Photos In Your Wallet Increase Likeliness Of It Being Returned

Losing your wallet can be devastating, because it doesn't just mean lost money, but rather several cards that will take many hours to replace. Plus, if it results in identity theft you could be paying for that one little error for several years. According to personal finance magazine SmartMoney, you can improve your chances of getting your lost wallet returned by simply including a photo:

According to a 2009 study by psychologists in Edinburgh, Scotland, a lost wallet is far more likely to be returned if it has a picture or two inside. The return rates were highest (88 percent) for wallets that included a baby photo. (Just about one in two wallets with a pic of a puppy were returned.) Those without kids, though, need not worry. Says Richard Wiseman, the author of the Edinburgh study: Get a photo of the "cutest baby you can find" and make sure it's prominently displayed.

So if you want to improve your chances of getting your wallet back and you don't have kids or a puppy, now's a good time to do a quick google image search and hook up your printer.

How a Fat Wallet Makes You Spend More [SmartMoney]


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    'Those without kids, though, need not worry. Says Richard Wiseman, the author of the Edinburgh study: Get a photo of the “cutest baby you can find” and make sure it’s prominently displayed'

    That could look really bad....... "Oh hey that's a nice picture of your son". "It's not my son, just a picture a of a young boy". "Weirdo............."

      You don't need to say it's a pic of a young boy - pick a baby you're related to, or a friend's baby.

      "A young boy" becomes "your nephew/brother/friend's son". Much less wierd, and may even get you some points for showing your sensitive side by caring enough to carry around a pic of this person.

        Pffft sensitive side? 'awwwwwww look at the baby' Man that sounds extremely lame and sad... Might as well just have a picture of broken-heart.....

    Probably this works with a small photo keyring on car and house keys, and a mobile phone number on the back of the photo. We did this after we permanently lost our (photoless) car keys.

    That's "likelihood" folks not "likeliness". Just doin' my bit to make the world a better place!

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