The Minimalist Wallet Series: Joshua Millburn from The Minimalists

What is in Joshua Millburn’s Wallet

Not much.

Some cash ($39 right now), debit card, credit card, health insurance card, Drivers License, four business cards.

Ryan and I use the same exact same kind of “wallet.”

Actually it’s not a wallet at all, it’s called a Money Clamp. I’ve used it for years and I always carry it in my front pant pocket.

Before I got it I had this monstrosity of a tri-fold wallet folded and bulging in my back pocket.

It was annoying and was filled with superfluous junk like receipts and too many credit cards and stacks of those plastic shoppers cards (N.B. I got rid of all of those shopper cards too; they are unnecessary, if you really need one you can usually give your phone number instead of swiping the card).

Now people always ask me where I got my wallet whenever I’m paying for something. It’s hard for them to comprehend that you don’t really need most of the stuff you carry with you.

A little about Joshua Millburn

I write for the blog The Minimalists with Ryan Nicodemus (wallet shot coming up next week).

Born in 1981, I came into this world at the tail end of Generation X. Personally, I write fiction (and I obviously dabble in non-fiction since you’re reading this), and I will publish my first book, “As a Decade Fades,” a novel of interconnected short stories, in 2011.

Professionally, I lead people: I work for a large telecom company and manage about 60 employees in 10 retail locations (if you really care, you can see my LinkedIn profile which I no longer update). I own about 288 things. I live in Dayton, Ohio.

There are five areas in my life that I am absolutely passionate about and I wouldn’t want to live without:

Health. For me, this includes healthy eating and consistent exercise. Mental health, emotional health, and financial health are also important aspects of this area.

Relationships. I am a leader. It’s important for me to have positive, impactful relationships. Not just close friends and intimate relationships, but impactful relationships with anyone I interact with.

Writing. Writing, especially writing fiction, is my ultimate passion.

Music & Reading. I love music, especially acoustic singer-songwriter stuff. I love reading novels, mostly literary stuff like David Foster Wallace, Adrian McKinty, et al. I’m a fiction writer, and I believe that you must be a good reader if you want to be a good writer. Reading and music are the two ways I entertain myself, but they also give me an introspective way to examine my own life (N.B. I also own a guitar, nothing crazy like those classic Gibson models, and can play a little, but I am not a musician).

Growth & Contribution. These are actually two different areas, but Ryan and I tend to lump them together because we believe the meaning of life is to grow as a person and contribute to others in a meaningful way. The four above mentioned areas all impact my ability to grow and contribute. Said another way,growth & contribution is essentially my personal mission in life. I know that Ryan feels the same way.

Note: Read how Joshua Millburn’s (Millburn with 2 L’s not 1!!) quit his 6-figure job to pursue his passions.


About The Minimalist Wallet Series

I brazenly asked and they’ve delivered!

Bloggers all over are kindly opening up their wallets every Tuesday and showing us what they carry.

Want to be featured? Contact me.


(Hey and if you’re not a blogger but you are a minimalist, I’d love to feature you too!)


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See more Minimalist Wallets in the Series.

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.