5 Unusual Places to Stash Cash at Home

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It is always good to have a stash of cash around the house in case of emergencies or unexpected scenarios where debit cards can’t be accepted.

Leaving money in a house does bring with it the inherent danger that it could be found by a less than trustworthy relative or discovered during a break-in.

These risks don’t exist with banks, but money isn’t as easily accessible at banks either. If you need cash fast sometimes keeping a secret hiding spot at home might be your answer. It’s like having your own cash card whenever you need it.

Luckily people have hidden cash in their homes for millennia so a few good, albeit unusual hiding places have been thought up. These five hiding spaces from We Know Savings may sound absurd, but they are likely the best hiding places anyone has ever thought up.

 

Inside fake plants

 

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Fake plants are a perfect place to hide extra money. Nobody, burglars included, is going to go rooting through the “roots” (pun intended) of an artificial house plant.

Most of these household decorations come with foam in a vase or pot to hold the “plant” in place. The cash doesn’t even have to be put into anything for protection since it isn’t real soil.

Placing a handful of bills under the foam portion of the plant almost guarantees that the money will be there when you look for it, no matter how long you left it.

 

Under a kitty litter box

 

There are certain things in a home that most people will never want to mess with, no matter what their intentions are. Dirty underwear, used tissues and moulded food all fall under this category.

Luckily for anyone who wants to hide their money kitty litter is also under this umbrella. The money should obviously not be hidden inside of the actual litter, and it should definitely be placed in a freezer bag just in case. Taping an envelope to the bottom of the litter box and sliding money into it is a great way to hide extra money.

 

Inside a curtain rod

 

Curtain rods are another unlikely target of anyone looking for money in a home. Most modern curtain rods have ends that slide or screw off. Placing money into the rods and putting the ends back on provides an inconspicuous hiding spot that most people would never think to look in.

Unfortunately this will likely not work with the old-time, skinny, metal rods that were so flimsy.  If the old rods are the only ones around a house it’s better to find another hiding spot for your cash.

 

Empty aspirin bottle

 

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A pill bottle would seem like a terrible place to hide money. Reasoning would tell a person that if someone is looking to take their money, then they may have no problem taking their pills.

Luckily aspirin doesn’t really have any street value, so stealing it would be unproductive of even the most frugal burglar. The fact that many aspirin and other headache medicine bottles are not clear also provides a great quality in a hiding spot for your cash. Just make sure not to let anyone get any aspirin on their own.

 

Hide cash In the toilet

 

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Toilets are another part of the house that even the most thorough criminal would likely pass up. Sure, someone may decide to use the bathroom, but luckily the toilet hiding spot is far more sanitary than putting cash into the actual bowl.

Placing cash in a watertight plastic bottle or even in a mason jar will keep the cash dry. It can then be placed into the tank on the back of the toilet. Most people have seen movies where drug runners will hide their stash in the tank of the toilet, but no one really expects anyone to do so. The only people we could ever expect to be this thorough are the agents on “Law and Order”.

There are several areas in a home where money can be safely hidden. The more unusual the hiding spot is the more unlikely it is that the money will ever be found by anyone other than the person who hid it.

There are literally thousands of spots around a home where cash can be hidden, but these are likely the best. If a person can find a hiding spot better than these, then their money will never be in any danger.

What other places can you think of to stash cash around the house?

 

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Comments

  1. Karen H says:

    I’ve heard of it being hidden in a baggie in the freezer

  2. I just thought of another great place to hide cash…got any old pair of socks lying around? :-) Just make sure you dont throw them in with your old clothes meant to be donated to charity. Haha

  3. I’ve read a lot about places to hide money and there were some new ideas here I hadn’t considered. Really like the curtain rod idea. I’ve also heard of leaving a bit out in the open so they can find your decoy stack and hopefully leave without destroying your home.

    • Decoy stack.. hahaha! I love that idea. So keep a jar of coins in the kitchen counter with a note attached. This is as good as it gets… I’m in debt up to my eyeballs so don’t waste your time lol…. You think that would work? I don’t keep anything but spare change around. How about you?

  4. So…I now know places to look if I ever decide to make a professional career out of breaking and entering. :p KIDDING! Interesting article, though. I’ve never really thought about where I would hide cash before. Probably because I don’t usually have copious amounts of it.

    • Ha! I knew one person would say that at least lol. I don’t hide money in my house although I do keep a stash in my piggy bank.. well actually it’s a piggy coffee can. Do you have kids come around the house selling chocolate bards etc… that’s why I have spare change. Thanks for dropping in and chatting! Cheers Mr.CBB

  5. Joanna Cheevers says:

    femmefrugality beat me to it. I was going to make a similar comment. I guess if you were going to hide money in your home it should be put somewhere that would involve quite a bit of effort to get to. I would imagine most burglars want to get in and out as fast a possible so wouldn’t spend a lot of time looking everywhere. Perhaps somewhere in the attic or basement or cold seller. I myself don’t tend to keep much money at home. With debit and credit cards now there has been less need to have cash on hand.

    • That or you can simply leave a note with a jar of money on the counter.. did you read my other comments. I remember my mate he had a jeep with a soft top. This jeep got broken into so many times. They kept slicing the soft top. It got to the point where he taped a note to the window at night that read…Please don’t slice my soft top the door is open so please use it. Note- there is nothing left to steal in my vehicle. ha!

  6. Hmmm interesting! I never have cash, so I never have to hide it. If I did have it, I’d probably hide it somewhere in my closet. It’s such a mess.

  7. Bwhaha! I would never ever, ever think to hide something under the kitty litter box. That is just genius. I’ve also heard of fake wall outlets as a place to stash cash/valuables.

  8. Wow! I haven’t heard of most of those ideas! lol There are some great ones! I might of thought of one or two if I actually had money to hide! lol. I do have a coin collection that’s hidden and then my son’s piggy bank which is out in the open..very heavy though lol. I’d feel much safer with it in a bank :-)

  9. I thought inside the toilet was only in the movies. These are quite interesting place for people to hide money. They have some serious issues with the banks :-)

    • I think it’s for small amounts of money that you want to tuck away in case of emergency. I don’t keep any money around by spare change in a jar. Thanks for your comment Sean! Cheers Mr.CBB

  10. mycanuckbuck says:

    These are some great ideas – never thought of the kitty litter box!

  11. I like the plant idea-I had honestly never thought of that!

  12. My vote is to tape an envelope on the underside of your home treadmill. In my experience, very few people venture close to that type of equipment ;).

  13. That would be my problem, remembering where I stashed the money! Cheers

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