Your wallet contains the contents of your life: your health insurance cards, credit and debit cards, spending cash, identification, and other important items. In addition to the essentials, many people carry sentimental or personal items that remind them of loved ones or special events. Perhaps that's why the contents of a wallet can reveal a lot about a person: Maybe they're minimal and highly organized, maybe they like to be prepared for every kind of emergency, or maybe they're so carefree they don't carry anything at all.
GOBankingRates asked some of the biggest names in personal finance — including the hosts of our favorite money podcasts — "What’s always in your wallet (aside from your ID), and why can’t you leave home without it?" Here's how they answered.
1. Ric Edelman
"A photo of my wife Jean, taken when we were in college together 36 years ago. She looks today exactly as she did then! (Unlike me!)"
Edelman is host of "The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman."
2. Pat Flynn
"My AAA card. You never know when you might need roadside assistance — or when you come across a company that provides discounts to AAA members!"
Flynn is an online businessman and host of the "Smart Passive Income Podcast."
3. Brandon Turner
"Besides a few cards (including a debit card chewed up yesterday by my puppy), I always seem to have a mess of receipts. I keep every receipt I ever get, no matter how mundane. As a real estate investor, it's amazing the number of things I can write off at tax time!"
Turner is a real estate investor and cohost of the "BiggerPockets Podcast."
4. Andrew Horowitz
"My wallet is my iPhone — it has all that I need to get though the day."
Horowitz is a CFP, author and the host of "The Disciplined Investor."
5. John Lee Dumas
"My SeaWorld season pass. As an entrepreneur, it's important to unwind and connect with nature, and SeaWorld is a great place for that."
Dumas is the founder and host of "Entrepreneur on Fire."
6. Matt Theriault
"I never leave home without my AmEx, because I need to pay for stuff."
Theriault is a real estate investor and host of "Epic Real Estate Investing."
7. Laura Adams
"Since time is money, I always carry my CLEAR card, which helps you skip long security lines in many airports. It probably shaves off 15 to 45 minutes on each leg of my trips. That makes traveling for business, conferences and speaking engagements much more enjoyable!"
Adams is a personal finance expert and host of "Money Girl."
8. Chris Hill
"It’s not quite at George Costanza levels, but given the thickness I probably have too many unnecessary items in there. That said, when I open my wallet the photo of my kids is a nice reminder that I shouldn't sweat the small stuff in life."
Hill is an analyst and host of "Motley Fool Money."
9. Robert Kiyosaki
"A $100 trillion Zimbabwe note ... to remind me not to save money!"
Kiyosaki is an author and host of the "Rich Dad Radio Show."
10. Farnoosh Torabi
"My and my son's health insurance card. In case of an emergency, we don't have to worry about the financial toll of getting immediate medical attention. Sure, we can get reimbursed later ... but who has the time or patience for dealing with medical billing departments? I also try to keep some cash with me at all times. Being out and about in NYC, you're bound to tip someone at some point during your day!"
Torabi is a personal finance expert and host of "So Money with Farnoosh Torabi."
11. Clark Howard
"My YMCA card. It doesn't help to be fiscally fit if you aren't also physically fit."
Howard is a consumer expert and host of "The Clark Howard Show."
12. Stephen Dubner
"I don’t actually carry a wallet. Years ago, George Constanza helped persuade me how dangerous that can be. Instead, I carry only the plastic I need daily (an ID, bank card, etc.) with some cash, and keep it in a binder clip, in my front pocket. Therefore, almost nothing in there is non-essential."
Dubner is the host of the "Freakonomics" podcast.
This article is a part of GOBankingRates‘ “Money on the Air” series. Vote for your favorite podcaster or radio show host — and check back for more interviews with them — here on GOBankingRates throughout March.