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4 Easy Ways to Organize Your Wallet April 15 2016
Here’s a familiar scenario: You finally bite the bullet and treat yourself to new handmade leather wallet you’ve been keeping tabs on. For a solid week or two, you keep your new leather wallet pristine andonly to slowly start to pack it with extraneous minutiae: Extra cards, loose change, paper scraps, ticket stubs, receipts, and other junk.
Not only can this completely stretch out the supple leather and suede, but it also can—as crazy as it sounds—create high levels unnecessary stress for you on a daily basis.
Overstuffed bags and wallets hinder you from finding what you need quickly, such as Metrocards (which can cause missed-trains), key cards to get into your office (resulting in being late), or that $5 bill to buy that coffee (which holds up lines, inherently creating stress.)
The good news: Organizing your wallet is way easier than you think. Read on for a 4-step guide to cutting unnecessary clutter right now.
1. Always utilize the bill holder.
Folding cash sticking it in card slots, or any other pocket creates a mess—there’s a reason why the bill pocket exists. Always make sure your bills are neatly inserted for easy access and exchange.
2. Do a card check.
Take out every card you’re carrying and lay them out on a table, and start to decide if you really need to be carrying every single card every single day. A good breakdown of what’s needed:
Imperative to have daily: Your driver’s license or some form of valid identification (use the plastic ID section if your wallet has one), your health insurance card, your debit/ATM card, the one credit card you use the most, and any card needed to get into your place of work. Organize the cards in pockets according to those you grab most often.
Not needed daily: Secondary or “emergency” credit cards, rewards/discount cards/gift cards (only carry these when you know you’re heading to the retailer), membership cards, library cards, business card you’ve been given, dental and vision insurance cards. Keep these things all together in a pouch at home, so you always know where they are.
3. Go through paper scraps
The biggest offender when it comes to messy, unorganized wallets are paper scraps, namely receipts. Of course, it’s inevitable that we’re going to stick receipts on our wallets, but it’s key that you go through and get rid of ones you don’t need weekly.
A good rule of thumb: Throw away receipts for inexpensive items that are already gone at the time of your wallet purge, such as lunch from yesterday, coffee, a pack of gum, or other everyday things. To avoid clutter from these types of scraps completely, it’s perfectly acceptable to tell the cashier that you don’t need a receipt for these items to begin with.
If you’re fastidious about budgeting, hang onto receipts for larger items such as big restaurant meals or bar tabs, fashion purchases, warranties, and household-related things, but keep them in a separate envelope that can easily be referenced. If you need to return an item, only then should you place the receipt into your leather wallet.
As for other paper scraps—jotted-down addresses, coupons, reminders, phone numbers, etc—throw away anything you won’t need again, as they’ll take up just as much pointless space in a drawer at home as they will in your wallet.
4. Think digitally.
In our digital world, it’s a given that apps exist strictly with the goal of keeping your leather wallet spic and span. Here are a few to try:
CardStar: A popular free app that allows you to cut wallet and keychain clutter by consolidating all your loyalty and rewards cards.
Google Wallet: Google’s aptly-named app allows you to send money to anyone in the US with an email address, as well as store your credit and debit cards, loyalty programs, offers, and more.
Now that you have a better idea on how to organize your leather wallet to keep it looking good and working well, don't hesitate to spend that extra money on a premium handmade leather wallet. At Avallone, we have a full selection of men's leather wallets that all come with Free Shipping and a Lifetime Warranty!
Avallone Leather Review by The Urban Gentry! March 04 2016
We just received a stellar review on our leather goods from TGV founder of The Urban Gentry (http://www.theurbangentry.nyc/home.html). For those of you who do not know, The Urban Gentry is a lifestyle, horology, and a culture Youtube channel inspired by the loves and passions of its host TGV. Known affectionately by his closest fans as "The Governor", TGV was born in London, the son of a British aristocrat and an Italian doctor. He was raised in both countries and has traveled extensively to many exciting international cities. While studying in Florence, Italy, he fell in love with a New Yorker, and subsequently moved to New York City where he currently resides and works in music, film production and audio engineering.
TGV was so impressed with you our quality and style, that he wanted to share our products with his viewers!
Check it out below (FYI - Our segment starts at the 3 min. mark):
What is an RFID Wallet? February 24 2016
Before we get into what an RFID wallet is, it’s important you understand how RFID technology works. RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. This technology lets you simply wave your credit card, debit card, ID card, passport, or license in front of a nearby scanner instead of having to slide the magnetic strip through it. This scanner sends a signal that an antenna in the card receives and uses to activate the RFID chip. This all sounds great, but the problem is that criminals with minimal technical skills can construct their own RFID readers with a few simple supplies. These devices can steal your private information quickly and silently. All the criminal needs to do is come near your wallet with the card reader because RFID enabled credit cards don’t have an off switch.
If your card has PayWave, Blink, or PayPass, indicated by a radio wave signal or logo on the front or back of the card, then it has an RFID chip inside of it. Just beware that some cards can still have an RFID chip even if there is no logo on it.
An RFID wallet is equipped with a special lining that prevents your credit cards from receiving signals from any RFID scanner (particularly from criminals). By using an RFID wallet you can safely guard your information and credit cards from identity thieves who use RFID scanners to pick up your personal information. To find out if a wallet has RFID protection in it, you can ask the retailor or look in the description of the item. You can also look inside of the wallet at the lining. RFID lining usually has a shinier appearance to it and most commonly comes in shades of silver, gold, and red sheens.
Currently Avallone has RFID protection in the new Canvas & Leather Collection of men’s handmade wallets (we have also added it to our antique leather wallets). All of the pockets have a special silver lining (that is not visible from the exterior of the wallet) to protect all of your credit cards and ID cards from any stray RFID scanners.
Mens Canvas & Leather Front Pocket Wallet w/ID Window & RFID Protection
5 Reasons You Need a New Leather Wallet November 17 2015
Maybe you don’t currently own a handmade leather wallet, or maybe you still use your duct tape wallet from high school. Whatever the case may be, we are willing to bet you have not bought a new leather wallet in a long time, perhaps too long.
The following are five reasons to act now and buy a new men’s handmade leather wallet to avoid further embarrassment among colleagues and friends:
3. It takes you 10 minutes to find your credit card because you don’t even carry a wallet.
4. Your gf/wife insists on paying when you’re out, but you don’t know why.
5. You're still using your old tattered leather wallet after it's beens caught in the wash for the 3rd time.
Number 4 may not appear to be too bad at first glance. However, we’re willing to bet that won’t last very long, and could even progress to a breakup or a troubled marriage. For those of you who are single, that could be your solution to getting past the first date.
If you currently don’t own a new handmade leather wallet, and you’re not ready to buy a new leather wallet after reading the above list, you most likely have much more serious issues to deal with, and we recommend seeing a doctor as your number 1 priority right now.
For those of you who are ready to buy a new men’s leather wallet, don’t hesitate to check out Avallone’s full selection of men’s handmade leather wallets on our website.
Is Your Wallet Sending the Wrong Message? October 27 2015
Have you ever felt embarrassed to take out your wallet when it came time to pay on a date or business lunch/dinner? If so, it could be because your wallet is 1 of these 4 things:
- Old, tattered and worn out.
- Overstuffed with outdated cards, receipts, and any other piece of paper you’ve managed to save.
- Unprofessional looking & disorganized.
- Lacking available funds whether in cash or bank balances.
Many people often overlook the fact that the way you treat your wallet, along with the money in your wallet, sends a direct message about what you’re saying about yourself. You may be a financial wiz, but if you don’t own a quality handmade leather wallet, or if you do own a professional leather wallet, but cannot keep it organized, you’re sending a bad message to others around you. We’ll also teach you how to save a few extra dollars, just from keeping your wallet more organized.
Here are 6 ways to get your wallet into shape:
Invest in a quality genuine leather wallet.
You can also get away with canvas, but make sure the canvas has some leather detailing on it. A handmade, genuine leather wallet shows professionalism, style, and class all in one package. You will never be embarrassed to take out your leather wallet again in public, if only for the fact that it looks so good. There are many different types out there, but we recommend our very own Executive Leather Bi-Fold in Black. On a side note, don’t obsess over buying “slim wallets”. If you don’t follow the next steps, even a slim wallet will become too fat to comfortably carry.
Now that you own a quality, genuine, handmade leather wallet, you will need to clean it out once a month, if not once a week. When cleaning out your wallet, review your receipts and then store them in an expense file until you have had time to return items, or check warranties if needed. We recommend purging that file every 3 months.
Carry Only the ID You Need
In order to increase space and reduce thickness in your handmade leather wallet, limit the identification cards you carry to your driver's license (or photo ID), health insurance and other medical cards, and car insurance card. Don’t forget to check if your car insurance cards will expire soon. If so, it’s an excellent reminder to shop around for better rates. Also, keep your Social Security card at home and memorize the number to avoid putting yourself at greater risk for identity theft if the leather wallet is lost or stolen.
Keep Cards to a Minimum
Our next piece of advice is to keep only a debit card and a maximum of two credit cards in your handmade leather wallet. Put the one top that has the best rewards points or interest rate. We also recommend getting rid of store credit cards. The annual percentage rate on retail cards is over 23 percent on average, compared to 10 percent for the average low rate card and 15 percent for the average cash-back or rewards card, according to a CreditCards.com analysis. If you carry a balance month-to-month, even a great introductory offer on a store card will likely not make up for the amount of extra interest you'll incur over time.
In this day and age of cashless purchases, there are some items or stores that still require cash. If you don't have it in your leather wallet, and go to an ATM that's outside of your network, you could pay as much as $2.50 or $3 for each transaction. Always keep some cash in a variety of bills in your wallet. To help keep your spending in check, give yourself a weekly allowance for cash or debit card purchases and stick to it.
Back It Up
Now that you've streamlined your genuine leather wallet, it's important to back it all up. Make copies of your credit and debit card information, driver's license and health insurance cards and keep them separate from your wallet. You can make paper copies to keep in a file for your personal finances. Or cut down on paper and take photos of your IDs and receipts that you want to keep and email them to an email address that you set up specifically for your finances. Create folders in your email to keep your information and expenses organized. When you have a good tracking system in place for what goes into and out of your wallet, you will save both money and time.
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5 Easy Ways to Stop a Pickpocket While Traveling August 05 2015
It’s finally vacation time! August is the peak vacation month in both the USA and Europe, and many people will be visiting foreign cities. As a traveler, the last thing you want to experience is being pickpocketed. Luckily there are a few ways to safeguard yourself against such a situation.
The following is a list of 5 easy ways to stop a pickpocket:
- Wear a money belt! This should be a mandatory item on everyone’s packing list. Most money belts are very slim, have zipper closures, and can fit your passport, credit cards, and cash without any visible evidence that you are wearing one. A good example is this slim money belt by LL Bean. For a money belt to be effective, you must wear it under your clothing; preferably around your stomach region underneath your shirt. I recommend using a money belt to carry extra cash, a spare credit card, and your passport, as you should not access it in public. It’s best to go into a stall in a restroom to take out the extra items when needed.
- Bring a Small Front Pocket Wallet. When I am not travelling, I usually carry cards and cash in my bi-fold wallet, and keep it in my back pocket. This is a huge no-no when traveling in foreign cities. Your back pocket is one of the easiest places for a pickpocket to steal your wallet. Instead, bring a small supplemental wallet that you can transfer some credit cards and cash into when you arrive at your hotel room (The Avallone Slim Card Carrier, Money Clip, or Front Pocket Wallet work perfectly in this scenario). Keep your regular wallet in the hotel room safe, and put your small front pocket wallet in your front pocket for easy access while shopping. If you get into a crowded area or an uncomfortable situation put your hand in your pocket and hold your wallet in a casual, non-obvious way.
- Don’t take anything valuable with you that you can’t keep in your money belt or your front pocket with your wallet. Most native residents can spot a foreign traveler very easily, especially if they are targeting someone for a robbery. A foreign traveler wearing a shoulder bag, or backpack while touring a city for the day becomes a target. While I was in Naples, Italy (a city with a very high pickpocket rate), I wore my money belt, and carried a front pocket wallet with my digital camera, in my front right pocket. If I felt like I was in a situation where I could be pickpocketed, I just put my right hand in my pocket and held my valuables (just like Daniel Craig below).
- When in non-crowded situations, don’t let strangers get too close to you. When pickpockets operate, they try to get very close in order to gain access to your pockets. They do this by edging closer and closer to you, so that they are less than an arm’s length in distance from your body. If you notice someone invading your personal space like this, whether in a line or on the street, move away immediately. Don’t try to ignore it and chalk it up to local culture, as they are most likely trying to rob you. If you are also following the previous advice regarding the money belt and front pocket hand trick, they will not be able to pickpocket you, should you not notice they are getting too close to you.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Keep your eyes and ears open for anything suspicious or unusual, and trust your gut instinct if something doesn’t feel right. This applies not just to pickpockets, but to your general safety and wellbeing while travelling. Also keep in mind that most criminals will stalk the person they intend to harm first. If you notice someone following you, get help immediately from the nearest public venue such as a restaurant, store, or if you’re lucky, a police man or police station. Do not, under any circumstances, continue walking into an uncrowded area or back alley.
As long as you follow these guidelines while traveling, you can feel confident that you will not be a target of the common pickpocket or thief. Enjoy your vacation and stay safe!
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- Written By Avallone Founder & CEO Christopher Avallon