Change Fat Wallets To Super Thin and Slim Wallets – A Review

Do you have a fat wallet overflowing with stuff that you wish you just trim down? If you have watched the episode of Seinfeld where George Costanza goes on about his wallet problems, you know what I mean.

A fat wallet gives you back problems by pressing on your nerves (literally!) when you sit on your fat wallet all day. Don’t think so? Well think about all the time you spend sitting on your fat wallet when you are driving, are in meetings, having lunch, commuting on the bus or train, etc. That’s a problem.

On top of that, it’s AWFUL LOOKING. It gives you that big bulge that’s just ugly.

But well guess what, you can trim down your wallet easily. You just need to know how. Here’re some easy ways to have a thin wallet again.

Fat wallet  - change to a thin and slim wallet!
A great big fat thick wallet. Urgh.

Get Rid of Junk

If you’re like me, then your wallet is filled with unnecessary things. Get rid of them! Here are some examples of things that you really shouldn’t be keeping in your wallet:

  1. Photographs – You might keep photographs of your loved ones in your wallet, but honestly, is keeping those photographs in your wallet the best place these days? I have all my photographs in my phone, and it’s much more accessible!
  2. Receipts – Yes, you need to keep receipts, but no, you don’t have to keep them in your wallet forever. If you get a receipt that day, process it that day. Record down the amount and keep it at home and out of your wallet.
  3. Namecards – You shouldn’t be keeping your own namecards in your wallet, because it’s a etiquette faux pas. Keep them in a separate business card holder. And for the namecards you get from people that you meet, take them out and keep them at home at the end of the day. If it’s someone that you foresee that you might contact, then store their contacts in your phone – it makes it more convenient for you to contact them that way too.

Combine Multiple Club Cards into One

When I stumbled upon this site, it was a Why-Didn’t-I-Think-Of-That moment, so kudos to its creator. What this site does is simple: it allows you to combine all the club cards’ barcodes that you have into a single card that you can print out yourself. Check it out yourself, it’s idiot-proof! Here’s the website:

The site currently has over 120 cards in their database that you can choose from, but even if your card isn’t listed, you can just use their “advanced” feature to try to create your own barcode using one of the 12 standard barcode symbol sets.

Get a Super-thin wallet, The Thinnest You Can Find!

When I bought my previous wallet, I thought it looked slim. As time went back, I realised that it wasn’t as slim as I thought it was. The problem was all that extra leather material made everything really thick – much thicker than it really needs to be. So finally I went around the Internet, looking around for nice wallet alternatives that I could use. Here are some that I found, and my opinion / review on these thin wallets.

1. All-Ett Wallets (Bi-fold, tri-fold, card case) Review

Fat wallet - change to a thin and slim All-ett wallet (European, Spinnaker)
All-ett thin wallet (European, Spinnaker)

Fat wallet - change to a thin and slim All-ett wallet (Original, Leather)
All-ett thin wallet (Original, Leather)

Comes in the conventional bi-fold and tri-fold forms, and is supposedly really thin. How it manages to be so thin lies in the fact that it uses Spinnaker cloth, and that your cards are stacked directly on top of each other with no separation between them.

Spinnaker is like nylon, but is strong, yet extremely thin and light-weight. It is typically used in making sailboat sails, so you know it won’t fray or crack, and it’s is water resistant and washable too. Vegans might appreciate this material as no animal products are used in its manufacture.

Pros: Super thin, very light. Can be put in front pocket (actually, it’s recommended that you keep this wallet in your front pocket)

Cons: You need around 3 cards in each card slot before your cards feel more snug and secure, otherwise cards can slide around. Also, there is a crinkly noise because of the spinnaker material (less apparent in the leather versions)

Price: $19.95 (Junior Spinnaker)

Website: All-Ett Wallet

2. Jimi Wallets Review

Fat wallet - change to a thin and slim Jimi wallet!
Jimi thin wallet

Billed as “The wallet for people who hate wallets”, the Jimi wallet is made out of translucent, 100% recycled plastic. It holds 5 cards, some cash and a few other items.

Pros: Funky design that’s great for outdoor use.

Cons: Looks a bit too kiddy for my liking, limited space for cash bills.

Price: $14.50

Website: Jimi Wallet

3. Slimmy Wallets Review

Fat wallet - change to a thin and slim leather Slimmy wallet!
Slimmy thin leather wallet

The Slimmy wallet is an ultra slim wallet that is an excellent front pocket wallet for any occasion, eliminating the bulk and bulge of traditional bi and tri-folds. It is made from high-quality full-grain leather.

The Slimmy wallet comes in three versions — the Slimmy, the ViewSlimmy, and the SlimSlimmy. All feature an open, three-pocket design that holds the essentials — cash, credit cards, driver’s license, and receipts. My favorite is the Slimmy ($22; black, brown or tan). It’s simply the perfect front-pocket wallet. The ViewSlimmy ($26; black or tan) is identical to the original, but adds a window for displaying an ID. The SlimSlimmy ($33; black or brown) is even slimmer – you’ll need to triple-fold your cash.

Pros: Simple and sleek.

Cons: Bills need to be folded in half like how you would use a money clip, and triple-folded for the SlimSlimmy (worse for long receipts). But don’t put too many cards in, because it gets thick quick. Also, push cards down really well or else they MAY fall out.

Price: $23.95

Website: Slimmy Wallet

4. Beza Money Clamp Review

Fat wallet - change to a thin and slim beza money clamp!
Beza Money Clamp

The Beza Money Clamp claims to be the only money clip in the world that works — whether you’re carrying 1 bill and 1 credit card or 25 bills and 12 cards. The owner got the idea from seeing people using those black paper binding clips as a money clip. Note that the Geneva is basically the Cash Clamp with a separate leather wallet for cards.

Pros: Sexxxxxy.

Cons: I’m just not comfortable with money clips, but if I were, this would be the money clip of my choice.


5. Money Band Review

Fat wallet - change to a thin and slim minimalistic money band!
Money Band

The Money-band claims to be the original rubber band wallet replacement. More versatile and slimmer than a money clip, it is on average 1/2 inch shorter in length than standard office rubber bands, and made from natural rubber (and because it’s natural rubber, it fatigues, which explains why it comes in a 5-band package.

Pros: Minimalist. You can’t get any smaller than this.

Cons: It’s just too minimalistic for me, there’s minimalist and then there’s bare.


6. Stretch Money Holder Review

Fat wallet - change to a thin and slim minimalistic stretch money holder!
Stretch Money Holder

The Stretch Money Holder is fairly unique – it uses dual band system where rigidness of the cards supports the money from crumpling, while the money acts as a shield to protect the cards.

Pros: Unique and minimalist. Not a lot of people would have seen or used this before.

Cons: I’m naturally biased against money clip or similar products because of the lack of privacy.


7. Storus Smart Money Clip Review

Thin and slim minimalistic Storus smart money clip with card case!
Storus Smart Money Clip

The Storus Smart Money is a innovative wallet replacement. The Clip Card channel securely holds a single card, or up to five cards, while the Clip tightly holds bills, receipts, and up to 5 additional cards.

Pros: One of the better money clips + card systems.

Cons: I’m naturally biased towards money clip or similar products.


8. Rogue Wallet Review

Thin and slim minimalistic Rogue Curved & Rounded Front Pocket Wallet
Rogue Front Pocket Wallet

The Rogue Front Pocket Wallet is a front pocket wallet with a curved design that opens up at the top (the portion with the curved edge) like a standard billfold wallet. A lined pocket, card slots and a clear window allow you to store cash, receipts and cards.

Pros: Unique design with a clear window for ID, acts like a standard bi-fold.

Cons: A little thicker than the other bi-folds like the Big Skinny or All-Ett.


9. WalletBe Front Pocket Wallet Review

Thin and slim minimalistic WalletBe Front Pocket Wallet
WalletBe Front Pocket Wallet

The WalletBe Front Pocket Wallet comes in only black and holds up to 10 cards, and has an easy-access inner-ID window. An inner elastic pouch holds receipts, business cards, etc., with a handy elastic band to hold cash in place.

Pros: Clear window for ID, flip design allows for privacy

Cons: The bi-fold design does make it little thicker than the other wallets.


10. Timbuk2 Card Wallet Review

Thin and slim minimalistic Timbuk2 Card Front Pocket Wallet
Timbuk2 Triple Card Wallet

Rugged simplicity with just 3 card slots.

Pros: Simple and thin.

Cons: Sporty look doesn’t lend well to formal occasions.

Price: $12.42

Website: Timbuk2 Triple Card Wallet

11. Dopp Regatta 88 Series Front Getaway Pocket Review

Thin and slim minimalistic Dopp Regatta 88 Series Front Getaway Pocket
Dopp Regatta 88 Series Front Getaway Pocket

Throw your ID, cash and your credit cards into this stylish and slim case.

Pros: Simple and thin, yet be organised with multiple compartments.

Cons: Need to fold bills in half.

Price: $20

Website: Dopp Regatta 88 Series Front Getaway Pocket

12. Coach Signature Stripe Card Case Review

Thin and slim minimalistic Coach Signature Stripe Card Case
Coach Signature Stripe Card Case

This luxury card wallet features 3 credit card pockets and an interior multi-function pocket with Coach’s signature jacquard fabric with leather trim.

Pros: Classy, thin, neat.

Cons: Need to fold bills in half.

Price: $78


13. BigSkinny Thin Wallet Review

Thin and slim minimalistic BigSkinny Thin Wallet
BigSkinny Thin Wallet

This wallet by BigSkinny claims to be the world’s slimmest wallet – but I doubt it beats the All-Ett.

Pros: A thin bi-fold and yet has multiple compartments so you can still be organised.

Cons: Ugly logo.

Price: $19.95

Website: Big Skinny

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Alvin Poh lives in Singapore, and is interested in marketing, techy stuff, and likes to just figure out how the two can work with each other. He can also be found on Google+.

16 comments On Change Fat Wallets To Super Thin and Slim Wallets – A Review

  • hi Alvin,

    thanks for mentioning my wallets on your blog. I now have 8 new designs–check out my updated website

    The San Diego Transcript recently compared 3 skinny wallets, mine, the all-ett, and another card case–They choose the Big Skinny…

  • For what it’s worth; Money-band rocks!
    I may look ‘bare’ but it holds all your stuff in just fine.
    You’d be surprised.


  • No thanks! My gf complained about my fat wallet & got me a Bosca money clip with a window & card slot–that thing was worthless! I need to carry certain stuff, and it didn’t work out–everythign was exposed. Then she got me a 6 CC Mont Blanc Meitsterstuck wallet and I am more diligent about cleaning it out–it’s perfect! Classic good looks and the patina of the leather as it ages just improves its discreetness. Very neat size. My advice, just clean out the excess regularly!!

  • great article! Time to get one of these for myself.

  • glad these helped, I spent quite a while looking through the various wallet alternatives out there, so I’m glad my research’s useful to others as well 🙂

  • Great research! I just got the LSU stretch. Thanks for all your help in narowing down the search and my FAT wallet! Plus, who ever came up with carrying a fat wallet in a back pocket anyway? It’s a pain in the butt and wears a whole in my 501’s.

  • No worries! I hated the fat wallet too, which led me to sourcing out all the thin wallet alternatives. I got the big skinny in the end, but I went with the leather version, which wasn’t as thin as I had hoped.

  • I always hated money clips too, but upon seeing your review for the Beza Money Clamp, looking into it further, and taking the plunge, I have decided that it’s the greatest wallet I’ve ever owned. All the things I hate about money clips (lack of organizational potential, weak support, and limited storage capacity) are completely absent from this system.

    I don’t even have to worry about cards falling out once the leather on the wallet has stretched (a common concern with external card slots), because one would have to tug quite deliberately to make them budge from the under the firm support of the clamp. Thanks so much for pointing me in the right direction!

    —Barrett, Stallings NC

  • glad to be of help 🙂

  • check out the dosh

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  • Where can I buy the Money Clamp in Singapore?

  • Actually I haven’t seen it in Singapore. You could order it online though

  • There use to be, many years ago, a wallet manufacturer in New York, or at least they were distributed from New York who advertised the worlds slimmest wallet. They were beautiful with gold corners. Several styles. I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the firm. Can you help?
    They were not sold in stores, only by mail in ads in large publications, IE. New Yorker etc.

  • anyone have an opinoin on the Billykirk card case or the MAKR wallet? Thanks

  • Have a look at my invention called the Bandit Wallet.

    It's an elastic money band made of fabric that is smooth on the outside and rubber on the inside. The rubber grips your cash / cards while sliding easily into your pocket.

    It looks a little like the Stretch Money Holder but I don't separate out the cards from the cash. And, there product is not rubber on the inside, which is what makes the Bandit special and different!

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