As is apparent by now, I have a lot of cards. Credit cards, ATM debit cards, frequent flier membership cards, gift cards, the list goes on and on. I used to just keep them in a big stack tied with a rubber band. Then, one day when visiting my parents and going through my baseball cards, I thought – why not keep them in these plastic pages instead?
If you’re not familiar with them, people often store collectible cards in plastic pages that hold 9 cards to a sheet, are designed to fit inside 3-ring binders. Here’s what they look like:
There are lot of benefits of doing this:
- It keeps all the cards easily accessible, with both front and back visible without removal.
- You can reduce clutter and organize them by type, issuer, name, etc.
- Slide then into a binder, and they blend in discreetly on a bookshelf.
- Place them up on a wall or corkboard, and it helps you remember to use all your gift cards!
- For security, you can also use the pages to make backup copies of all your card information in case they get lost or stolen.
If you’re an old collector like me, they’ll even be free (and you’re recycling!). Otherwise, you can pick them up for only about 10 cents each.
By Jonathan Ping | Simple Living | 8/30/07, 1:14am