Organizing Your Wallet
Not to think worse case scenario, but oftentimes a little helpful planning can make a bad situation at least palatable. My daughter recently left her wallet in the seat pocket of an airplane. She didn’t realize it until a few days later, and I’m happy to report after a call to Jet Blue, we were told it had been turned into Lost and Found. This particular story has a happy ending but not all do. Over 1,000 wallets are stolen every two minutes. Do you have copies of important information that lives inside your wallet? Think of what we carry in our wallets – drivers license, checks, credit cards, health insurance cards, library cards, frequent shopper cards, gift cards – at times, it seems like your whole life! So, be smart. Only carry what you need. A wallet is not meant to be a home for your social security card or passport. Even consider carrying just one or two checks, not your entire check book. Secondly, be prepared and back-up. Set aside 15 minutes some Sunday afternoon and while you are organizing your pocketbook, take copies of the front and back of every card you have. In the unfortunate event that you lose your wallet or it is stolen, it will be much easier to call each company to report a lost card. You’ll have all the information at your fingertips. You can also consider scanning some card information as long as you have the correct security and password protections in place. It’s such a simple step to take and will help alleviate some of the stress if this is ever to happen to you.