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Is your wallet getting a little heavy these days?

It’s all those business cards, credit cards, receipts, cash, family photos, drivers license, gift cards, insurance cards… it all adds up. All of it, confined in the traditional worn and torn leather square holding in all the important and unimportant things you need on a daily basis. If any of this applies to you, check out the digital wallet. You’re probably asking, what is a digital wallet? For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term digital wallet- it’s exactly what is sounds like. Take a look at these 9 digital wallets and get ready to lessen the load on your pocket:

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1. LoopPay

LoopPay is the only digital wallet that allows you to pay almost everywhere around the world. This revelation technology stores all of your cards to your phone, and allows you to pay for a variety of things from a cup of tea to a haircut. You have the option to use the LoopPay phone case or a detachable additional accessory called the Loop Fob, for just $39. (Information Source)

•Available for Personal Use
•Downloadable App
•Compatible with iPhones and Androids

Google-Wallet-Logo2. Google Wallet

Tap and pay or swipe away. Only available in the US for now, Google Wallet requires a (NFC) Near Field Communication Technology which is only accessible on some smartphones such as Androids 2.3 or higher or iOS 6 or higher. This digital wallet stores your credit card/debit card information so you don’t need to retype your cards’ information each time. Google Wallet has 24/7 fraud monitoring so you can disable your account if your phone is lost or stolen. Also, if you owe money to a friend or family member, you can pay him/her back just by sending an email!

•Available for Personal Use
•Downloadable App
•Compatible with iPhones 6 and Androids 2.3 or higher

DSC_4822_verge_super_wide3. Apple Pay

Apple Pay is perfect for the Apple lovers out there. This digital wallet allows you to pay with your iPhone, iPad and coming early 2015 you’ll be able to pay with the Apple Watch. If you have an iPhone 6, the touch ID feature keeps paying for things secure, since it reads your fingerprint. Also, if your device is lost or stolen, you have the ability to put your device in “Lost Mode”, which suspends your Apple Pay or can even wipe all of your personal information off your device to keep your information safe if stolen. Another perk of using Apple Pay is the privacy: Apple never saves your transaction information so all of your information stays with you.

•Available for Personal Use
•Downloadable App
•Compatible with iPhones, iPad and soon Apple Watch

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square-logo-dark4. Square Wallet

Grow your business with Square Wallet. Square caters to every type of businesses such as food and beverage, retail, beauty professionals, health and fitness, professional services, home and repair services, organizations, leisure & entertainment and transportation. Square Wallet works with iOS and Androids. This digital wallet is location-based and only works with Square’s list of merchants. With Square, you can earn discounts and rewards at your favorite restaurants and stores.

•Available for Business Use
•Downloadable App
•Compatible with iPhones and Androids

isis-logo_13171702095. Isis

Isis is a “soft card”, pin-protected digital wallet, only available for Android smartphones. Isis uses a cash card to help you manage coupons, offers and loyalty cards. If lost or stolen, you can temporally or permanently freeze your digital wallet. As a few added bonuses, if you pay with American Express, you receive $1 or more, and Amazon offers up to $150 gift card if you refer Isis to a friend, so spread the word!

•Available for Personal Use
•Downloadable App
•Compatible with Androids

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Paypal-logo6. PayPal

PayPal is great for businesses, but also allows users to send money to friends. It works with iOS and Android or you can send money via PayPal’s website. A benefit to using PayPal is that you have the ability to pay ahead, so say goodbye to waiting in line for your next purchase. You can also send money to anyone using a mobile phone number or email address. And next time someone owes your company money, you can send a friendly reminder with an invitation to pay.

•Available for Personal and Business Use
•Downloadable App
•Compatible with iPhones and Androids

ven7. Venmo

Venmo works similarly to PayPal and also allows you to transfer money between friends. This app is available for BlackBerry, Android and iOS and allows you to link your debit cards, credit cards, or bank accounts. Also, you have the ability to show a transaction via Facebook, Foursquare or Twitter if you’d like to thank a friend for a gift or after enjoying a nice meal that you would like to share about on social media.

•Available for Personal Use
•Downloadable App
•Compatible with iPhones, BlackBerry and Androids

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dwolla-1040cs0910128. Dwolla

Available for iOS and Android, Drolla links directly to your bank account and allows you to pay with the large number of merchants who accept Dwolla. You can transfer money to friends via LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, making it easier than ever for financial transactions, and you can also track these transactions directly through the app itself.

•Available for Personal Use
•Downloadable App
•Compatible with iPhones and Androids

zipmark_logo9. Zipmark

Available only by invitation, Zipmark links to your checking account — think of it as your “digital checkbook”. When using Zipmark, your “checks” are cleared the next business day and require a $5 maximum transaction fee or 1%. Perfect for businesses!

•Available for Business Use
•Downloadable App
•Compatible with iPhones and Androids

 

It may be time to say goodbye to that old leather wallet you have had for so many years and jump into the new technological age with the digital wallet. You will be securing your money and making it much safer and more convenient for you to make purchases, accept payments for your business, and send and receive money from friends and family.

See also: Pinterest Tips for Businesses

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Bridget is President of The Get Smart Web Consulting Group, a web presence and digital strategy firm with offices in San Diego County California and Collier County Florida. But more importantly she is a web, tech, and Twitter addict!