The Minimalist Wallet Series: Serena from The Everyday Minimalist

What is in Serena’s Purse:

  1. Wallet (Business & Personal: 2 credit cards, 2 debit cards, ID, coins, cash, stamps)
  2. [Optional] Sometimes I use the shiny ID case to the right instead
  3. Pouch with extra stuff (see image below)
  4. [Optional] Garmin Nuvi 255W GPS — Only if I anticipate being lost
  5. Handkerchief
  6. iPod Touch 64GB — Review coming up on AwesomeNotes too
  7. Keys
  8. USB key with all my important documents
  9. Rose-Scented Lip Balm
  10. Tide to Go Pen — Saves my clothes at work
  11. Pen — You’d be surprised how much paper people use

With just that ID case I carry:

  • Driver’s License for ID
  • Keys
  • 1 Credit Card
  • Cash just in case they don’t take cards
  • iPod Touch
  • Lip Balm
  • Handkerchief

I use it for going to the store, out for a walk, for quick errands and nothing I expect to need an emergency kit for, such as if I am at work.

I used to carry more, but I’ve pared it down over time, weeding out what I never seem to use.

The Total of Everything Serena Normally Carries Around:

What’s in Serena’s Wallet Itself

  • 2 Credit Cards (Business and Personal)
  • 2 Debit Cards (Business and Personal)
  • Driver’s License
  • Health Card
  • Receipts — I remove & log them in my budget daily
  • Starbucks Project Red Card
  • 3 Rewards Cards — Shoppers Drug Mart, Best Buy, PetroCanada
  • 1 Spare Void Cheque — Surprisingly handy
  • Stamps — Also surprisingly handy
  • Small pad of paper and a pen
  • One safety pin — Just in case something rips
  • Picture of BF & I
  • Cash = $100
  • Coins = $8.79

Extra Stuff in that Pouch:

  1. J&J Blister Block — I walk a lot and this has saved a lot of blisters
  2. Bandaids — See above šŸ˜›
  3. Chopsticks & Cutlery — You’d be surprised at my impromptu eats*
  4. J&J Oil Blotting Sheets — I don’t like the dewy look
  5. Sewing Kit — Just used it the other day to fix a rip in the office
  6. Floss — Good teeth = good health
  7. Purse Hook — For when I want to hang my purse up off the floor
  8. Aspirin — For headaches and migraines
  9. Earplugs — I use this to drown out fellow cube mates
  10. Extra Contacts

*Example: When I bought a small tub of ice cream and ate it all in the park while enjoying the weather, scenery and… of course the ice cream šŸ˜‰

A lot of what I carry is just in case but highly useful items that have helped at many points of my life.

The cutlery is not because I’m a weirdo but because I don’t like using disposable cutlery when I can just bring my own.

A little about Serena

You’re already on my blog, therefore, I won’t bore you for too long. šŸ™‚

I lived out of a suitcase in 2007, realized I didn’t need all that stuff, sold every stick of furniture I had and became a minimalist modern nomad who travels from city-to-city for work.

I love to travel (leaving for a month and a half to tour Asia in 2011), I eat like nobody’s business (just ask my friends), IĀ  like to read, play the piano, and take unplanned naps.

My only furniture is now a table, 2 chairs and a Japanese futon.

All my other personal items fit into 3 suitcases and 2 carry-ons with room to spare.

Here is my old apartment (I am living in a hotel now), my “office” in the living room, my fridge, my kitchenware and my pantry.

I am probably not quite like the other minimalists out there because:

  • I don’t only own 100 items or less (nor do I want to)
  • I own a car because I use it to get from city-to-city for work
  • I work as a freelancer in a 9-5 job in an office
  • I like to wear makeup & I find others are very minimal šŸ˜‰
  • I love wearing a variety of colourful clothing (not only neutrals)
  • I’m obsessed with gadgets & I own 3 laptops, 1 netbook, 8 hard drives**
  • I don’t want to live out of a backpack
  • I want to live a “normal” office worker life with only what I want/need

**Yes, I use all of them. I have a business, a personal life and separate accounting ledgers to keep. I also back up everything twice, important data thrice.

Read more about me here, understand the thought process behind why I am a minimalist, check out some of my best posts.

You can also mosey on over to my second blog if you want — Fabulously Broke in the City.

It’s where I originally started blogging about getting out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months while earning $65,000 gross a year.

On that blog I now blog about life, money, and anything else I feel like writing about as a moneythropologist (a word I made up about people who talk about money and all the aspects of how we think, use and talk about it).


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.

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