I had lunch with a friend recently who seemed overly excited when she arrived. When I asked why she got kind of embarassed and said “I hate to admit it, but I was at the grocery store this morning and when I got home I didn’t have my handbag. I had left it in the cart.” Fortunately there was a happy ending (hence the excitement in her mood). She went back to the store and another kind shopper had turned her handbag into the service counter, with all the contents in tact.
It could have been a lot worse. Think about replacing all the documents, calling all the credit companies, etc. Although what I suggest won’t get your wallet back it will make the process of dealing with your lost, or in truly unfortunate circumstances – stolen, items easier to deal with.
Here’s the Tip:
Take everything out of your wallet and put it down on a scanner or copier. Copy both sides of everything. Keep the scanned document in your computer with a password and/or the paper copy in a safe, secure place.
If anything happens to your wallet this is the first document you grab for. Start making calls and arrangements right away. Make sure you have all the relevant phone numbers. If they aren’t on the copy – write them in.
NOTE: Do not do this on a public copier (i.e. Staples, at Work, etc.). Copiers keep digital copies of the files. Use your home copier/scanner or ask someone trustworthy to use theirs.
It’s something that takes only a few minutes, but can save you hours of hassle.
Here’s hoping you will NEVER need it! Here’s knowing that if you did, you’ll be prepared to handle it with ease!
“Who steals my purse, steals trash.” ~ William Shakespeare
Honor is an essential possession, something that can belong to you and to you only; your money, on the other hand, remains what it is even if thousands of others have handled and possessed it. Compared to honor, then, money is mere “trash.” (enotes)