5 Unusual Places to Stash Cash at Home

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Not everyone is comfortable keeping money in the bank, so they find places to stash cash at home.

Although it’s not the best option, as banks are fully insured for deposits up to $100,000 by the CDIC, it’s important to note there are pros and cons.

What if, during Covid, you needed cash but could not retrieve it from the ATM, and the banks were not open?

Perhaps it’s a holiday, and you’ve misplaced or lost your wallet and need cash.

There will always be reasons why cash is King and why everyone should stash a bit away for a rainy day.

5 Unusual Places To Stash Cash At Home
5 Unusual Places To Stash Cash At Home

Stash Cash The Smart Way

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 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 considered.

These five hiding spaces from We Know Savings may sound absurd, but they are likely the best places anyone has ever considered.

Inside Fake Plants 

Fake plants are a perfect place to hide extra money.

Nobody, burglars included, will go rooting through an artificial house plant’s “roots” (pun intended).

Most household decorations come with foam in a vase or pot to hold the “plant” in place.

The cash doesn’t have to be put into anything for protection since it isn’t 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 leave it.

Under A Litter Box

There are certain things in a home that most people will never want to mess with, no matter their intentions.

Dirty underwear, used tissues, and molded food all fall under this category.

Luckily, anyone who wants to hide their money in kitty litter is also under this umbrella.

The money should not be hidden inside the litter and should 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 Of A Curtain Rod

Curtain rods are another unlikely target for 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, finding another hiding spot for your cash is better.

Empty Pill Bottle

A pill bottle would seem like a terrible place to hide money.

Reasoning would tell a person that they may have no problem taking their pills if they are looking to take their money.

Luckily, aspirin has no street value, so stealing it would be unproductive for even the most frugal burglar.

The fact that many aspirins and other headache medicine bottles are unclear also provides excellent quality in a hiding spot for your cash.

Just make sure not to let anyone get any aspirin on their own.

Stash Cash In The Toilet

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 bowl.

Placing cash in a watertight plastic bottle or a mason jar will keep the money dry.

It can then be placed into the tank on the back of the toilet.

Most people have seen movies where drug runners hide their stash in the toilet tank, but no one expects anyone to do so.

The only people we could ever expect to be this thorough are the agents of “Law and Order.”

Fireproof Safe

Most homeowners might stash cash in a fireproof safe as it’s the most obvious.

A fireproof safe ensures your cash is safe from water and fire, so it’s not lost forever.

Purchasing a fireproof safe costs between $50-$200, depending on which size fits individual needs.

Think Outside Of The Box

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 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, their money will never be in danger.

Remember to track where you hide the money in case of your death so loved ones can find it.

To do so, download and print my free emergency binder and fill out the information to put it in a safe spot.

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

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27 Comments

    1. 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

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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!

  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.

    1. 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. 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.

    1. 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?

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