Tuesday, November 20, 2007

So you lost your wallet (or purse)...

Now what? Your keys, credit cards, points cards, coupons, stamp cards, chewing gum, recent receipts and perhaps a few photographs are now pretty much gone... To boot, you've now got to deal with the headache of finding those darn phone numbers to let each of your financial institutions know about your predicament.

For those of you that know me, you understand the fact that I've got the memory of a goldfish at times, and delight in the 11th "discovery" of a castle in my fishbowl as I try to re-arrange my filing and room those 3 times a year when I feel super inspired.

One of the steps that I do in between my rousing games of "find my keys and wallet or I don't get to leave the house" is that I scan/photocopy everything in my wallet. Naturally this should happen AFTER emptying it out a little to compete a little bit less with George Costanza Oh, and don't forget to do BOTH sides of the cards.

Jerry: Your back hurts because of your wallet. It's huge.
George Costanza: This isn't just my wallet. It's an organizer, a memory and an old friend.
Jerry: Well, your friend is morbidly obese.
George Costanza: Well, at least I don't carry a purse.
Jerry: It's not a purse, it's European.

No, I'm not going to post a picture of the inside of my wallet here (I'm not that much of a goldfish) but it's a great start to finding all of those much needed phone numbers on the backs of all of your credit and debit cards. (did I mention to scan/copy the backs too?) Plus that usually hides the location of those accursed security numbers that they keep asking for to prevent people from stealing your credit card and using it without finding their secret backside hiding place.

Now I might also mention that it's a good idea to write "Please ask for Photo ID" on the back of your cards as well, so that the person who "found" your money carrying device can't accidentally purchase something by mistake :).

On that note, you might as well order something in for delivery at this point because it'll be fun calling all of your auto-billing memberships, bills, subscriptions, etc to stop payments on things, and then again once you get your new credit card numbers. Better hope you're carrying some cash!

Lastly - if your wallet didn't have anything in it to begin with, perhaps it might be prudent to call up some of those folks over at iPoint to find out what they're up to these days.


Doug Anderson said...

Man purse, or murse? Either way, it's too European for Vancouver.

Earl Flormata said...

Ah - I just got this huge wallet thingy from my wife as a random present while we were up in Whistler at that leadership conference. It may as well be a purse how huge it is... although it sure does have tons of room for cards, and even better yet, my portable receipt collection.