Minimizing your daily carry is our m.o. here at Distil Union. In addition to slimmer wallets by design, we're always cheering for reducing bulk by carrying only the essentials with you. This means simply carrying a debit card, maybe a credit card, a drivers license, and one other card that you absolutely need. Anything else can be kept in a separate location at home, or even– digitized in your mobile phone.
We've collected our favorites for effectively helping you trim down your everyday carry (and all of these are free or have free versions).
1. Apple Pay lets you scan and save digital versions of your cards so you can make purchases directly from your phone. It's becoming increasingly accepted in brick-and-mortar stores and even online. And if you can't live without the satisfaction of physically swiping a card, there are lots of options for rolling all of your cards (debit, credit, and even gift cards) into one piece of plastic! The future is now.
Important side-note: Apple Pay is part of Apple Wallet as a place to digitally store things like boarding passes and reward cards for even more wallet-slimming potential.
2. Venmo If you're still carrying paper money, cut that stack in half and make your friends happy at the same time, with super easy payments that don't cost a penny! Check with your bank, which may have an app that also allows sending money digitally.
3. Starbucks App easily replaces that gift card that's always in your wallet – and adds some great features: Skip the line and order and pay before you even walk in the door. Plenty of other stores, like CVS, now have their own apps to organize your loyalty points, but if they don't see Tip #4...
4. Key Ring gets rid of those pesky plastic barcode tags you're carrying around. Not only can you scan these barcodes in the store straight from the app, it keeps track of coupons and promotions so you never miss out on the chance to save. Whoa. And there's always the non-digital way: Tell the cashier your phone number. Talk about simple!
5. Gyft stores digital versions of your gift cards. Not only is this one less card for your wallet to carry, you're less likely to lose track of them and miss out on redeeming that gift.
6. Evernote has untold powers of organization. Digitize paper receipts (instead of cramming them into your wallet), scan documents, and easily share across all your devices. As Evernote says, "business card piles are the worst" – get the Premium version to link your snapshot with the person's LinkedIn profile, so networking becomes a little easier on you and your wallet.
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