Man Up: Streamline Your Pockets

Do you find yourself sitting lopsided because your wallet has grown fat with rewards cards, receipts, and—heaven forbid—hard candy? Whether you’re going for a run or attending a black tie gala, odds are you don’t need half of what you’re carrying around with you. Here are some strategies to lighten your pockets.

Merge your wallet and your phone

Try out Google Wallet, which stores your credit cards virtually. Tap your phone on the card reader at point of purchase. Unlike a physical wallet, you can actually lock this one with a personal pin.

Wear a wristwatch that picks up the tab

The VanDam Go sports watch from rumbaTIME packs all your wallet essentials (credit cards, identification, health information, emergency contacts) into a colorful silicone wrist band. All you have to do is register your watch online and load it up with cash. After that, just wave the watch at the point of sale to make purchases.

Swap your beefy wallet for smaller card holder

If you’re not ready to go totally cashless, start by paring down your existing wallet. The further you can get from the infamous George Costanza pocket briefcase, the better. Start by taking everything out of your back pocket briefcase. Then transfer only what you need—identification, credit cards, insurance, cash—over to a slim card case like this one from Roosevelt Supply. Or, for the ultra minimalist, just wrap up your cards and cash with a sturdy rubber band.

Get fingerprinted

Ditching your house keys and replacing your front door lock with something much cooler is actually a lot easier and more affordable than you might think. It just depends on how far you’re willing to go. With a fingerprint recognition system like this, your thumb is your key to your castle. Don’t mind if your neighbors to think you’re a spy? Try an iris scanner. Don’t mind if they think you’re a crazy person? Switch to voice recognition. They’re the crazy ones if they’re still carrying bulky house keys around in their pockets.

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