For years I have used a leather wallet with a zipper around it. To be honest I hate dropping my wallet and cards going everywhere. This wallet works fine for it and lasts about five years before it needs replacing. Lately Jeff and Sean have been going on and on about their Umbra Bungee Wallets which look cool but I have never liked carrying. They have been going on and on about how slim they are which is something that is kind of important. No one wants to have George Costanza wallet.
Last week I lost my wallet. I am 99% sure it is in our house but I fear that it was tossed out by Oliver or Mark while cleaning. I was going to swallow my pride and get one of those Umbra wallets but that would mean that I value Jeff and Sean’s opinions on accessorizing. The next you know I’ll be taking council’s advice on how many bridge lanes the city needs. It’s a slippery slope. I was seriously thinking of getting a Bellroy Wallet but $60 for a wallet is more than I wanted to pay.
Instead I looked around and found a Joseph Abboud Front Pocket Wallet which as you can see, is extremely thin and compact and minimizes the bulk of most wallets. I bought it for $8. In case you are thinking that I have lost it and have gone off the deep end, Walmart has a large selection of front pocket wallets, which I don’t know if that helps my point or destroys it.
Of course it is extremely thin now as all I have in it is my temporary drivers licence and my BMO Debit Card. I hate losing wallets.
In case you want to slim down your wallet, Bellroy has some excellent tips but I also discovered Stocard which really what Apple’s Passport should have been. It scans and keeps track of all of my reward cards in one place. Here is the screenshot of what it holds (and you now know what reward programs that I belong to)
Once you enter in your member number (or let it scan in your card’s barcode) all I have to do is fire up the app and let the store scanner scan the barcode (or if that doesn’t work, touch the screen and your member number comes up right away). Like most of you, I always have my phone on me so there is no point in carrying it and a wallet full of reward cards). It’s free and you can get the app for iOS and Android. I can’t recommend it enough. That and it’s not an Umbra cardholder so we all win.
As noticed by Chris Enns, OurYXE‘s podcast appeared in iTunes’ New & Noteworthy category last week. You can listen to our podcast online, subscribe via RSS, or listen in with iTunes. There are also two new episodes that went online this weekend. Episode 8 with Pat Lorje and Episode 9 which features Sean and I talking about an independent election commission and Saskatoon’s inability to understand how things like snow removal is an essential service that needs to be provided.
Janice Braden joined us for the OurYXE podcast this week where we talked for a little over an hour about the Municipal Planning Commission, architecture, affordable housing, and city building. It was a great discussion and I learned a lot from Janice. Next weekend we are looking at chatting with Shaun Dyer, the executive director of the John Howard Society. We will be talking about corrections, crime, and our community.