15 Secret Places to Hide Money Around Your Home

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Sometimes you want to have cash around the house so that it easy to access, however, you don’t want just anyone to be able to find it. 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 of the hiding spots are free while others are products that you can purchase that blend into any houses decor.

Free options for hiding money

Since I am all about saving money, I thought I would start with 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? 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 long and they will never find your envelope.

3. Inside of a Pen

Did you know that can hide money inside of 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!

Products that you can buy to hide money in

Not only can your store cash in your home using items you already own, you can also buy items that will blend into you 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 mostly 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, finding the canister is empty and ends up throwing it away.

12. Ajax Diversion Can Safe

If you want to hide cash under the sink then this is a great option. Just remember to actually have another cleaner on hand in case you really need to clean something.

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 on a regular basis.

Many of the other options are just for show where this safe has some utility to it as well.

14. Dictionary Diversion Book Safe

Want to hide your cash in your books like Andy did 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 hair brush, I like this one because it is functional as well as being a safe.

Summary

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 some place where it is lost forever.

The Wall clock would be a much better option in my scenario.

What are some other ways to hide money around the house that have you heard of?


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34 COMMENTS

34 responses to “15 Secret Places to Hide Money Around Your Home”

  1. Michelle says:

    These are definitely some interesting ways to hide money! Right now, we just hide money in my closet. Good luck to anyone who actually wants to search through that mess.

    • Deacon says:

      Haha! That is too funny. I often find cash in my jeans in my closet when I go to wash them. It is such a good hiding place that I don’t even know it is there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Brian @ Luke1428 says:

    Fun stuff! My wife’s dad loved to store cash in his freezer. He also had some hidden in a cigar box above the ceiling tiles in his office.

    • Deacon says:

      Hiding stuff above ceiling tiles – I totally forgot about that. That’s classic.

    • Gary says:

      The freezer is one of the better locations as no one would look there to begin with. Do you need more sound reasons? If your house burns to the ground, the freezer will survive. It’s also rodent and critter proof. I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea.

  3. KK @ Student Debt Survivor says:

    I know a bunch of people who have hidden cash in coffee cans in the pantry or in those “book safes”.

  4. Pauline says:

    The wall socket is a cool idea! I’ve read about people finding a stash in old houses’ walls where the old owners would have an empty brick full of cash. I don’t think I’d like to have a lot of cash at home. We have a safe, but it rarely holds more than $100.

    • Deacon says:

      I remember hearing something about that in the news as well. It seemed like it was a lot of money. I want to say over $100,000 that someone found inside the walls of their house. Crazy, right? I’m with you, Pauline. I don’t keep much cash lying around my house either.

  5. Dividend investing Martin says:

    This is funny, actually. I was thinking why I would need cash hidden around my house.

  6. Little House says:

    I don’t hide money purposely around the house, but sometimes I find it at the bottom of my backpack, purse, or pocket of my pants. However, my parents were notorious for storing money in the sock drawer (and still do). With the items mentioned above, I think I’d go with the hair brush (I mean, who really wants to touch someone else’s hair?!)

    • Deacon says:

      The hair brush is a good one, for sure. The fact that it is functional makes it less likely that anyone would ever think it has cash inside.

  7. Felix Lee says:

    I usually insert several bills in my drawer, usually on the bottom edge. This has been my hiding place ever since I was a kid.

  8. My Wealth Desire says:

    I like the idea of keeping the money inside the curtain rod. Actually, this is the first time I’ve heard of hiding it inside the rod.

    These are really practical and helpful tips.

  9. Mo' Money Mo' Houses says:

    Haha. I love the clock idea. It’s brilliant.

  10. Joel @ SaveOutsidetheBox says:

    Here’s my question: What interest rate does the fake electrical socket pay? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Kim says:

    I like to tape envelopes to the back of pictures and keep it hanging on the wall. I have also taken the cardboard backing out of picture frames on my desk and slipped money in there. Who is going to check your pictures for money? My mom used to do this too.

  12. Kyle Leader says:

    LOL. I like the toilet idea. No one would think to check there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Jessica Rodriguez says:

    In your underwear drawer. No one wants to go through your underwear.

  14. John says:

    I like to keep mine under the cats litter box – like if someone would like to go through the cats litter box, what world are we living in?

  15. James says:

    I keep fake money and jewelry in obvious places (mattresses and drawers), and I keep the real stuff in my daughter`s toy bear. I’m actually convinced that the best place to hide money is a place that isn’t adapted for it.

  16. Simon says:

    Like everyone, I have things that take batteries, and I donโ€™t use a lot of them. I just hide bills in the battery slots and then just put the cover on. No one wants to take your 5 dollar RC car, crappy alarm clock, or random freebie flashlights.

  17. Darkside says:

    Start up savings account #2 at your bank or credit union that has no online access whatsoever. Have saving account #1 deposit a small monthly allowance into #2, if possible, having only access at your leisure. Itโ€™s your little secret between you and your bank. If there’s more than one bank in your town you can have more savings. If you get paid weekly, at $10.00 a week, thatโ€™s $520.00 next year. Also, opt not to have account information sent to your home address. If you’re one of those people that thinks you may need get away money in the future and no one else needs to know about it, go for it. Or, get that golf club you always wanted next year. Jason Bourne would be proud.

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