Trimming the Costanza wallet

I must admit that I’ve been carrying a Costanza wallet for the last few years. Well, maybe not as bad as that, but really it’s a bit thick. I’ve been experiencing some pain in my left hip lately, and I think the overstuffed wallet may be a contributing factor. In addition to switching from my left pocket to my right, I also decided that it was time to trim down the wallet a bit.

I’ve been meaning to get rid of all my loyalty cards and replace them with an app on my phone, but never quite got around to it. So I went ahead and did that today. I looked at a few apps, including Key Ring and Card Star, which seem to be the two most popular. I also realized that Red Laser, which I already had on my phone, can be used to store loyalty cards. So I started with Red Laser, and that seemed to work fine, but I decided to mess around a bit more, and tried Stocard. It has a nice and simple interface, and had no trouble scanning any of my cards. So I think I’m going to stick with it for now. I used it for the first time today at the supermarket, and the cashier had no trouble scanning the code off the phone screen, so that’s good. I’ve got about a dozen cards in the app, so that’s a dozen cards that aren’t in my wallet anymore.

I wish I could get rid of some more cards though. My CostCo card, for instance, has a mag stripe on it, and I have to show it at the door when I go in, so I guess I can’t get rid of it. I looked at the CostCo iPhone app, thinking maybe it could be used in place of the card, but apparently not. Oh well. And I can’t really do anything about the “buy 12 coffees, get one free” card from the bakery down the street. Or my credit cards, though I’m hoping Apple Pay will take care of that problem in a few years.

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