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post #1 of 56
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After 5 years of service my wallet finally broke. It wasn't the fault of head-fi , although I did feel sorry for it . I wonder if the fine gentlemen of this forum can help me find a new one. I'm looking for a full leather wallet with room for at least 9 cards (the more the better), a coin pocket with a zipper and separate room for 2 kinds of bills (I travel a lot). It needs to fit in the inside pocket of my jacket but shouldn't be too small. My budget would be around $75. What brand type should I get and where should I order it online?

Thanks in advance for the advice!
post #2 of 56
If you can cope with a longer wallet (meant for a jacket pocket), this Tumi should meet your needs, albeit not within your budget. This design is more popular in Europe than in the US, and you can find versions in full leather from Montblanc, Dunhill and others, even further from your budget. It has 3 long pockets that can accommodate bank notes, bills or business cards.
post #3 of 56
Thats a nice looking wallet.
post #4 of 56
dpends where you work and how much you like to keep in there...e.g are you one of the people that struggles to close their wallet?
post #5 of 56
You really need to learn how to minimize what you carry with you. Do you REALLY use all 9 of those cards on a daily basis? How often are you really going to REALISTICALLY carry different currencies? Can you really not keep your change at home and what little you get during the day in your pocket? By the sounds of it, you probably have 98374658237465 receipts months old packed into that beast as well.

These are questions you need to ask yourself. Carrying around that much, you need a purse, but are just too ashamed to carry one. Wallets don't break unless they're too full. My dad has had the same cheapo $10 wallet from Walmart for the past 12 years. It's not about quality, it's about how much garbage is in it.

Carry only what you need. I have a bunch of different store credit cards, gift cards and what nots, but you know what's in my wallet? Money(hopefully, lol), my drivers license, my ID card, and my bank card. Yeah, it would be nice carrying all those other things and have it on tap, but really, you shouldn't need anything else. Two forms of ID and your bank card with some cash is all you should ever need. This also minimizes loss if you ever god forbid lose your wallet.
post #6 of 56
I carry with me 12 cards that, with maybe three exceptions, all get used on at least a weekly basis. Those three are used at least monthly.

They are:

Driver's License
Insurance Card (never used but have to carry it with me)
Firearm Owner ID (stupid IL state law)
ATM/Debit Card
Library Card (used monthly)
Grocery Store Card
Blockbuster card
BestBuy Reward Zone Card (monthly)
Bass Pro Shops card (monthly)
VISA Card
MasterCard
CTA Transit Card

I also carry around a commuter train ticket and some business cards.

Of all the above, I'm not comfortable taking out any one of them except the BestBuy card since I usually plan when I'm going there. I do use a money clip so I don't carry cash in my wallet. I've never 'broken' a wallet but I do buy a new one every five years or so just to have something new.

I just think it might be a little hasty to say someone is carrying too much in his wallet just because you feel you can get by with less.
post #7 of 56
Every mens magazine has proven with SEVERAL tests that you can really get by with just your IDs, bank card, and if you carry a gun on you, a CWL. Transit ticket if you use public transport like a train or bus.

Even the busiest and biggest spending individuals have been tested and shown that throughout their day, they don't even need an ID card on them, but it's just smart to always have it on you if something were to happen. Tests have shown most people can go through the WHOLE DAY carrying JUST a debit or credit card, and most of the time don't even get ID'd. They've also shown that the only reason most people go into their wallet is to grab that debit card, or in some cases if ID'd, the ID. All other things were just excess baggage.

Women have even adapted at carrying less with a purse. Have you seen how small some purses are? If a woman can minimize, surely a guy can slim down the wallet.

I'll use your wallet, not you per say, but your wallet as an example. Leave the cards you don't use at home. The cards you don't use, you're likely at home when you plan to go to the places associated with them anyways, so put them somewhere secure, or in a drawer.

You ALWAYS have your wallet on you, are you going to Blockbuster EVERY TIME you go out? Library? Grocery store (don't those usually have keychain versions anyways?)? Best buy? Bass Pro?

Right in your own list, you can eliminate ATLEAST 3 cards (monthly ones) right off the bat.

Blockbuster, they can look you up in the computer if you go there before you get a chance to go home.

Library, they too can look you up if you go unexpectedly. That's probably the most useless of cards to carry because that's probably the LEAST visited places of all the cards you carry with you.

Insurance card, health insurance? OK, that one is plausible, but car insurance? Why not leave that in your glovebox? When do you ever need to use it when NOT in your car?

Do you really need to carry TWO credit cards? One for emergencies, sure, but wtf is the other one for? If that one gets declined? Emergency of an emergency? Leave it at home in a safe.

It's not "getting by", it's carrying lightly/smartly and NOT carrying what you DON'T need. What if you lost your wallet? You'd be SOL cause you have no IDs, no credit cards, and all your other cards are gone to boot. That's A LOT of calling to do when you get home. Not to mention, every time you sit down, you sit on a 3 inch brick. I used to carry a HUGE wallet, and after carrying minimal, I've never looked back.
post #8 of 56
This site can help you consolidate multiple store cards onto a single card:
Just One Club Card - Combine All Of Your Club Cards
post #9 of 56
Good thread.

I am particular too about my wallet. For, me it must have a small change purse inside and a zipper to secure the inner contents when I am traveling.

I find that a zipper is great because when I travel, I can secure it more in my pocket with a safety pin (the zipper pull usually has a hole for the safety pin connection). This way, it will never fall out of my pocket and pick pocketers will never be able to take it.

BTW, here's a wallet for the audiophile spender:

post #10 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by majid View Post
This site can help you consolidate multiple store cards onto a single card:
Just One Club Card - Combine All Of Your Club Cards
Damn...that's sweet!!!!
post #11 of 56
I scan these into a .jpg and store it on my cell phone:

Library Card (used monthly)
Grocery Store Card
Blockbuster card
post #12 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by oicdn View Post
Do you really need to carry TWO credit cards? One for emergencies, sure, but wtf is the other one for? If that one gets declined? Emergency of an emergency? Leave it at home in a safe.
Some people do need to carry two credit cards. For example, with my job, I need to fly home and back to work every 2-3 weeks and I am not allowed, by the rules of my company, to charge my flights to my personal card. In fact, if I try to schedule a flight without my company issue credit card, I get rejected. I also cannot charge hotels on my personal credit card or personal gear that I may have to buy during the job. If I do try to, I have to file for personal reimbursement and that can occasionally take a couple of months to properly come through.

Personally, I use an old Nautica Tri-Fold that my parents got me nearly 5 years ago. It holds everything I carry in it, and when fully folded, comes out to 3/4" thick. Slips into my pocket easily, and comes out just as easily. My father uses the same style wallet, but carries nearly every card he owns as well as craploads of receipts in his. It's bursting at the seams and I'm surprised that it has managed to hold on as long as it did.
post #13 of 56
For the people who use tri-folds out there: How do you store your money? I have to use a bi-fold so my money doesn't get all messed up.
post #14 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by oicdn View Post
You really need to learn how to minimize what you carry with you. Do you REALLY use all 9 of those cards on a daily basis? How often are you really going to REALISTICALLY carry different currencies? Can you really not keep your change at home and what little you get during the day in your pocket? By the sounds of it, you probably have 98374658237465 receipts months old packed into that beast as well.

These are questions you need to ask yourself. Carrying around that much, you need a purse, but are just too ashamed to carry one. Wallets don't break unless they're too full. My dad has had the same cheapo $10 wallet from Walmart for the past 12 years. It's not about quality, it's about how much garbage is in it.

Carry only what you need. I have a bunch of different store credit cards, gift cards and what nots, but you know what's in my wallet? Money(hopefully, lol), my drivers license, my ID card, and my bank card. Yeah, it would be nice carrying all those other things and have it on tap, but really, you shouldn't need anything else. Two forms of ID and your bank card with some cash is all you should ever need. This also minimizes loss if you ever god forbid lose your wallet.
Quote:
Originally Posted by oicdn View Post
Every mens magazine has proven with SEVERAL tests that you can really get by with just your IDs, bank card, and if you carry a gun on you, a CWL. Transit ticket if you use public transport like a train or bus.

Even the busiest and biggest spending individuals have been tested and shown that throughout their day, they don't even need an ID card on them, but it's just smart to always have it on you if something were to happen. Tests have shown most people can go through the WHOLE DAY carrying JUST a debit or credit card, and most of the time don't even get ID'd. They've also shown that the only reason most people go into their wallet is to grab that debit card, or in some cases if ID'd, the ID. All other things were just excess baggage.

Women have even adapted at carrying less with a purse. Have you seen how small some purses are? If a woman can minimize, surely a guy can slim down the wallet.

I'll use your wallet, not you per say, but your wallet as an example. Leave the cards you don't use at home. The cards you don't use, you're likely at home when you plan to go to the places associated with them anyways, so put them somewhere secure, or in a drawer.

You ALWAYS have your wallet on you, are you going to Blockbuster EVERY TIME you go out? Library? Grocery store (don't those usually have keychain versions anyways?)? Best buy? Bass Pro?

Right in your own list, you can eliminate ATLEAST 3 cards (monthly ones) right off the bat.

Blockbuster, they can look you up in the computer if you go there before you get a chance to go home.

Library, they too can look you up if you go unexpectedly. That's probably the most useless of cards to carry because that's probably the LEAST visited places of all the cards you carry with you.

Insurance card, health insurance? OK, that one is plausible, but car insurance? Why not leave that in your glovebox? When do you ever need to use it when NOT in your car?

Do you really need to carry TWO credit cards? One for emergencies, sure, but wtf is the other one for? If that one gets declined? Emergency of an emergency? Leave it at home in a safe.

It's not "getting by", it's carrying lightly/smartly and NOT carrying what you DON'T need. What if you lost your wallet? You'd be SOL cause you have no IDs, no credit cards, and all your other cards are gone to boot. That's A LOT of calling to do when you get home. Not to mention, every time you sit down, you sit on a 3 inch brick. I used to carry a HUGE wallet, and after carrying minimal, I've never looked back.
Or, people can carry whatever the **** they want to in their wallet, regardless of the consequences.
post #15 of 56
I share many of oicdn ideas.

I like to keep things minimized. So much in fact I don't even carry a wallet- because that in itself is too much to carry. (too much bulk). all I need is a debit card, and CTA transit card, and sometimes a little cash. Anything else is planned ahead before I need the other cards, or just never needed (like ID).
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