Can't throw cards away?

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  1. Dovster
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    Are you like me -- unable to throw away cards and thus stuck with them?

    My latest addition is a MARTA "Breeze" card I got when I was in Atlanta. A r/t on Marta costs $4 but they charged me $4.50 -- the extra 4 bits being for the card (which is reloadable). Determined never to get hit for that 50 cents again, I kept the card but the odds are I will never use it again.

    Along the same lines is a ticket good for 10 rides on the tram in Milan. I think I have 4 rides left and I usually give these tickets to my UIG (Used Italian Girlfriend) when I leave the city. The last time I was there I forgot to do so and thus it is being kept until my next visit. The savings is not worth the bother of my trying to find the ticket before I fly.

    I also have free entry tickets to the casino at Campione d'Italia. I have had them for about 5 years but the casino has been entirely rebuilt since my last visit and I suspect that entry, today, is free to everyone.

    Am I the only one unable to throw away such things or do others of you share that problem?
     
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    I simply use such cards in hotels where you are supposed to put your keycard into a slot in order to turn on electricity/aircondition. Sometimes I forget to remove them from the slot, and sometimes the cleaning staff removes them, so this takes care of discarding them - and I get extra value :)
     
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    I have some loadable MRT cards from Singapore and a MTR card from Hong Kong. A couple of times I have lent them to friends just to keep them active. Both of them can be used on the rail, busses etc. Last time I went to Singapore I forgot to pack it anyway. I don't know why I bother.
     
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    I have quite an amazing collection in my desk drawer (it is pretty much full). I will never pay SGD 1 again for a reloadable card on the singapore mrt for example!
     
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    I have a number of transit cards (e.g. CharlieCard for Boston, BART tickets, a few tickets left from the last Paris carnet we bought) but they are inevitably for places I know I will go again. If I don't expect to be needing them again, I give them to someone who can use them.

    My brother keeps leaving NY metrocards at my mother's house for me. The catch is that she never remembers they're there until after I leave, so I never actually get them until after they've expired.
     
  6. Travel2Food
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    Chalk me up. I have a number of cards that I will not likely use again - and i do have a couple of old subway tokens for NYC (the old Y token) that can't be used any longer. Throw in a couple of French Francs for good measure.h
     
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    Do the old Disney A, B, and C, tickets count? I know they are around here somewhere.
     
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    I assume you also bring some Gettone with you every time you return to Italy, just in case you have to use an old telephone box?
    [​IMG]
     
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    Had an old cell phone from Ireland with time on it I never used. Would have left it there, but I needed it for the last leg of my trip. I think I finally threw it away, but it took awhile. And I have mailed a SIM card back to Germany which I bought way back when it was so cheap for cell service in Europe, so a friend was able to use it, and she has now returned it to me, now that she is back in the States. I put it in a old D&G gold cell phone for my 4 yr old daughter to play with :D

    Lesson here - Don't do it! Don't throw anything away. Hang onto it forever. You'll use it someday!! :D :D :D :D
     
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    Hey I always keep these handy !
     
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    I have a big shoe box in which I store envelopes, organized by country, containing all the foreign currency (et al) left after a trip. Before a trip I just grab whatever's in there. Sometimes it has been useful (spare change, a working SIM card) and sometimes it has not (Deutschmarks, French Francs, an expired MetroCard).

    On a recent trip to Japan, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that not only did my Suica card (from a trip to Tokyo back in 2007) work on JR Rail in Osaka, but I still had almost 1000 JPY left on it. Cha-ching!

    (And if I knew the U.S. dollar would have taken such a dive against the Yen, I would have put even more money on it back then! [​IMG])
     
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    i have got quite a nice collection of safety cards.
    I take them off the planes. Never any hesitation.
    I love safety cards.
     
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    My 4 yr old daughter loves those things. I have one by her bedside with her other books and we will read it just like the rest of her books before bed.
     
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