The other day when I was home — I hardly remember what it’s like to be home — anyway the other day I took out my wallet. Grant saw it and said, “Dad, that’s a fat wallet.” I never had thought of my wallet as fat. But I looked at it and, yes, it is fat. Grant said the new style of wallet is slim. He showed me his, wafer thin. Since then I’ve peeked at my friends’ wallets when they take them out and they’re slim. I never knew my wallet is so out of style.

My wallet is fat because it holds money, credit cards, car insurance cards, health insurance cards, my Safeway club card, my Marriott and United Air Lines cards, my AAA card, driver’s license, Landmark movie theater card, some photos. I’m sure I’m missing some cards and other stuff.

So I ask you, do you have a slim wallet or a fat wallet like mine? If you have a thin wallet how in the world do you manage it?

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  1. J Canseco

    There’s no reason to carry most of that stuff around every day. For any discount card (Safeway, Petco etc) you can enter your phone number. Receipts are obsolete: buy anything important on a credit card. I carry $100 in cash, my drivers licence, and a credit card. That’s it.

    October 18th, 2012 1:29 pm

  2. StevenG

    Thin wallet: http://www.brookstone.com/ultra-thin-card-wallet?catId=L3_CardWallet

    I am able to keep 3 credit cards, dental insurance card, health insurance card, AAA card , driver’s license, a blank check, and my car insurance card. I keep a money clip for cash. I don’t carry photos (mobile phone), receipts (pocket until I recycle them at home), or cards like a safeway card. Most cards of that nature don’t have to be swiped. I use my phone number instead.

    October 18th, 2012 1:33 pm

  3. Hoferfan67

    LC, big fat wallets are a thing of the past. Eventually, they will be gone for good because mobile phones pay apps will be the way to handle transactions. Big wallets are similar to watches, you don’t need them because now with the mobile phone, knowing the time is always within reach.

    Think of it this way, when you go to Safeway to buy that discounted six pack of wine, add the Safeway card to your thin wallet. When you go to see the latest film, add the theater card to your thin wallet. When you are going on a flight to cover the 9ers or Giants, add the airline mileage card to your thin wallet. You get the point. Just don’t forget to remove the cards when you get home! Now you’ll never be out of wallet style again! Good times.

    October 18th, 2012 1:46 pm

  4. KauaiRobert

    I have a wife with a big purse.

    October 18th, 2012 2:01 pm

  5. Stan

    Old style. And I like it that way. Even when young I hated change..even if I knew change can be good,doesn’t always hurt..I still don’t like change. I just have cards,don’t carry any cash,or change. So,if you were thinking of mugging me….

    October 18th, 2012 2:12 pm

  6. lameduck

    I have a big wife and a purse – :) just kidding. My wallet is fat. My wife bought it for me 20 years ago. Now she want’s to get me one of the new slim ones as well. I had to stand at fair booths looking at wallets I didn’t want for a couple of hours but so far I’m still clinging to my trusty fat wallet.

    I believe there was a Seinfeld episode about this…

    October 18th, 2012 3:41 pm

  7. Dennis

    I carry a thin wallet. I have for over 30 years. I carry as few credit cards as I possibly can, a drivers license, insurance, AAA card and some receipts until I can give them to my wife or my secretary. My money is in a money clip in my front pocket close to a very sensitive part of my body. I made this change a long time ago because I couldn’t stand sitting on a fat wallet. It just threw me off. I started having hip problems.

    October 18th, 2012 5:01 pm

  8. Dennis

    oh, and absolutely no pictures. I know what everyone looks like and nobody else really cares. I don’t even have pictures of people on my iphone.

    October 18th, 2012 5:04 pm

  9. Brady

    Thin wallet. License, credit card, gas card, insurance, and a little bit of money. I’ve got no reason for anything else in there.

    October 18th, 2012 8:33 pm

  10. Albert Park

    Every few years I get a new thin wallet. Eventually it becomes a fat wallet. Then i start over with a new thin wallet. And it doesn’t bother me at all!

    Of course, much of the fatness is due to owning actual cash. And good credit. And memberships. (No pictures). When I was young I had none of these things (except pictures). My wallet was very thin. I am much happier now with my fat wallet.

    October 18th, 2012 11:54 pm

  11. glenellen

    Ok, my take on fat wallets:
    Do not put this fat wallet in your back pants pocket. It can actually throw your hip out of wack. Especially when driving, remove the fat wallet from back pants pocket. The poor body has this big buldge on one side. Very physically unhealthy.

    If you start having hip issues you can point to the fat wallet.

    Go through the fat wallet, you can usually remove a ton of non needed stuff to make it thinner. (The people that wanted to impress you with their business cards.) Put all that stuff in a drawer at home if you think they be important later.

    Now put the thinner model in front pocket. Give it a try.

    October 19th, 2012 11:03 am

  12. Stan

    I have T-shirts,,coffee mugs,and radio’s older then then the target of most demographics. Oh,I have newer versions too..but if the old things are comfortable..why get rid of them?

    October 19th, 2012 11:54 am

  13. Dan

    I bought a thin wallet over the summer. Three weeks ago I didnt notice the wallet was still a pair of pants I was putting in the washer. It wasnt until I went to empty the dryer that I noticed several cards thrown about the dryer. Other than my ATM card, the wallet and contents seem to be fine…..but now my thin wallet is much thiner.

    October 19th, 2012 1:30 pm

  14. Stan

    Fat Wallet…hmm,would be a great name for a hip hop star.

    October 19th, 2012 4:51 pm

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