Dear Heloise: I make copies of all the credit cards and driver’s licenses that my husband and I carry in our wallets. I also do the same thing for my mom. Don’t forget your checkbook, too. I use my home printer for added privacy and security. The copies contain all the phone numbers and account numbers you need to make calls to cancel accounts, which is much easier than having to remember what items are in the wallet. Store copies in a safe place.
I also try to stress to my mom the importance of putting the remaining cash from a purchase in her wallet, and then her wallet securely in her purse before leaving the store. The key word in this sentence is “try.”