If you have purchased - or are considering buying - a new Big Skinny wallet, you have made a wise decision. Big Skinny wallets are of course the world's thinnest wallets and this ultra-thin, flat design makes the wallet very light and comfortable to have in your pocket. Despite this light size, our wallets can hold a large number of credit, debit and ID cards as well as cash. Although our wallets sizes are 50 percent smaller than regular wallets when filled properly, you should not cram all of your plastic cards, cash and paper receipts into the wallet and expect the same results. If you stretch your wallet to the maximum size, the fit will not be as comfortable as it should be and more importantly, you should not leave your house with all of your financial possessions in your back pocket. We want you to get all of the benefits of our Big Skinny wallets, therefore, we are providing you with tips on how to pack a wallet.
First, you should only carry the essentials in your wallet: a driver's license, credit card and bank cards and some cash. If you are a person who feels comfortable in public carrying a couple of $20 bills because you tend to use your debit card for purchases, carry only the two $20 bills. Our wallets are designed with a unique rubberized backing that is added to the reverse of the material that makes it harder to lose your cards and cash. The fact that your cash will be more secure (from falling out) with our wallets does not mean you should carry 30 or 40 paper bills at one time. Use this same philosophy for your plastic cards. Big Skinny wallets have extra-wide pockets that each can fit three to five plastic cards. These pockets are roomier for your fingers and the rubberized backing helps to keep your cards in the wallet. You should realistically only need to carry a debit card and one or two credit cards when you leave the house. Combined with a gas card and automobile club card, five total plastic cards are more than sufficient. Although we say our wallets can hold 20, 25 or 30 plastic cards, do you really need to leave the house with that much plastic? Pack only what you need and you will be good to go.
Second, our wallets have generously sized sections to hold your cash. As a result, you should also place your cash in the wallet in a flat, horizontal manner. There is really no need to fold your cash for placement in the wallet, especially if you choose to place your cash in the credit card pockets. Folded cash wastes space in the wallet and quickly increases the size of the wallet. This defeats the purpose of seeking out a thin wallet. If you are not a fan of using a wallet's billfold area for holding your cash, consider using a money clip bi-fold wallet. Your cash will be held in front of your credit cards by a secure money clip and this design makes it less likely for you to stuff your wallet with large quantities of paper currency.
Third, remember that your wallet is not designed to be a repository for junk. Remove items like lottery tickets and receipts from your wallet before your it becomes cluttered. You do not want to be characterized as a hoarder when you take your wallet out of your pocket when producing an ID or retrieving cash. Make a note to yourself, if you don't need it, chuck it. If you went to a fast food establishment or coffee house, do you really need to keep the receipt? If you have purchased a big ticket item and need the receipt for a possible return, keep the receipt at home and only carry it when you are making the actual return.
Fourth, unless your wallet has a change purse, keep loose coins out of the wallet. Trust us, it will be virtually impossible to have a thin wallet if it is filled with loose coins.