Welcome to another rousing game of Wallet Crashing! Where we snag as-close-as-celebrities as my nerdy clout allows, and then showcase the contents of their sexy little wallets 😉 And this time we actually *have* a wallet to show too! Woohoo! No more money clips or tote bags for a hot minute.
And today we hear (see?) from none other than the extreme retirement/blogger extraordinaire himself, Mr. Money (freakin’) Mustache – woot, woot. This guy’s a beast in the “living life on your own terms” department, and has been featured everywhere from NPR, to The Washington Post, CNN, Yahoo!, Huffington Post, The Economist and more… Never one to turn down the opportunity to share his secrets of retiring early so OTHERS can do so too. Love it.
For all those interested in these “secrets,” start your journey with MMM here:
It’s a mighty fine read – as are most of his articles. Who’s better to learn from than someone who actually puts his money where his mouth is? Mr. Money Mustache has been “retired” at the ripe age of 30, and he wants you to wake up and join him too. SO WAKE UP PEOPLES!
And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for…
The Secrets of Mr. Money Mustache’s Wallet:
All right, here’s Mr. Money Mustache’s wallet and what is inside it.
The wallet is one of those nylon/velcro foldy deals. Decidedly non-prestigious, but really useful because it holds lots of stuff, has a zipper area for coins and other valuables, and folds flat.
My Golden Library Card is the most valuable one, of course, but then you’ve also got
- Costco membership card – this saves a load on groceries
- Safeway card, because Safeway shafts you on prices if you shop there without one.
- Travelocity Amex, because it gives me 2% back on purchases and 10% on travel – (although rewards are redeemable only in more travel).
- An Amazon.com Visa, for those few places that only take Visa (1% back, 3% at Amazon)
- Chase Ink card for my business expenses (it had a $400 signing bonus and 1% back)
- Capital one 360 ATM/debit card
- King Sooper’s grocery store gift card (cycling all groceries through this gives 5% back to my neighborhood school)
- Driver’s license (that clean shaven boy in the picture is me waaay back in 1999)
- Some receipts from home improvement stores since I’m currently rebuilding a house.
- 22 bucks of US currency
- 10 bucks Canadian
The contents of your wallet can tell a lot about who you are as a person. And what this stuff tells us about Mr. Mustache is that he’s one financial bad ass. He maxes his cards out for optimum success, takes advantage of his memberships and groceries, frequents the good ol’ (FREE) library to save on $hit, and rocks a bike instead of a car everywhere he goes (okay, I didn’t get that from his wallet, but it’s still sexy. I mean true.).
AHe also apparently loves the 80’s too with that nifty velcro contraption, haha.. But I ain’t hatin’!
So thank you kindly for playing, Mr. Mustache. You are both a gentleman, and a scholar, and it’s always fun to peer into the lives of those we admire and respect. Keep on keeping it real, brotha.
To see all the wallet crashings we’ve done, click here.