Emptying my fat wallet | Overstuffed Overstuffed

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Emptying my fat wallet

Just not in the way you think.

The other day I took Bria to her group violin class and I was bored out of my mind waiting for her. The groupl lessons are on the University campus, and normally I try to schedule my own lessons at the same time, but I haven't received my load yet, so I have no lessons to teach.

Anyway, back to my boredom. I wish I had thought enough ahead to actually bring a book to read, but I was stuck with my cell phone and the contents of my purse. After I thought of a few phone calls I needed to make and finished those I resorted to cleaning out my purse and wallet.

My wallet has had a difficult time closing lately. Turns out that it was because it was full of receipts. Of course, after the Christmas shopping season it's bound to happen, but some of the receipts I found were over 2 years old and I've only actually had that wallet since last Christmas (2007)! Sad commentary on my wallet cleaning out abilities, since evidently I just transferred the entire contents of my old wallet to the new wallet without even bothering to see what it all was.

But it doesn't matter anymore. My wallet is all skinny and organized now. I got rid of receipts, old dentist/doctor appt. cards, business cards I will never need and expired coupons.

Most disappointing find: A summer pass to Jiffy Lube which meant $7.00 off every oil change from May-December 31, 2008. I never knew I had it and have paid full price every time.

Most exciting find: An entire book of Forever stamps. Doesn't quite make up for the Jiffy Lube oops, but it's exciting nonetheless.

22 comments :

  1. This reminds me of George Costanza's (Seinfeld) fat wallet, and how it was hurting him every time he sat down.

    Bummer about Jiffy Lube, but yay for stamps!

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  2. there you go again, organizing and it just makes me smile :) LOL

    cool on the stamps :)

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  3. I'm so glad Erin mentioned Seinfeld. There's a Seinfeld episode for just about every moment of life.

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  4. I thought of Seinfeld too!! How funny--I guess it goes to show that great minds think alike!!

    Sweet find on the stamps though!

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  5. Hope you have a blessed and beautiful weekend! ♥ Hugs :) Shauna

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  6. Ditto Annette.

    And that's some awesome "weight-loss."

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  7. I like to keep all sorts of crap in there, and then hold people up in line at the grocery store, while looking for something. Just trying to do my job.

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  8. I always think of my wallet as the George Costanza wallet . My purse is a never ending pit! Love when I have some good finds!

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  9. I love the feeling of a newly cleaned-out wallet. Wish it was that easy to lose weight! (Up 7 pounds since Halloween! Uugghhh....!!)

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  10. Wish it was that easy to loose weight too! Especially after the holidays!

    Your wallet reminds me about the top of Chris's dresser. I let it go for a month or so and then threaten him. He cleans it off and then it builds up again and I let it go for another couple of months and the cycle starts all over again.

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  11. You're supposed to put your reciepts in your wallet? Gee, I guess that explains why my purse is always filled to overflowing with paper. Meanwhile, my wallet has stayed fit and trim. It's a toss up.

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  12. I just did the same thing with my wallet recently.

    and I hate it when I have good, expired coupons!

    unused stamps are good, too, though.

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  13. I just cleaned and downsized the size of my purse...it is a hard to get used to !

    I got one of those "As seen on TV" backpack purses and I love it so far...

    My big find was a $20.00 bill I forgot about in my wallet side zipper pocket and a ton of coins !

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  14. This is why I love your blog; my problem is I recently, ok since 2007, fell in love with the Relic line of purses and matching wallets from Kohl's. I've tried to be a master of "sort and change" between purse/wallets, but I kind of "forgot how" so the receipts piled up and there was even an incident that I couldn't close the coin pocket because there were so much pennies in there, one wouldn't flatten out! He, he... I found my forever stamps, too!

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  15. Imagine the plight of men...they ONLY have a wallet as a collecting spot. At least we can spread garbage out into our purses!

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  16. I just get a smaller wallet..helps with the downsizing of the receipts. The forever stamps are a cool find though!

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  17. I had to giggle at this post... I use to keep all the receipts and stuff in my purse and wallet... just let them pile and pile.. til one day my purse dropped in Home Depot and my receipts went flying everywhere.. I looked like a million birds were freed from my purse... LOL LOL.. I was so embarrassed .. but.. Oh well... live and learn!!

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  18. At least your wallet now matches you.
    Fancy pants.
    This morning I decided you should just get pregnant. Just get it over with. If you did it now, or soon -- at least the awful part would be during the summer.
    And yes, I did wake-up at 5 am so I could analyze your life.
    You're welcome.

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  19. I love discovering time to do something that I would otherwise put off. Case in point...cleaning out your wallet. Something that we all put off indefinitely, but once it is accomplished, it brings such satisfaction.

    A skinny wallet can make for one very happy Mom!

    -Francesca

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  21. Just a question about the group lessons for violin. Right now our girl only has one private lesson a week from her teacher, would it be beneficial to have group lessons as well? What does that do for the learning of the instrument? Does it make sense this early in her violin education (she has been taking lessons since the first of Sept.) or would it make more sense to wait a bit longer. She is being taught the Suzuki method and is on book one.

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