There are a few quick and easy ways to find a lost wallet. Here are our top seven techniques to get your lost wallet found.
We're a wallet company. We really hope these tips help you find your old wallet. But if they don't, and you're looking for a new wallet, you're in the right place. (Besides, there's a good chance our Rogue Front Pocket Wallet is more comfortable and more secure than the wallet you lost.)
Always a good idea to keep your wallet in your front pocket.
Here's our advice to get your wallet from lost to found:
1) Close Your Eyes and Take a Few Deep Breaths.
Before you start searching for your lost wallet, you should take thirty seconds to get in the right mindset. Controlled breathing is a great technique to decrease stress and increase focus. If it's good enough for Navy SEALs, it's certainly good enough for us. We go with the 4-4-4 method. To start, slowly exhale through your nose for four seconds. When your lungs have emptied, pause for a four count, and then breathe in, slowly, through your nose for four seconds. Repeat a few times.
We love this method of controlled breathing - it's like hitting Control-Alt-Delete on stress. Now that you're focused and calm, you're ready to begin the search for your wallet.
2) Go for Context
Asking "Where did I see my wallet last?" rarely yields fruitful answers. If you knew that, you'd be done. Instead, focus on the context of what you were doing and what you were wearing when you last had your wallet. What's easier to remember: where you last saw an item you weren't even looking for, or which coat and pants you wore the day before? Check the coat and pants.
3) Check Only the Most Likely Places Your Wallet Could Have Run Off To
If you usually keep your wallet on top of your dresser, check your dresser (or underneath the pile of clothes on top of it.) If your wallet is usually in your gym bag or in your car's center console, check those places. If you were shopping online at work when your boss walked in, there's a good chance your wallet is in your desk drawer.
4) Search (but Don't Destroy)
If you haven't found your wallet yet, it might be time to take things up a notch. Start in one room of the house, and systematically start searching, moving couch cushions and pillows, and looking underneath any objects that could have been unintentionally placed on top of you wallet. Be vigilant, but don't make a mess. Turning the house upside down is only going to make the process worse if you have to go through each room again.
5) Call the Bar. Or Restaurant. Or Wallet Inspector.
If your wallet isn't at home, work or in the car, your best bet might be the establishment you actually used it at last. I've had my wallet found and returned by an honest waiter at Portland's Downtown Lounge. You've got to pick up the phone and call; most businesses are too busy to call you. It's usually worth a shot. But if the last place you remember using your wallet was when you handed it to the wallet inspector, you're out of luck.
6) Make It a Habit to Start Keeping Your Wallet in the Same Place.
Those are all the backward looking suggestions we've got. Moving forward, we recommend you start putting your wallet in the same place, every single day. Preferably you should stash your wallet with the keys, as they're actually pretty good friends and they like to hang out. Plus this way they're in the same spot when you need them. Having a go-to place for your wallet will keep you from losing it next time.
7) If All Else Fails, Get a New Wallet From Rogue Industries, and a Tile Wallet Tracker As Well.
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Get 'em both, and you just might never lose your wallet again! We hope we were helpful. Let us know how we did in the comments below.
Thank you for your advice! I found it with step #2… in my winter coat pocket. Now where are my glasses, please? Thanks again!
Good idea to check your bank card purchases if you use your bank card a lot to figure out the last place you purchased something
Thanks for the help I started off in the car then realised that my purse wasn’t with me so I followed all of the techniques (4-4-4 was the best.) Unfortunately I got into such a panic that I had to tell my parents to stop the car half way through our 2 hour trip. Luckily, my mum had put it in her bag but thanks for the help.
Nice! Was trying to find my wallet because I need to give back someone else’s money since I used theirs. Looked for it for 3 hours and it was at the bottom of my bag the whole time… I just didn’t check carefully enough.
After many hours looking and tearing up my room, I took a few seconds, took some deep 4-4-4 breaths, and found it within a minute. Thank you so so so much and I’ll get a tile tracker too!
Awesome information! Such a wonderful reference! Thanks for all the hard work you have obviously put into this!
Lost my wallet by foolishly leaving it on the top of the back of my car. Panicked when I realized what I had done. Read this site’s advice (breathing thing really worked), then went out to look for it at 12:30 @ night. After walking about 1/4 mile in nasty “grass” aside the road, my flashlight came across my familiar friend. I thanked God on the spot, and I thank you for posting this vital advice.
thank u i found my wallet i was looking for 2 hours and just couldn’t find it i went on google for some pointers and thats how i came here so thanks
I lost my wallet last week….went to police but no luck! Thanks for this site….jt
This is amazing. Mine has been lost for over a month. I just hadn’t looked properly in the old motorbike jacket I rarely wear. There it was. Dawkins bless you, Rogue Industries.
Thank u so much your a life saver 😭
Today i woke up looking for my wallet. I checked everywhere i know. I had not been touching it for 2 days and i went through everything i did at the time.. I searched for it at least for 2 hours. Then i opened google i thought maybe id find some tips on how to find it. So i end up here. I read this and in less than 5 minutes i find it. I was ready to go report it stolen. Then kept thinking how dumb it will be if i report it stolen and it pops op someplace by the end of the day. Guess this helped. Im not loosing sight of this thing ever again :D
Thank you! This article actually worked. It was tucked away in my backpack!
Thanks for the tips. I had my wallet at a private establishment, and I have called and they don’t know where it’s at. I have done each step a couple times. This has kind of turned into controlled chaos. A lot of cash was in that wallet, and I don’t know what I am going to do. Any other tips?
One of the most helpful articles on finding things. Every other article says think about where you were. But this one has breathing and multiple other things. Thankyou so much.
What if I lost my wallet at the movie theater? I tried calling several times and wouldn’t answer. They would always leave a voicemail repeating the same line like “for more information, please press 2”, or something like that. And I’m not sure if I can go to the theater and ask one of the people who work there if I can retrieve my wallet since I feel like I’m wasting other people’s time who are waiting in line. What should I do?
Thanks for the tips. I think step 4 should be the first thing cause I destroyed furniture before reading the rest of the tips and now I need to buy another couch. thanks again.
I lost my wallet n im sure its in my house only. This is helpful. Ill continue searching.
This was helpful