We have rounded up 15 smart ways to hide money so you don’t have to drill a safe in your walls. It’s a good idea to keep some cash on hand in your home, your car, or on your person for emergencies. Although it’s unlikely, a problem with your bank’s computer systems or an electrical outage may prevent access to your accounts. But you have to be careful. Burglars are wise to the typical hiding spots like under the mattresses or in the freezer. If you want to keep some cash on hand, try these clever money-hacks.
Smart Ways to Hide Money
1. Dental Floss Container
At home or on the road, a dental floss container is a convenient hiding spot. Don’t use the floss on your teeth, though—germy! Keep a separate container on hand for flossing. This is such a nifty trick that you can definitely try on vacation trips. If you have this in the family bathroom, well, you need to be more discreet about it!
2. Fake Electrical Outlet
This fake electrical outlet is a great place to hide some money. Who’d think to look there? It looks like an electrical outlet and you hide your money and other valuables behind it. If you’re not handy, no need to worry. It comes with instructions for installations and you can have your ‘safe’ in minutes! The only downside to this is you will have to make a hole in your wall but the tools for this will be provided with your packet. Place this next to a real electrical outlet and it will go unnoticed by a burglar!
3. DIY Wrist Wallet
Are you a runner or jogger? Hide your cash in one of these DIY wrist wallets. This is so cool and clever. It takes some stitching to do and you can accessorize it any way you like so it looks like a wrist band. Remember this will only come in handy with notes as coins will be jiggly and uncomfortable. If you have a small wrist, then this is perfect as it is so lightweight. Now you can run or jog without risking the money falling out of your pocket! If you have a close friend or relative that enjoys running, share this with them or make it for them.
4. Hide money in a DVD Case
Does anyone use these anymore? Probably not! But if you have some DVD cases lying around, do not let them gather dust. They are great storage places for small items like money or a single key. Just remember which case you used for quick retrieval. You can use one from your favorite movie or series.
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5. Hide money in a hollow door
If you’re handy with tools, try hiding some cash in one of the hollow doors inside your home. Here’s a complete tutorial.
A simpler way to do it is to drill a hole at the top of any interior door. Make it in a size that will fit a small cylindrical item such as a cigar tube. Roll your money and keep it there. Please make sure to stay close to the outside edges if working with a hollow-core door.
6. Empty mayonnaise jar
Stash some money in your fridge in an empty mayonnaise jar. Paint the inside of the jar a cream color so the money isn’t visible when the fridge is opened. We love this idea! Money in the fridge? So cool (pun intended)! You can also use other empty containers that will go undetected by those around you. Please make sure that these can go unnoticed by those around you if it’s a secret stash.
7. False air vent
Install a false air vent to put away some dough. You can purchase faux air vents made specifically for this purpose, but if you want to save some scratch, just make one yourself. It may take a lot of work to install these but once it is done, you have your secret safe for a very long time. You can have these in the bathroom, in the basement, or under the sinks. After all, they are fake!
8. Secret book or bookcase
You may have seen in movies when an ordinary bookshelf opens up to an entire money vault. Well, we may not need that kind of heavy investment in our homes but books are great places to hide those bills. Put some cash between the pages of a memorable book. Choosing your favorite book (or your child’s favorite) will help you remember where it is later, especially if you have loads of books on your shelf. You can do this another way to do it by using a bookcase. You can purchase one or create one yourself.
9. Hide money in the kids’ rooms
Apparently, burglars rarely enter kids’ rooms, so hiding some cash in an old toy your child no longer uses may be a good idea. Put it up in a closet or on a shelf along with some others so you’ll know it’s safe. Remember exactly where you put your stash or you might hand down those toys with your bills. Not a bad gift idea though!
10. Money in the Chapstick Tube
Keep cash on hand in your car by hiding it in a tube of lip balm. You’ll always have money on hand for those little emergencies (like a much-needed cup of coffee on a hectic morning). Additionally, if someone went through your purse, they are less likely to steal your lip balm!
Here’s how to go about this:
- Take an old tube of Chapstick. Take it apart and clean it. You can use a wet wipe for this.
- Roll up your money and place it in the empty tube.
- Close it up and voila!
If you are traveling to a busy street, have this in the front pocket of your pants where it’s easy to reach but tough to be pick-pocketed.
11. Use a fish tank
This smart way to hide money will have no one guessing! Hide a hundred in your fish tank! Put it in a waterproof container near the seaweed, coral, and other tank decorations. If your container camouflages with the surroundings, even better. Just make sure your container is well-grounded so it does not float away!
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12. In a box of tampons or pads
When you’re traveling, put some extra cash in a box of tampons or pads. That’s an effective place at home, too! If you are at home, you can keep that box in a designated place so it does not get thrown out accidentally. No one will care to steal that, trust me. Just make sure it’s not the same box of tampons you give to a stranger in need!
13. Empty deodorant container
Save an empty deodorant container to stash a hundred-dollar bill or two. Just like we did with our Chapstick, start by taking apart your old deodorant container. Wash your container with soap and water, or wipe the inside with a warm cloth. It is important that you don’t take out the twisty part of the deodorant because it’s hard to put back on. Place your notes in the container and remember where you are placing your secret stash. We don’t want to risk disposing of this as an empty! You may even have some nice-smelling notes of cash!
14. Deep way to hide money
Some people bury money in their yards or in potted plants. We want to make sure our money remains clean and protected from rodents while underground. Keep your notes together using a rubber band and use wrapping paper to protect them from damage. Place your sealed money in a plastic container. Water-proof is the best way to go. Dig a deep hole in your front yard or backyard and bury your money.
This is a clever way to save emergency money or reward money, like for a vacation. It is ideal for a long-term plan because you don’t want to be unearthing it every so often.
Your kids will love doing this with their savings too! You could even draw yourself a treasure map just for fun.
15. Use the bottom of your desk or drawer
We know we can use the insides of our drawers, but what about under them? Put some money in an envelope, and tape it to the bottom of your desk or a drawer. As long as the bottom of the desk is very close to the floor, this is a brilliant way to hide a stash of money that will be needed in the short term. Make sure this is not a huge pack that will create a bulge under the desk.