Here are six things you should never keep in your wallet or purse according to experts:

  • A list of your passwords: If you write your passwords down, it might seem safer to keep the list in your wallet than next to your computer at home. But you're a lot more likely to have your purse or wallet stolen than your home broken into.
  • Identifying documents: Like your social security card or passport. Unless you're traveling, the only identifying document you should carry with you is a driver's license or state ID card.
  • Your debit card or a bunch of cash: The idea is that if your debit card gets stolen and the person is somehow able to use it at the ATM, that money could be gone for good. Unlike a credit card, which lets you dispute fraudulent charges.
  • Gift cards: It can be nearly impossible to get the balance back if they're lost or stolen, so only bring them when you're heading to that specific store.
  • Membership and loyalty cards: Just like gift cards, you should only bring them if you know you're going to use them. It's not as risky as identifying documents or bank info, but a thief can easily drain your reward points if they get a hold of your card.
  • Old receipts: If someone who steals your wallet gets a hold of your receipts, they could use them to know where you shop. Plus, fraudulent purchases would be less likely to be denied at a store you frequent. So either keep your receipts organized at home or throw them out.

So... What exactly DO we keep in our wallet? Pocket lint?

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