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Wallet Essentials – Things to keep in your wallet and things you shouldn’t

If you have recently bought a new wallet, clearing out your old one is a task you need to complete. In this article we go through the wallet essentials, which include a list of things that you should carry in your wallet an a list of things that you shouldn’t.

Things to Keep in your wallet:

Cash

In this modern day world, you will likely use your credit or debit cards for most purchases. However, it is also important to carry a bit of cash, too. Not all places accept card, it is therefore likely that you will have to make the occasional cash purchase. It is also good to be prepared, just in case a card machine isn’t working for example, you don’t want to get stuck trying to find an ATM.

Debit Cards & Credit Cards

Not only can you use your debit card to make purchases, but you can also use it to get cash at an ATM. If you need cash quickly, a debit card is the way to go. A credit card is also good to have around for emergencies.

Contact Information

It is always handy to have up to date contact information in your wallet, with your phone number. Therefore if you were to lose your wallet, someone will be able to contact you if they find it. You should also include the contact information of a relative, in case of an accident or emergency.

Identification

No matter where you are going, you must always carry a form of identification such as your drivers licence. lf you happen to get pulled over when driving, and you don’t have a form of ID, you could be left with a large fine.

Things NOT to Keep in your wallet:

Passwords & PINs

Scraps of paper with sensitive information such as PINs and passwords are inherently risky. Instead, try a digital password keeper. Or, if you’d prefer sticking to paper, keep that paper at home. You don’t want someone to take your wallet with your bank cards, personal information AND the passwords that they need.

Birth certificate

Your birth certificate is another easy way for identity thieves to impersonate you. Keep it at home in a fireproof safe or in a safe deposit box at the bank. If you carry this round as a form as identification, there are many other, safer, alternatives.

Blank Checks

As obvious as it seems, blank checks are one of the things that you should not keep in your wallet. If someone were to get hold of them, it won’t be hard to forge your name and cash them.

Finally, once you have your new wallet and have transferred over all the essentials, it’s a good idea to keep a copy of the contents. You should keep this at home in a safe place and NOT in your wallet. Therefore if your wallet was to get lost or stolen, you’ll know exactly what you’ve lost and who to call to replace it.

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