Lately, I’ve been getting comments from my friends about the size of my wallet. And last week, when my wallet’s clasp broke, I decided that maybe I should take my friends’ advice and thin out my wallet.
It’s not that my wallet is bursting with cash – to the contrary, actually. I’ve got some coins in there, but those don’t add much to the weight. What my wallet does have, though, are lots of memories.
As I clean out my wallet in preparation for buying a new one (I have a personal policy that I don’t spend more on a wallet than I currently have in it), here are some of the things I found that I will (sadly) get rid of:
- An old, washed out receipt from Dunkin Donuts for a strawberry banana smoothie from October 2008.
- A gift certificate to Homer’s Ice Cream printed on a red slip of paper – I think I won this at a bar mitzvah in middle school.
- My CTA U-Pass from my sophomore year of college when my journalism class met in Uptown. Best quarter of my life – there’s something to be said for taking the L from Foster to Davis for free to avoid walking a few blocks in the freezing cold. Also, I’ll get rid of my expired Chicago Card.
- My contacts prescription from January 2004 – never know when I might need an emergency pair of glasses, but I should probably get checked soon for a new prescription.
- Voter Identification Card – Niles Township, Precinct 7, 9th congressional district, etc. – interesting information, but I’ve never been asked to show this card to vote. (I won’t throw this away, it just doesn’t need to be in my wallet.)
- ID card from senior year of high school – in case I get stopped in the hallway during passing period, I guess.
- Discount card from Froots, a smoothie store in Evanston that no longer exists.
- A Visa gift card with a remaining balance of $0.00. Could be useful…or not.
Now, time for a new wallet to fill to the brink with new memories!
(And for the meantime, my old wallet with fewer “memories” is much thiner!)