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.
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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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: justoneclubcard.com
The site currently has over 120 cards in their database that you can choose from, but even if your card isnâ€™t listed, you can just use their â€œadvancedâ€ 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
All-ett thin wallet (European, Spinnaker)
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
Jimi thin wallet
Billed as â€œThe wallet for people who hate walletsâ€, 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.
Website: Jimi Wallet
3. Slimmy Wallets Review
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 â€” the Slimmy, the ViewSlimmy, and the SlimSlimmy. All feature an open, three-pocket design that holds the essentials â€” 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.
Website: Slimmy Wallet
4. Beza Money Clamp Review
Beza Money Clamp
The Beza Money Clamp claims to be the only money clip in the world that works â€” 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Website: Timbuk2 Triple Card Wallet
11. Dopp Regatta 88 Series Front Getaway Pocket Review
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.
12. Coach Signature Stripe Card Case Review
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.
13. BigSkinny Thin Wallet Review
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.
Website: Big Skinny