5 Tips to Slim Your Wallet

Carry Less and Lighten Your Everyday Load

Have you noticed new phones keep getting... bigger? Sure our technology can do more, but now we have more in our pockets. Luckily, the days of carrying every card, receipt and bill in your wallet "just in case" are far behind us. Not only do overstuffed wallets in your back pocket look bad and cause unnecessary wear to your clothing, there's simply no need for hauling all that stuff around with you every day! Keep reading to learn tips on how to lighten your wallet load:

1. Five cards or less

Obviously, there are some non-negotiable essentials — for instance, an ID and debit or credit card (get those points!) are must-haves. We're also on board with carrying a subway card or metro pass, or an access card for work. Everything else? You likely don't need it, or you shouldn't be carrying it anyway (looks at your social security card). Try leaving the edited pile at home for a week and see how it feels. Maybe it'll feel a little too light at first, and maybe a few cards will creep back in — but maybe you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you don't miss at all.

2. Go digital

The majority of those extra cards can be stored digitally and still easily accessed,  especially all those loyalty cards. There are free apps like KeyRing or even a Locked Folder for your camera app — just make sure whatever method you choose is password protected. For those infrequently used cards and even more organizational power, look into a secure app like Dashlane that does way more than just manage your passwords.

3. Snap or skip receipts

Your wallet is not a filing cabinet — there's no reason to store receipts in it. Instead, skip hardcopies of receipts whenever possible. Apps like Evernote, Concur (or even that Locked Folder) are handy to securely store digital copies of receipts. Once you get a tracking system in place, you'll be able to just sit back and reap the benefits of a stay-slim wallet.

4. Carry less cash

While having a note or two on you is a good idea in general, most of us don't need to carry a lot of paper money in our everyday lives. Most everywhere accepts plastic, and there are a number of convenient payment services to limit the need — Apple Pay, Google Wallet and Venmo just to name a few.

5. Get a thinner wallet

Whether it's physical or mental, having a slimmer wallet is a great way to reinforce the idea and behavior of carrying less! Once you experience the freedom of a slim wallet, you won't even want to stuff extra stuff in there. It's inherently rewarding — your jeans will thank you, your spine will thank you and YOU will thank you. If you're carrying around a Costanza clunker, take a picture of it and tag us @distilunion for the chance at a wallet makeover. Bring it on, try to shock us (I guarantee we've seen worse). We're here to help you slim your wallet.

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