It used to be a habit we associated with our grandparents, but after the banking crisis of 2008 and 2009, even young consumers started keeping at least some of their cash within reach. Companies that manufacture and sell home safes reported significant sales spikes during the recession, a trend that wasn’t unusual: during tough, uncertain times, people prefer to keep their money where they can see it.
Not everyone wants to spend a couple hundred dollars or more on a home safe, though. And stashing your cash in the mattress sounds a little bit trite: isn’t that where a thief would first look? With that in mind, we set out to find some creative places to hide your cash, in addition to the old mattress standby.
2. The Old Standby: Mattress
3. The Canned Cash
Keep in your pantry with the rest of your canned goods for easy access.
4. The Flower Bank
Bury a sack of cash in the soil, or use fake flowers.
5. The Book Bank
Cut a square in the center of the book to place your cash.
6. The Dough Drawer
Put cash in envelope and tape securely to side of the drawer. Or hide amongst your socks and underwear.
7. The Foxhole
Seal your cash in plastic, dig a hole and don’t forget to mark the spot.
8. Pay the Pipe
Fashion a faux pipe inside your garage and stash your valuables inside.
9. The Frozen Funds
Wrap your cash in plastic then wrap that in foil. Stick in freezer.
10. The Ivory Tickler
Hide envelope of case inside the piano.
11. The Dirty Money
Place sack of cash in space surrounding the vacuum bag.
12. The Floorboard
Pull up one end of a floor board with a hammer and place box of cash underneath people’s feet.
13. The Concealed Coin
Use a shower curtain rod, living room any curtain rod to hide your big bucks.
14. The Hollow Leg
Hollow out one or all the table’s legs and stuff cash inside.