What pisses me off: A wallet full of cards 14

What pisses me off

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Before we start, I know this is a ‘first world problem’. People in different parts of the world, would love to have this problem, but even the poorest in our society have to carry cards.

They are very convenient. I’ve taken to ‘tap and pay’ in a big way. My old wallet wore out, and finding a wallet that would fit all my cards was difficult, in fact, impossible. I’ve ended up with a wallet of rarely used cards, such as store cards and my union membership card, and loyalty cards.

This leaves me with essential government cards — pension, Medicare and Opal and driver’s licence.

Allied to the Medicare card is my health fund’s card, and allied to the pension card is the Senior’s card.

Is it possible to bank today without cards? I’m not admitting to the number of banking cards I have. I could have less but it’s convenient to have the number of accounts I have. Some I rarely use so they are in the other wallet. I read a hint somewhere that you should keep your credit cards in a block of ice in the freezer. No impulse buys then.

There are cards to accumulate points at stores and be rewarded. Every so often I get $10 off at Woolies or a gift card from Myer. I don’t purposely shop at these stores to accumulate points, but Woolworths is the only large supermarket in town, and Myer the only large department store in 40km.

There are cards to score a free coffee. I have two of these, one for the coffee shop I go to locally with friends and the other for a coffee shop in the regional shopping centre. I’ve given up on the free loaf of bread.

My chemist and another coffee shop in town run a points reward system, but they keep the records, fortunately.

There are library cards, a card for the Leagues Club, which I just about never go to but everyone in town belongs to, so it seems.

My disability parking sticker is way too large to fit into a wallet. It’s just as well I carry a large handbag.

The leisure centre pass lives in a bag with the swimsuit and towel.

It’s just not possible to move around my community, look after my health, have a social life and conduct everyday business without this pile of plastic. Though, I must admit the new wallet is a very pretty pink.

Do you have a wallet full of cards you rarely use? What pisses you off?

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  1. I decluttered years ago -junk like alleged loyalty/reward cards et al are a distant memory. Life is so much more relaxing in the slow lane/s (You too can achieve this GC.)

  2. I too had a similar problem with too many cards, especially loyalty cards. I got smart and downloaded an app on my smart phone called “stocard” which keeps a record of all my cards and their respective barcodes and also a picture of them as well. I have used this for my loyalty cards, health care cards and even have a my drivers licence recorded there as well. I hope sharing this will help you as it did me!

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    • Annette is a good idea only thing is you need data on your mobile phone to use them

    • yep I agree with Annette. I did the same. most places I shop have wifi and now Melbourne will have free wifi throughout the inner city area. but then Also looked at the “rewards” and found e.g. one coffee shop charges 10 cent more per coffee to cover the free one so cut that one up.

  3. I didn’t realise how many cards I had until my wallet was stolen, and I had to replace them. I too use Stocard, but still had a heap that I carry around, including Aust Post concession card (hadn’t thought about putting that one on Stocard – will do it now).

  4. Yes using Stocard from your app store on your smartphone will more than halve the number of cards in your wallet! Always used to have that problem but not any more! also using wallet on an iPhone or android equivalent is very handy as well for your boarding passes etc.

  5. 2what pisses me off is the fact that I travel a fair bit and in every state, I need a different card for using the transport each of which has to be topped up with cash which means you have an unused cash balance after every trip .why can’t our seniors card double for the transport in ALL states as it does in Queensland . after all an ETag for a car can be used Australia wide and that is across about 16 different motorway companies .that leave tolls .
    and on that note on a recent trip to Sydney, I spent $57 on fuel and $168 on tolls .

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    • From your lips to God’s ears Ian – what is so hard about having 1 transport card?

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      • You’re right, Ian. From memory, it’s Opal card for NSW, Myki for VIC, Metrocard for SA, GoCard for QLD, MyWay for the ACT, Tap and Ride for the NT, Smart Rider for WA and Greencard for TAS.

  6. My ‘essential’ plastic cards live in my Wallet.
    My ‘non-essential’, so to speak, live in a pretty green zip-top coin purse.

    That way, my wallet doesn’t need to go ‘to the gym’ from its’ bulges’!

  7. I sometimes wonder, in this age of micro memories, etc, why it is beyond the skill of the appropriate people, to issue us all with ONE card, on which the details of all our accounts are stored, codified in such a way that each is entirely independent of the rest. It would be a card which we could add to or delete from as necessary, in conjunction with whichever supplier we were dealing. Or am I just being my usual stupid self?

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    • Brian you are brilliant and not being stupid at all, we have had the same problem and have come with Shop Local Club Card, where local independent shops like your favorite coffee shop and the other shops around you can offer rewards to you using a single card. Your ONE card solution is just that and we have also extended its use with a mobile app. Its available in US, UK, Canada and Australia (for all you travelling folk), get your local shops to signup and say goodbye to the full wallet 🙂 Find out more at http://www.shoplocalclubcard.com

  8. Brian you are brilliant and not being stupid at all, we have had the same problem and have come with Shop Local Club Card, where local independent shops like your favorite coffee shop and the other shops around you can offer rewards to you using a single card. Your ONE card solution is just that and we have also extended its use with a mobile app. Its available in US, UK, Canada and Australia (for all you travelling folk), get your local shops to signup and say goodbye to the full wallet 🙂 Find out more at http://www.shoplocalclubcard.com

  9. WPMO?
    Am off actual subject, but this REALLY annoys me!

    The wasted Police, & other Emergency Services manpower, & time diversion from other, more serious situations’, for these idiots’ locking themselves in a house!

    What happened to the use of ‘tear gas’, & ‘smoke ’em out’ quick smart?
    All this PC ‘nambie-pambie, softly, softly’ approach, is just crap!

    They’re criminals’; treat them as such!

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