assortment of 5-10 in my wallet at the moment, you can find out more about these on my list of money saving products:
Travel credit cards: travel rewards credit cards can provide outstanding value for their massive sign-up bonuses and hefty co-branded rewards, particularly if you travel a lot for business or pleasure. A few of my favorites include:
- Airline rewards cards: Gold Delta SkyMiles AmEx, United Explorer, Capital One Venture Rewards, Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Hotel rewards cards: IHG Premier, Marriott Bonvoy Boundlesss, Hilton Honors AmEx, Capital One Venture Rewards, Chase Sapphire Preferred
- General travel rewards cards: Chase Sapphire Preferred, Capital One Venture Rewards, Wells Fargo Propel
Cash back rewards cards: these cards provide excellent all-around cash back rewards on common every day purchases:
- Grocery: Blue Cash Preferred AmEx, Blue Cash Everyday AmEx, Citi Double Cash
- Gas: Blue Cash Preferred AmEx, Blue Cash Everyday AmEx
- General/Other: Citi Double Cash, Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards, Chase Freedom
Business rewards cards: note that as long as you have any 1099 or other self-employment income (including EBay sales), you are eligible to apply for business credit cards.
Health-Related: at the bottom, you’ll see three health related cards:
- Delta Dental: this card is for my dental insurance through my employer.
- Anthem Blue Cross: this is my HDHP health insurance card.
- HSA debit card: this debits directly from my HSA when I charge health related expenses like a doctor’s visit or a prescription.
Other Random: on the left side, you’ll find:
- A rewards punch card for homebrew kits. Buy 10, get one free. ;-)
- An AMC Theater gift card. I received this over a year ago and haven’t been to the theater since as there is no AMC within 25 miles of my house. Should probably leave this one at home.
- A Mug Club membership at a favorite local brewery. I get a discount on all beer! (has paid itself off already)
State of Michigan Driver’s License: last, but not least, for the 1 to 2 times per month I actually drive or get carded when buying alcohol.
That covers it
Your turn! What’s in your wallet?