Looking for places to hide money around your home? Perhaps you have found your own hiding places over the years, but are they as safe as you would like them to be?
Here is a list of some of the best places to hide money around the house. Some hiding spots are free, while others are products you can purchase that blend into any house decor.
Top Secret Places To Hide Money
Since I am all about saving money, I thought I would start by mentioning the free options.
1. Inside a tennis ball
When was the last time you looked for a tennis ball canister to find some money? It never would be my guess.
Slice an opening just big enough to be able to slide bills in and out. Then, place the ball back in the canister with the regular tennis balls.
Of course, if you don’t have other sporting equipment, it might appear strange if you have just a collection of tennis balls.
2. On the bottom of a dresser drawer
You might think this is too obvious and that the money will be found easily. That might be true if you just placed the money at the bottom of your sock drawer.
Instead, tape an envelope underneath the drawer. People could rummage through your socks all day and never find your envelope.
3. Inside of a Pen
Did you know that can hide money inside a pen? Yep, you can roll up a $100 bill around the inner part of the pen, then put it back together.
Not only is your cash hidden, but you have a perfectly good working pen as well. Just make sure you don’t let anyone borrow it or you may be out one hundred bucks.
4. Under your mattress
This is a common place to hide money. Perhaps so common that it would be the first place someone would look. But it is better than having your money out in the open.
5. Inside your shoes
While we are on cliches, why not add another one?
If you have shoes that you don’t wear too often, why not remove the soles and store some hard cold cash underneath them?
6. In an empty food container
Empty out your Lean Cuisine box and turn it into a safe within your freezer. The money will be cold when you go to use it, but it will be safe.
Or, if you don’t want to stash your cash in the freezer, you could do the same thing with an empty cereal box as well.
Just make sure that someone else in your household doesn’t throw it away thinking that it is empty.
7. Inside a curtain rod
Many curtain rods have ends that detach. If that is the case for your curtain rods, then you can take the ends off, roll the money with a tight rubber band, insert it into the end, and then put the cap back on.
8. Inside couch cushions
This is an easy thing to do because most cushions have a zipper where you can quickly open the cushion, stuff some cash inside, and zip it back up.
Some bar stool seats do this too!
Not only can you store cash in your home using items you already own, but you can also buy items that will blend into your home as well. Here are a few of my favorites below.
9. Fake Electrical Wall Outlet
I had one of these when I was younger.
It was a slick place to hide money, however, just make sure to get one that matches the color of the rest of your wall outlets otherwise it may stick out like a sore thumb.
For instance, if all of your outlets are white and the fake outlet is beige, it might give away.
10. Coca-Cola Stash Can
This is another great way to hide your cash, but only if you’re a Coca-Cola drinker.
Also, make sure that it matches your other Coke cans; otherwise, it might be a dead giveaway that it is not supposed to be there and draw someone’s attention.
11. Barbasol Can Safe
Since almost everyone has to shave on a regular basis, almost everyone has had a Barbasol can at one point. This could be a great way to hide money in your bathroom.
Just hope that one of your guests doesn’t try to shave, finds the canister is empty, and ends up throwing it away.
12. Corn Can Safe
If you want to hide cash in the pantry, then this is a great option. Just remember to actually have another can on hand in case you really need to use the corn.
12. Pringles Can Diversion Safe
This would be a tough sell for me because if I had a can of Pringles in my cupboard, it would be hard to tell our guests, “Sorry you can’t eat those Pringles, I am saving those for a special occasion.”
But if you don’t have a lot of guests, then maybe this could still be a good option for you.
13. Hair Brush Stash Safe
An actual safe that is functional. It brushes hair and stores cash at the same time. This is one of my favorite places to hide money because you can actually use it regularly.
Many of the other options are just for show, while this safe has some utility to it as well.
14. Dictionary Diversion Book Safe
Want to hide your cash in your books like Andy from Shawshank Redemption? Here is your chance. While Andy did use a Bible in the movie, this dictionary will have a similar effect.
15. Wall Clock Safe
This might be a good option if you don’t want to access the money you are hiding too often.
If you do hang up this clock, you might need to get a step ladder to retrieve your cash. However, it will not likely be a hiding spot that gets discovered.
Like the hairbrush, I like this one because it is functional as well as being a safe.
16. Laundry Hamper
Another idea: Tape an envelope with money to the bottom of a laundry hamper. Or put the envelope inside the hamper underneath the cloth or plastic liner.
Pretty much everyone has a laundry hamper, which makes this a convenient choice.
17. DVD Case
Even with the best streaming services readily available, you shouldn’t give up your old DVDs yet.
Keep a few to hide your money in. Simply snuggle the cash neatly inside the DVD cases. And put the cases with money behind several DVD cases that don’t have cash in them.
That way you’ll throw super-smart criminals off track.
18. Lego Structure
I have to say, this is one of my favorite ways to hide money. If you have kids and have Legos around, have them make a Lego structure with a hidden storage compartment.
If you don’t have kids, make a structure yourself and add a couple more to a display area to give the impression that Lego building is your hobby.
Take an old, broken flashlight, remove the batteries, and hide your rolled-up money in the battery compartment.
Then, store the flashlight with other flashlights and tools for inconspicuous storage.
Worried about would-be burglars getting suspicious about the lack of weight? Add a rock or two to the battery compartment.
A garage can be a great place to hide money because few people would think to look there.
Garages are often messy and sometimes unsecured.
Think about using your garage to hide your money:
- Under a toolbox
- Behind or under a shelving unit
- Under a large appliance such as a fridge or freezer
- In a tackle box
Or in other places in your garage or in items in your garage. Be sure to keep your garage doors and windows locked for safekeeping.
21. Board Games
Board games are another great option for hiding money. Hide your cash in an envelope under the components of your favorite board game.
For instance, you can hide the cash between a folded game board or tape it to the inside of the game’s box.
22. Old Coat Pocket
You know that old coat you never wear? Don’t give it away or throw it out.
Instead, hang it in the back of your closet. Put a stash of cash in an inside or outside pocket. Or sew your cash into the liner of the coat.
23. Entertainment Center
Entertainment centers can be great places to hide money. There are many nooks and crannies where you could tape an envelope of cash or stash a roll of cash.
Use DVD and VHS collections, board games, DVD players and other items to increase invisibility.
24. Water Bottle
If you’re like me, you’ve got a cupboard full of metal and plastic water bottles ready for reuse.
Why not designate one of those water bottles to be your own personal piggy bank? Stash the bottle in the bank of the cupboard for extra safety.
25. Printer or PC
Printers and PCs can be great places to hide cash as well. Tape an envelope of cash to the bottom of your PC or printer.
Or stash some cash inside an old, unused PC or printer.
As you can see, there are several ways to hide money around your house, even free options to choose from. Your best bet is to pick the one that makes the most sense for you.
For instance, I have a two-year-old so I would stay away from hiding money in my shoes because she would be likely to find it and then put someplace where it is lost forever.
The Wall clock would be a much better option in my scenario.