How To Declutter Your Wallet
My wallet has always collected all my slips and store cards and coins, but in recent years I’ve wanted to simplify my life and keep everything to the bare minimum. I always thought I needed to keep all my coins in my wallet and keep all my loyalty cards on me at all times. Until I realised how much I was carrying on me at all times, and how little of it I actually used on my average trip out to the shops.
So let’s start with getting rid of the non eseentials.
When you get a till slip for a Coke, or something small that doesn’t need filing, throw it out in the bin at the shop you bought it at. Simple. For bigger purchases where you need to keep the till slip, file the slip as soon as you get home. Never ever keep till slips in your wallet. They end up taking up loads of space, destroying your wallet and you’ll probably lose them.
When you receive change at the shop, chuck any coins smaller than R1 into the charity tins at the counter. Any silver coins go straight into your pocket, and when you get to your car, throw them into a compartment where you can use them to tip petrol attendants or car guards. Or take them out at home every couple of days and throw them into a money tin. At the end of the month you’ll have a bit of cash to throw about on drinks or something.
Get a bank card with unlimited swipes
The easiest way to reduce what you carry with you is to keep less money. Pay with your debit card, but make sure you’re using an account where you have unlimited swipes. This way you can swipe for small items without worrying about what you’re going to pay for that swipe.
Buy a slimline wallet
The more space you have to store stuff, the more you’re likely to use up. I’ve got a Matblac wallet, and it stores notes (no coins) and about 2-6 cards. I have my debit card, Woolworths card, business credit card and my drivers licence. I use those almost daily and so they can stay in my wallet. I don’t carry any store cards on me anymore.
Store your loyalty cards
Loyalty cards nearly took over my life. Until I threw them all in my glove compartment. I keep all my cards locked in there and then when I know I’m going to a certain shop, I just slip the required card in my pocket. And if I forget the card…well you know what? Who cares. The small amount of money you get back isn’t really worth the energy of worrying about it.
My wallet currently contains:
1 x debit card
1 x business credit card
1 x Woolworths store card
1x drivers licence
And this is it compared to my old wallet with coins, and every card on the planet (I even stored an extra card holder in the centre, adding to the bulk of it)
And there we go, my life is simplified one step further. Fantastic!