The 14 Best Places To Hide Cash

If you’re like most people, you keep your money in the bank (or several banks). But you may also want keep a little stash at home, so that it’s easily accessible in case of an emergency.

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

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3. The Canned Cash

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Keep in your pantry with the rest of your canned goods for easy access.

4. The Flower Bank

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Bury a sack of cash in the soil, or use fake flowers.

5. The Book Bank

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Cut a square in the center of the book to place your cash.

6. The Dough Drawer

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Put cash in envelope and tape securely to side of the drawer. Or hide amongst your socks and underwear.

7. The Foxhole

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Seal your cash in plastic, dig a hole and don’t forget to mark the spot.

8. Pay the Pipe

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Fashion a faux pipe inside your garage and stash your valuables inside.

9. The Frozen Funds

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Wrap your cash in plastic then wrap that in foil. Stick in freezer.

10. The Ivory Tickler

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Hide envelope of case inside the piano.

11. The Dirty Money

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Place sack of cash in space surrounding the vacuum bag.

12. The Floorboard

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Pull up one end of a floor board with a hammer and place box of cash underneath people’s feet.

13. The Concealed Coin

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Use a shower curtain rod, living room any curtain rod to hide your big bucks.

14. The Hollow Leg

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Hollow out one or all the table’s legs and stuff cash inside.

15. The Fish Food

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Seal up your cash so it’s watertight and bury it under the rocks at the bottom on the fish tank.

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