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Best Place to Hide Money at Home

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Book ShelfWe all need to have a little cash on hand. Maybe you need some cash but don’t want to head out to the ATM? Maybe a truck just stopped by and they have a great deal on speakers (OK, bad example, those speakers are probably stolen or not as advertised). Whatever your reason to keep cash at home, you have some cash on hand and you want to know where you should hide it so thieves, should they be so enterprising, don’t get their hands on it.

When picking where to hide it, remember one maxim – thieves don’t have a lot of time so they look in the most predictable of places. In your underwear drawer, under the mattress, in your desk, in a jewelry box, in your closet, and most notably, in a safe. So when picking a place to hide your cash, follow this one rule – make it look like something else. Camouflage is the best protection because, presumably, they don’t have all day to look.

Best Places to Hide Money At Home

  • In Your Freezer: Do you have any idea what is in your freezer? No, so what chance does a burglar have if you take your valuables, money or jewelry, wrap it in foil, put it in a zip lock bag, and stuff it in your freezer? They won’t know the difference between your frozen chicken breasts from you frozen wad of $20s.
  • Framed Pictures: This one is a classic and the stuff of legends, just hide it in the back of a framed picture between the picture and the frame. It’s where an enterprising adventurer hid the map to One Eyed Willy’s treasure. 🙂
  • Hollow Can of Soup: After you’ve enjoyed the soup, wash it out and use it as a container for your cash. Stick it back in the cupboard with the rest of your stacked cans and burglars stand little chance of finding it.
  • In Your Toilet: Get a secure zip lock bag (or two or three), put your stuff in it, and tape it to the lid of your toilet’s water tank. Burglars typically don’t search toilet water tanks in the hopes of finding treasure.
  • Pockets of Jackets: You may already do this without knowing it but why not hide money in the pocket of pants and jackets in your closet? If you have expensive clothes, that you think burglars might steal, this might be a bad idea.
  • Tucked Into Books: Much like the spreading out across jackets, you can stick bills inside the pages of books.
  • Coffee Cups: How many times do you use every coffee cup? Find the one you rarely use and roll up some bills to hide in there, it’ll usually be in the back and away from prying eyes.
  • Hollowed out Book: Jeff from Sustainable Life Blog tweeted this idea to me, which I hadn’t thought of. I like all my books so I think I’ll have to check out my library’s next used book sale for a nice thick book.
  • Lining of a Suitcase: Tweeter Beskeie suggested the lining of a suitcase, which is certainly novel.
  • Feminine Hygeine Product Box: Kandace of Making it Bright suggested the bottom of a feminine hygiene product box in the bathroom, that’s another brilliant idea!
  • Your Kid’s Toys (Or Board Games):Digital nomad Alex says he puts “all his money” in a Candyland box, which is probably good for hiding (it’s not much different than hollowing out a book, without hollowing out a book) but probably less good when you’re out shopping.
  • Fake Stained Underwear: Tweeter Meathook Jones shared this gem, stained underwear is probably something a thief will actively avoid.

And with that final suggestion, I think we will end this list for fear of getting worse. 🙂

Now for the hardest part, remembering where you hid it!

(Photo: guldfisken)

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33 Responses to “Best Place to Hide Money at Home”

  1. Barston says:

    I hid 5oz cold coins in my attic 30yrs ago. It was just before moving to a new home few years later. Could not remember which attic I had hid them in new or old (sold) home. I remembered I had hid the coins under some insulation batts on the rafters but could never find them again. So I assumed they were gone forever in my old (sold) home attic and I never thought about it again. One year ago I had my a/c/ heater unit replaced. Few months ago the technician came out to check my unit for the 1 yr warranty. He said “Hey man did you ever spend the gold coins I saw in the attic last year”? !!!!Moral of the story better confide in a trusted person/spouse where you cleverly hide your valuables!!
    (By the way bought the 5oz. gold for 3000.00 30yrs ago and sold for 5000.00 ,a 67% gain. Not such a good investment!)

  2. Anonymous says:

    I I think the freezer is a bad place because it’s obvious.

  3. Peg says:

    by the way, the freezer was the FIRST place the burglars looked at my house. There was a paper bag with a ham from my large downstairs freezer sitting in the middle of my bed upstairs…Fortunately, I had not hidden anything in there!

  4. Charlie says:

    Do not hide your money in any of the above places or any other place you read on the internet like under the carpet, in plants, fake cans etc. First all of these internet suggestions just teach the robbers where to look. My mothers house was broken into years ago and they took every thing that was not bolted down, picture frames, cans of food, old books and CD’s everything small because they sold it at garage sales. Probably the best solution is in the frame work of your house but make it easily accessible in case of fire you’ll need a couple of thousand dollars until the insurance pays up. One solution I saw was to have a key rack build into the wall near the front door and it had a fake bottom that valuables could be kept. Plus you can get to it quickly on your way out. But I guess just gave that idea away but this type of trick can work well if you get creative. The old safe behind the picture is over used but it still works just make sure the picture is really bad like Dogs playing poker poster. Good luck hiding your treasure.

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