Updated on 04.28.16

Twenty Places To Hide Money At Home Besides Under Your Mattress

Trent Hamm

Recently, I posted a discussion about why I keep a small amount of cash at home under the figurative mattress for major emergencies. One of the controversies with that article (which was discussed on Lifehacker, among other places) was the idea of actually storing cash under your mattress.

So, to alleviate those fears, I sent out a call to a large number of contacts asking where they would keep money at home besides under the mattress and compiled the sensible responses into a list of twenty places where you can store your money besides under the mattress.

Why would you store it somewhere else? In the event of a burglary, under the mattress is one of the first places burglars look for cash, so by finding another place to store it, you’re drastically reducing the likelihood of having your emergency cash stash found or stolen.

My recommendation is to choose one of these hiding places and place your cash there rather than actually under your mattress. I’ll even go so far as to say that I actually use one of these twenty myself.

Effective Places to Hide Money

1. In an envelope taped to the bottom of a kitchen shelf

2. In a watertight plastic bottle or jar in the tank on the back of your toilet

3. In an envelope at the bottom of your child’s toybox

4. In a plastic baggie in the freezer

5. Inside of an old sock in the bottom of your sock drawer

6. In an empty aspirin bottle in the bathroom (bundled up with a rubber band around it)

7. In the pocket of a particular shirt in your closet

8. In a “random” folder in your filing cabinet

9. In an envelope taped to the bottom of your cat’s litter box

10. In an envelope taped to the back of a wall decoration

11. In between several pages in a random book or two on your bookshelf

12. Buried in a jar in the back yard (my grandfather, incidentally, did this very thing)

13. In an envelope in the glove compartment of your car

14. Underneath a potted plant (or even buried in a small jar in the soil)

15. In an envelope taped to the bottom of a dresser drawer (so you can reach it from the
inside of the dresser below it)

16. Inside of a big coffee cup in the back of a cupboard

17. Inside your Christmas decoration box

18. Inside of an empty bottle of Guinness in the back of the fridge with the cap seemingly in place (smash it to get the cash)

19. In a plastic baggie inside of a flour or coffee container

20. In an envelope inside of a DVD case

Get even more creative with these diversion safes.

Good luck!

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  1. Harm says:

    Then, of course, you have to remember where you
    put it…..or even that you HAVE cash hidden.
    Don’t laugh, people DO forget.

  2. Jamie says:

    Funny you mentioned Lifehacker. I’d hide mine in something like this: http://lifehacker.com/software/security/diy-soupcan-safe-227284.php

  3. Laura says:

    Most of these are good suggestions, but I did a double take when I got to number 13. (Figures, #13 is always bad luck!) Are you kidding me? Leave all your savings in the glove compartment of your car – the first place a thief would look for valuables? And in your car, a place that’s fairly easy to break into, when you think about it? Are you NUTS? Maybe I’m just paranoid because I’ve had my car broken into twice in the past 3 years, but I would never in a million years do this and could not possibly urge you strongly enough to avoid leaving anything valuable in your car.

  4. Corey says:

    A much better approach is a fire-proof safe bolted to the floor/wall or inside a wall. Or, for something that doesn’t require a combination, http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/gadgets/wall-outlet-safe-173835.php a fake wall outlet that can be pulled out. These solutions protect you and your family from burglars. Sometimes you need to realize that burglars know people hide money, and they will flip open every drawer in your house just to find an extra $20, a credit card, or identification.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I think I like number 18 the best. Knowing I’d have to smash the bottle to get the cash out would make me less likely to use it for non-emergency “emergencies”. (Be sure to smash it in a paper bag though, so as not to harm anyone!)

  6. Interesting… Many of these places are prime spots for small quantities of controlled substances as well. That’s what Criminal Investigation in law school teaches you. :)

  7. Mike says:

    How about a safe?

    I think EVERYONE should have a safe that’s bolted down to store checkbooks, passports, credit cards, car titles, insurance documents, etc.

    If for no other reason, it can be used to protect items from fires.

  8. Jim Lippard says:

    Rep. William Jefferson (D-Louisiana) is an advocate of method 4, but substituting aluminum foil for the plastic baggie.

  9. Dan says:

    A lot of the places listed would be the first place I would think of looking, and I’m not even a thief! I watch the Discovery show “To catch a theif” and the first thing they install in homes is a personal safe for important documents. So I agree with Mike on the safe – there are plenty of personal safes at amazon.com for $40 and up – and remember to back up your computer data and keep a copy in there!! How much are years of family pictures worth to you? More than the money, I’d bet!

  10. s says:

    Some of these are pretty bad ideas. For example, #20. Don’t burglars routinely take all of your DVDs? All you’re doing is giving them a nice surprise.

    Also, “envelope taped to the back of X” is so cliche, that the sock drawer, toilet tank, kitchen cupboard, are laughable. Didn’t they store a gun in a toilet tank in the Godfather?

  11. Great ideas. I just hope a burglar never reads your site…

  12. Rory says:

    Maaannn! Now I have to find new hiding places…

  13. Trent Hamm Trent says:

    There are drawbacks and advantages to any hiding place. Just remember that a burglar only has a limited amount of time to invest in ransacking your place.

  14. Austin says:

    I keep my stash, uh…I mean emergency cash in an envelope taped to the back of the water heater. I also have a hollowed out smoke detector at the other end of the hallway from the real one. For larger items, in water-proof case, keep them under the dishwasher behind the panel that gives you access to the connections.
    A college friend once taped valuables to the back of his mini fridge(by the coil), though it caught on fire after he left the door open and it ran all day.

  15. Jorge Camoes says:

    Well, just frame the money and put it on display in your living room. They will never find it there…

  16. Kate says:

    Funny this article should come up just now. Recently I read an article online wherein a former burglar discussed search methods used by thieves. His overall statement was that a thief will keep looking for valuables as long as he feels safe doing so. In the process, he will likely trash your house. If you make it hard for a thief to find your valuables, you can expect an unholy mess to be made of your home should you ever be burgled.

    He suggested leaving a respectable pile of cash somewhere obvious, as in – in plain view. $50-100 would make it just worthwhile enough for a burglar to cut and run if there were any risk of detection. This is especially true because cash is lightweight and untraceable, as compared with other items that might be a lot more valuable, but more risky or complicated to deal with.

    The same article also featured an item designed to foil burglars. A pair of men’s y-front underwear with a prominent (but fake) brown skid mark down the crotch and up the back, with a secret panel pocket to hide cash or small jewels. It was recommended that you keep it lying on the floor in the laundry area or the bathroom. (Not the one guests use, presumably!) The former burglar agreed that he would’ve cut a wide swath around such an item.

    Seems like a good frugal person could easily replicate such an item. Worth a try, I’d say.

  17. Michelle says:

    I pity the thief who tries to find an envelope tucked into a book in my house. He’ll be drawing Social Security before he finds the right one.

    No system is guaranteed, but if your hiding spot is good enough the 99% of thieves who are in a hurry won’t find it. The other 1% — the ones who aren’t in a hurry? I’d be more worried about what happens if they are still in the house when I get home than about a few bucks in cash.

  18. Phoenix says:

    My mother used to put emergency cash in the china cabinet. She’d leave $5, $10, $20, and occasionally $50 bills under and between the plates. It was a great motivator for my sister and I to do a thorough job on the spring cleaning and wipe each plate, as we got to keep half of whatever we found :)

  19. Tyler says:

    My great grandma tells a story about when her father’s grocery store was robbed and he ran and hid the money in the back of the toilet.

  20. Walt Bakes says:

    I have a “go bag” with flashlight, raingear, $100 in bills and $20 in quarters, and some other items that would be useful in an evacuation, or even a stay at home emgergency. It’s in a cheap backpack hanging in my office closet, which I consider to be a relatively secure place.

  21. Deepa R says:

    Another safe place- between layers of clothes folded in the cupboard. Fold the clothes( or the item of clothing in which you’ve kept ‘The Envelope’) in such a way that ‘The Envelope’ hidden inside won’t fall out easily, in case some burglar is reading this .

  22. Nate says:

    Some good ideas. However, I wouldn’t recommend #20. DVDs go missing, are borrowed by friends (without double checking the contents of the case, and without permission), and as another poster mentioned, probably not safe from theft. You fill find yourself missing the cash – and the DVD at the same time.

    #18 wouldn’t work for me either. The first thing my buddies do when they come over is grab a beer from the fridge.

  23. Hayley says:

    I think that the safe is a really good idea espicially in a wall or behind a picture, but the bad thing about that is so many people watch movies where the money or the valuables are kept and thats not a good idea. Also the might try to steal your artwork if it is behind that.

    I’m not too fond about ones with envelopes. Those just doesn’t seem to good to me.

  24. p. says:

    Robbers know all these secrets. If they are looking for cash, they will ransack your home. They know about the special cans, the taped envelopes. It’s not uncommon that they turn everything out, throwing books on the floor, turning over drawers and leafing through clothing just to find your cash. In fact it’s a bad idea to keep cash, period. I have to agree with Corey. The safest place is in a hidden wall or floorboard.

    I like the skidmark idea too.

  25. chris says:

    My grandmother Buried in a jar in the back yard a lot of money. My dad sold her house in less in a month after she died. I had assumed everyone knew about the buried money but I was wrong. I wish I had told my dad. Now it sits in a yard of another person and I live in California and the money is in Illinois. Does anyone have any ideas how I can get to it? I feel really bad because I promised my grandmother I would get it so she should not worry.


  26. Jacob says:

    I think a good place would be somewhere up in the attic. I’m in Texas, so going up in the attic means suffering great heat 8 months out of the year, which would keep you from grabbing it frivolously, and in all the “It Takes a Thief”s I’ve seen, he’s never gone digging through the attic. My parents attic is a pretty big and dark place, so I can only imagine that as long as you put it in something metal or plastic (to prevent vermin from chewing on it), it would be easy to put it somewhere hard to guess but easy to know.

  27. JS says:

    Just be aware it can be very easy to forget about your money stash and accidentally throw it away during spring cleaning or sell it to some lucky person for a quarter at a garage sale. I’ve come very close to doing this twice.

  28. Amanda B. says:

    I think I’ll keep mine attaches to a small container on my dogs collar. If you want to face down a 120+ pound Great Dane for $100, you deserve to have it. It’ll put a dent in the ER bill.

  29. Kathy says:

    Two places I have used: in the back of a clock, and inside a vacuum sweeper bag (just unzip).

  30. vh says:

    I keep negotiable instruments (not cash–hardly ever use the stuff) inside a tampon box. Jewelry is stashed inside book safes–remaindered hardbacks with a pocket carved out of the pages–purchased from Barnes & Noble.

    To deflect burglars from searching under the bathroom sink and rifling through the hundreds of books on the shelves, I also have a book of checks from a defunct checking account prominently displayed in my desk’s top drawer. A small, oft-raided amount coins & bills (the next burglar won’t be the first sleaze seeking to rip me off) is “hidden” in a decorative covered sugar bowl on the file cabinet. I hope the burglar will take these, the ancient television, & the decrepit computer and think he’s found what he came for.

    If I could afford a safe and the services of a guy with the right tools to bolt it down, I’d sure rather have that than these makeshift schemes. Have told my grown son three times about the book safes, one of which holds a $3,000 necklace given to me by his father, but he doesn’t seem to remember. When I die, presumably some used book dealer will find a pleasant surprise….that is, if the kid doesn’t just throw all the books in the trash.

  31. wildeyes says:

    As someone who was unlucky enough to be privy to the thoughts of people who think like thieves, I feel I have to add my comments here. You can tell the people you asked aren’t criminals!

    1. In an envelope taped to the bottom of a kitchen shelf
    kitchen heats up, tape fails, envelope falls

    2. In a watertight plastic bottle or jar in the tank on the back of your toilet
    they will find it here

    3. In an envelope at the bottom of your child’s toybox
    this is probably ok most of the time

    4. In a plastic baggie in the freezer
    LOL! If the mattress is the 1st place they look, this is the second!

    5. Inside of an old sock in the bottom of your sock drawer
    they will find it here

    6. In an empty aspirin bottle in the bathroom (bundled up with a rubber band around it)
    kidding, right? Like they’re not going to clean out the medicine cabinet?

    7. In the pocket of a particular shirt in your closet
    they will find it here

    8. In a “random” folder in your filing cabinet
    might be ok if you have a lot of files

    9. In an envelope taped to the bottom of your cat’s litter box
    might work but money will stink

    10. In an envelope taped to the back of a wall decoration
    they will find it here

    11. In between several pages in a random book or two on your bookshelf
    they will find it here

    12. Buried in a jar in the back yard (my grandfather, incidentally, did this very thing)
    probably the best idea here, other than the safe

    13. In an envelope in the glove compartment of your car
    another joke, right?

    14. Underneath a potted plant (or even buried in a small jar in the soil)
    they will find it here

    15. In an envelope taped to the bottom of a dresser drawer (so you can reach it from the inside of the dresser below it)
    they will find it here

    16. Inside of a big coffee cup in the back of a cupboard
    they will find it here

    17. Inside your Christmas decoration box
    in the attic – yes, in the hall closet – no

    18. Inside of an empty bottle of Guinness in the back of the fridge with the cap seemingly in place (smash it to get the cash)
    they’ll look here right after they check the freezer

    19. In a plastic baggie inside of a flour or coffee container
    this might make it

    20. In an envelope inside of a DVD case
    as noted above, they usually try to take all the DVDs

    And a safe is worthless if not bolted down. They will carry it off. Also, how accessible are the working end of the bolts?

    Also bad ideas: in the oven, in a shoebox, in your luggage, that backpack hanging in the closet could very well be used to haul off your DVD collection.

    You can make the freezer work if you freeze it into a large block of colored water marked soup or stew or something credible. Just hope they’re not hungry!

  32. Kristi says:

    The best place is to pick a room that seems like it doesn’t store valuables such as a laundry room, then if you have central heat/air, take the vent out of the floor, get some heavy-duty duct tape (so it doesn’t fall off) and tape an envelope of money to the air duct, then put the vent back on. Periodically check it to make sure the duct tape is holding, especially when you’re running heat. You don’t want it falling off into your duct system. You can get more technical and actually screw in a small contraption that will hold it without blocking air flow, but I’ve found that good duct tape works fine.

  33. N'Awlins Kat says:

    Wildeyes, I did just about that with the freezer when I was in college, except mine was one of several tubs marked “spaghetti sauce”. Now, if I stuck something in my deep freeze, it would take a while to go through.

    Because we live in an evacuation prone area on the Gulf Coast (four times in 12 years of marriage, all on weekends, of course), I do keep anywhere from $200 to $500 in cash on hand, but don’t take huge pains to hide it anymore. I prefer to keep a handful of $100 Series I bonds that I can cash easily if I need to, and that are replacable if necessary (serial numbers stored off-site).

    I also used to store cash in an old mayonnaise jar that was painted off-white on the inside. Set on a shelf with other similar jars, it blended right in. A metal paint can on a shelf in the garage would work, too. Who’s going to go through half a dozen cans?

    One good hiding spot is the voids under cabinets, for example, kitchen and bathroom. In my house, there’s a gap of about 1″ between the top of the kickplate and the underside of the cabinet. More than large enough to slip something in. My dad had to replace the bottom of his cabinet under the kitchen sink after a water leak; when he did, he made it so the floor of the cabinet lifted up. There was quite a bit of space in there, (2’x 2’x 4″) but it did have the hassle of having to completely unload a double cabinet and maneuver the board around the garbage disposal and pipes. My folks hid their valuables in there whenever they went out of town.

    My parents have a large concrete and metal fire safe (weighs 5,000+ pounds; it’s not going anywhere), but my biggest concern with that would be home invaders. If someone holds a gun to your head, you’ll open the safe, no matter how secure it is. And the thing is huge; far too big to disguise as something else.

    After seeing so many of my friends lose everything two years ago, I realized there’s not much that I’m that attached to anymore, (that’s what insurance is for) but when I first got married, my husband travelled quite a bit. Money was a good deal tighter, and we had a few burglaries in our neighborhood (perps lived next door to me). I put out the word that getting in was easy, but getting out again could be fatal, and cultivated my reputation as “that crazy lady” and “Mrs. Glock.” The neighbors were VERY polite, and my house was never touched! ;)

  34. Lor says:

    I have learned a great deal. Have to add one more. A friend taped $2000 inside the fireplace for their vacation. Went to get it and remembered he made a fire and burned up the money.

  35. Thomas says:

    The best thing is to use a shotgun “spring gun.” Put the money in a closet you never go into. Put a piece of red tape on the door to remind you of this. Rig a sawed-off shotgun to blast anybody that opens the door through a wire attached to the knob and the trigger! Come get my money now you drugged out, drop out, loser!

  36. Margaret says:

    Thomas — most likely you will kill a member of your own family or a friend who does not know the warning, and even if you do get a robber, you will spend a lot of years in prison for manslaughter, at the least.

  37. Tom says:

    “Just be aware it can be very easy to forget about your money stash and accidentally throw it away during spring cleaning or sell it to some lucky person for a quarter at a garage sale. I’ve come very close to doing this twice.”

    My dad passed and we were packing his clothes to donate to Goodwill. I felt something hard in one of the socks. It was a credit card. ALWAYS check clothes before donating them.

  38. sam says:

    very helpful website, now i will go rob someone. just kidding. i would never do any of these. i always put my $20,000 in cash in my kids lunch box.
    its only like $20, but what ever.

  39. sam says:


  40. randeye says:

    I’ve always been an advocate of some random piece of land somewhere not in danger of being developed (your backyard or some other place), a GPS, and a hand-drawn map to cover the 30 feet that the GPS doesn’t.

    Another idea I’ve had would be to rip a 2X4,X6,X12, whatever, in half, then use a router or dremel to hollow out the middle, insert the stash, then loosely nail the board into place in the attic, basement, somewhere where there is exposed lumber. I estimate that you could stash over $75,000 in a 2X4 6 feet long with this method. You could even tell people about it, and, short of tearing your house apart board by board, you’d still be secure, unless you told the cops.

    I think I should also mention that if we convert to the Amero, you might find your stash terribly devalued and not worth the hassle it took to stash it in the first place. Four states have enacted voluntary programs to put RFID into driver’s licenses, they are already in most passports. They can be found in pets, and, can you believe that people are actually allowing their BABIES to be implanted under the guise of kidnapping protection???

    My point is that maybe burglars aren’t the only people you will be hiding your valuables and secrets from…Google this stuff, tell your friends, this is real, and it’s scary…

  41. randeye says:

    oh, yeah, a mason jar with a metal lid and a metal detector will ensure that you WILL be able to find your stash again…

  42. Anonymous says:

    I have found an innovative place to hide cash. I just keep a number of hundreds in my wallet, separate from the regular spending cash. Its always available if I need it quickly, and its as safe as my wallet is. But this is only for people confident they will not loose their wallet.

  43. paul says:

    I’ve got a few nice hidden money places…

    1.)(difficult might go through a couple of books)take a match, and melt the glue off the paper on the back(hardcover)cover of a book. put a sum of money in it, reglue the *very edge* (so as not to glue money) and put the book back

    2.) if you have one of those heavy duty flashlights(not clear)unscrew the bottom(battery area). there should be a coil, and underneath a cushion of sorts(where a spare bulb is stored). take both out. fold money into small square and place it in the now empty back. then put cushion in, and coil. then screw it back on.

    3.) if u know how to work w/ wood. take a desk or table, and cut out a piece of a leg(must be a certain length thick)(and not at a straight angle). you want to cut it sloping *up*. if u slope down it will fall out. now cut a small cavity out of the piece. fold the money to fit, and place piece back in.

  44. JD says:

    Where to hide stuff really depends on the individual house to such a great degree that most recommendations are fairly useless. For instance my parents’ house is so full of junk, they’ve lived there for 30 years and they never throw anything away. Every closet is filled with junk we never use, every corner of the house is filled with stuff. I can think of a billion places to hide an entire box of money in there that no one would ever find without rifling through a million other things first. My apartment is the complete opposite, I guess since I grew up in a house so filled with junk that I am the complete opposite. I keep my place spartan and throw out anything I don’t absolutely need. In my apartment the only safe place would be inside the walls or the floor, because even though its a fairly big 3-bedroom apartment it wouldn’t take long to search through everything given how little stuff I have. The only idea from above that I think would work for me is the DVD case, I have hundreds of DVDs and Xbox games so I guess I could put cash in a few of those. But the problem with that is its too easy for my own friends and visitors to mistakingly open it. The fake cans of Ajax or soup look like they’re a good idea but I think criminals know to check those. I can easily hide a fake can of Ajax under my kitchen sink with the rest of the cleaning products but my guess is a criminal would take the 2 seconds it takes to check it out.

    One interesting place I was just thinking of is inside of some large appliance or furniture. For instance my washing machine has a panel that opens from the back and there is a lot of empty space there. I doubt a criminal would pull the washing machine away from the wall and open the back up. Another place is maybe inside the mattress of the sofa-bed couch.

    And how about just hiding it in your freezer in some food box? Like take an empty box of frozen pizza or something, stuff it with some cash wrapped in plastic, and put it in the bottom of the freezer. Do you actually think a criminal will sit there and open up all the food boxes in your freezer? I have doubts about this one. My freezer is packed to the brim. The good thing about this is you won’t inadvertently sell it either like some people have mentioned when they put money in an appliance or hide it in the house and forget about it. The only problem is you might forget the cash is in there and throw the box out some day.

  45. Serenity says:

    In case of a fire, would a steel pipe melt?? or aluminum?? how about a hollow cement block used as a shelf bracket. could i put cash in a pipe and disguise it as a water heater pipe or a pipe that runds under my home? i live in a mobile home. i’ve been wondering what i can hide $ in when i get closer to retirement so the government won’t clean me out, or taxes, or nursing homes? can you hide $$ in a safety deposit box??

  46. P. J. says:

    What about the best “secure” places to hide your money? Like if your house burns down…Something like that.

  47. fiver says:

    What about in a ziplock bag underneath the trash bag in the garbage pail?

  48. JR says:

    best “secure” place to hide money? How about a pressure cooker with screw on lid? Down in cabinet with twenty other pots and pans. This would also be secure in case of fire.

  49. John says:

    Number 13 is probably the stupidest one on there, possibly because some idiot i don’t know got me 600 dollars richer.

  50. steve says:

    To chris whose grandmother buried the cash in her backyard, which property has since been purchased by another person and is not accessible to him:

    if it’s a lot of cash and it’s worth it to you,
    contact a lawyer and get advice. Think about this general approach:

    1) if you know exactly where it is buried, then you could get her probate decision (i’m presuming she left her money to her family) and contact the police in Illinois saying you left the $$ on the property and that it is yours. The lawyer could help with this. If other members in your family knew about it, have them sign an affidavit that what you are saying is true as well ( and are contacting the current owners to see if they will allow you to retrieve it. Provide them as detailed a description of the money/location as you have available to you.(give them all the relevant contact information. The fact that you know about the money/item and are notifying the police, plus providing a plausible story and a probate decision, backs you up if something weird happens in step 2.

    2) Contact the current owners, introduce yourself, tell them the entire story and ask them if it would be out of the question for you to come by next time you are in town and get the cash. What the heck, the worst they can do is say “no”.

    If they say “yes”, take it from there. bring the police report with you in case when you dig it up they start trying to claim it as their own. You may have to do some negotiation if you are messing up the lawn with a shovel–make it clear you will pay $x to reseed it/fix the lawn.

    Depending on the kind of people, they could be completely understanding. Or they could be very difficult. Only trying to at least contact them will tell.

    Depending on their response, you know whether they are going to be reasonable/friendly people to deal with. The story may appeal to their sense of decency and goodwill. If they are difficult, you could either drop it or escalate one level: Carrot and stick them: send a copy of the affidavit, and a letter stating that it is clearly the case that they are holding onto property that is not theirs; that you are fairly certain they do not really with to unlawfully retain someone else’s property; and that your lawyer has advised you that you may consider legal action. But that you are extremely reluctant to do so when simpler methods of settling this issue are available.

    You understand that it’s disruptive to have someone come on your property and as a token of appreciation for their cooperation you would like to compensate them for the disruption you are willing to share of portion of the value of the property with the, if you do actually find it.

    Bring a witness with you when you visit them.

    If they really are resistant, then unless it’s a LOT of cash it won’t be worth the hassle. People do get funny about their land and property.

    But it can’t hurt to try. Who knows what can happen?

  51. jac says:

    my grandfather buried ALOT of gold in earthen crocks during WWII (in france)… He wrote out detailed instructs on the whereabouts and folded them up to insert them inside of an emptied 35mm film cartridge. He clipped off a piece of the leader film and had it protruding the cartridge (making it look unused) and then re-inserted the cartridge into the original aluminum-screw-capped-canister… 30kgs of double-eagles, sovereigns, napoleans, swiss francs and a bit o’bullion, oh my… i’m for the #12 buried jar…

  52. jatabad says:

    I think most of these places are too obvious unless you have a cluttered house with too many options for a burgar. I would hide money and valuables in places like hollow curtain rods ends. You can shove some playdough etc donw far enough to keep the money from falling in too far and put the cap back on the end when done hiding. There are millions more places in your home like this, shower curtain rods, hollow stool legs, table legs, inside the back of a childrens battery operated stuffed animal. This is a good one, because how many theifs are going to go through a gazillion stuffed animals backs to see if there is a battery opening. I also use good old fashioned fake outlets.

  53. Tom says:

    I usually put the money in an envelope that I casually hide in the stack of unpaid bills :-)

  54. Rick says:

    The place i hide it is in my flashlight. I took out the batteries and rolled up my cash real tight. It works really well, original and simple.

  55. luvleftovers says:

    I have an antique with a secret drawer. this was very common in the old days so some burlars may know how to find it. Still, it’s only about $200 so I wouldn’t be broken hearted. Any more than that I would split it into several different places to reduce the chance of losing it all.

  56. louiebob says:

    What about hiding cash in a Bible? I would think that is the last place a thief would want to look. I also remember my Granny used to hide money in the hem of her curtains.

  57. Topper says:

    Methods I use:

    1) I use a soft flexible cloth purse just big enough for currency. Braid dental floss and create a tiny rope about 2′ long attached securely to the bag. Open light switch and slip bag between wall & light switch using an existing screw to hold dental floss for retrieval.

    2) Pick a fence post (not a corner one) that can be lifted straight up. Place tough plastic container that can easily withstand weight in the hole. Determine where post has to be cut to make it level with other posts and cut from the bottom. Excellent for storage of cash, etc. that requires infrequent access.

    3) Inside the tire of a inflatable wheelbarrow tire. A wheelbarrow you commonly use is best.

    4) Request a locksmith to make dummy keys to your home. Ones that resemble your lock but wont insert into it. Scratches on your lock indicate an attempt by someone to use one of these keys. Place these in hiding spots for thief to find. I have a horse that was abused so cannot be caught by others but runs to me. Real key is sewn inside her halter. It takes 2 keys to open my door, the keys are not hidden together.

    Hope this tips help someone.

  58. stefando says:

    Guys, where is the burglar looking to steal your money? inside the house of course.
    1) Hide your money outside. who will think you have hidden your money out of the house?
    Seal your money with a plasic bag to protect them from moisture or water, put them in a jar and open a whole on the outside wall of your house. put the jar inside and build the wall again. Only a fire could get those money away from you.

    2) Do you still want to hide the money inside the house? Find a place in your house where you don’t need the electricity mains, unscrew the electricity mains socket, cut all electricity calbes (if needed) and put your money in there. now screw the socket again and plug an iron there just to show the socket is being used.

    3) another method is to hide the money in the floor.
    remove a tile, open a hole and put your jar in that hole. then build the tile on the floor again in a way that doesn’t show it has been removed.

    in cases 1 and 3 I am talking about big amounts of money where you don’t want to have access regularly but want to keep the money there for years.

  59. Motorman4Life says:

    There are lots of places to hide money and other valuables. Consider that if a thief has enough time, they can search everywhere. But, there are many, many places no one would look unless they KNEW it was there.. some of those places have been mentioned, like behind an access panel on your fridge or dishwasher or microwave. Sometimes they are just one screw, sometimes they are 8 or more. If you can fashion a small galvanized steel box or paint a hide-a-key tin to match the “looks” of the area behind the panel, all the better.

    Inside curtain rods, in bicycle tires (between the tire and the intertube), in an envelope inside a box of blank envelopes, behind photos in frames, in an empty pill bottle in the bottom of a big bag of dogfood or a big bag of rock salt or kitty litter.. all good places.

    A fake water or gas pipe or conduit that looks legit but is actually false.. very hard to find. I used to keep cash in a small peanut tin up in the attic, under the insulation. I kept my Playboys there too! Pull up the corner of the carpet in a closet and put the cash in an envelope under the carpet, then tack it back down with staples or a few small tacks. Cut a thin 1/8th thick panel and cover it with contact paper to match a kitchen drawer and put the cash down in the empty drawer, put the false bottom on top, then put in a stop that prevents the drawer from being pulled out, then fill the drawer up with whatever. You could even supplement the false bottom with inlaid magnets to keep it from coming loose if the drawer was dumped out.

    Drop (unscrew) a light fixture and place the cash in the gap in the ceiling, then put the light back up.

    I like the idea of hiding several bogus house keys in the yard. My spare house key is duct taped to the bottom of MY NEIGHBOR’S gas meter.. 2 or 3 doors down!

  60. Niles Gibbs says:

    To everyone justifying hiding places because:
    * The thief won’t have the time
    * It’ll be inconvenient for the thief

    Hasn’t anyone seen “To Catch a Thief?”? A pro can can thoroughly ransack a huge home in 5-10 minutes. They’re not there to take it easy, they’re smashing and thrashing and grabbing anything light.

    They’re in and out while you run to the gas station for a quick fill up. And if you’re gone for longer than an hour, forget it, your stuff is bye bye.

    Get a safe and bolt it down!

    In fact, you’re probably better off never leaving home, and having tons of valuable stuff, just so a thief can’t possibly have the time to take everything. So invest all your cash in mountains of big screen TVs. ;)

  61. Michael Long says:

    As should be obvious, anyone with the time to do a semi-thorough search will find your stash. As such, you have several objectives:

    1) Keep them out. Security lights, lights on timers, radios on timers, and so on will help give the impression that the dwelling is occupied.

    2) Security cameras, labels, signs, all tell the thief that it might be better to look elsewhere.

    3) An alarm system AND service may not prevent a thief from doing a quick search, but it will be a QUICK search, as that buzzing alarm is telling him that his time is limited.

    4) Imped the thief. Safes, lock cabinets, lock closets, put anti-theft cables on TVs and computers and electronics, use quick-ties to bundle cords and cables.

    Nothing will stop a determined thief, but dealing with each problem cuts into his time clock.

  62. Patti says:

    I’ve read everyone’s ideas and opinions, and I generally agree that cash shouldn’t be in the house. But I also agree that cash is sometimes the safety blanket you rely on in emergencies. Consider this tidbit… hid it in plain site.

    If you have rolls of bills, tuck them inside an empty toilet paper roll and tape over the edges. The tape is meant to keep stuff out – not keep the money in. Then place the roll in the center of a much larger (and preferablly plastic) jar and ‘fill’ the jar with misc items… loose screws/nuts/bolts, leggos, etc. Put that jar up with several other similar collections of crap – and it’s hidden away in plain sight.

    True – thieves tossing the joint might stumble over your jar when they attempt to smash it – but then again, they may be too busy rummaging through books, outlets, and ceilint tiles.

  63. stefandem says:

    A safe is the worst place to hide any valuables.
    it’s an indication to the thief that everything is there.
    they can break the floor and pick the whole safe along with your valuables if they don’t have time to open it in your house.
    I could use an empty safe just to distract the thief and make him lose time by trying to open it or even hide some fake jewels inside just to make him think he found something really valuable.
    also, if you are away on a trip, make sure you lock all of the inside doors (rooms, toilets, kitchen etc) this will make thieves life a liiiiitle more difficult by losing some time.
    do not hide money in jars etc as a thief will search inside all of them. Hide fake money in jars.

  64. Steve-o says:

    Pretty much assume this:

    1) Everything in the house – EVERYTHING – gets stolen. Including the appliances, furniture, anything not nailed down.

    2) Everything which IS nailed down is then smashed with hammers, crowbars, you name it.

    3) Then the house is set on fire.

    Did your hiding place survive intact?

  65. jake-w says:

    Thease are all good spots but my fav spot is in the toilet paper roll holder.the tube should come apart. and you can easily put money in the spring.

  66. donovan says:

    I keep cash shrink wrapped in a fire box -(about 12″ x 4″ x 6″) under 6 inches of dirt
    in my crawl space (half my home’s floor plan has a basement-the other half is crawl space) If I needed to get to it,it would only take a minute and a burglar might not ever find it.

  67. eunice says:

    Well now i am totally depressed. Because you can’t trust banks anymore either. How many have shut there doors now ? I’m thinking the best idea so far is from the old days. A mason jar in the back yard. If your worried about forgetting where you buried it then put it under the edge of the house by a landmark.

  68. Matthew says:

    another good place is behind a mirror or picture frame in an envelope. (I put mine behind a poster and forgot aobut it for about 3 years)

  69. Matthew says:

    OR HAVE A PANIC ROOM AND KEEP IT IN THE FLOOR BOARDS (floor boards is another good idea)

  70. Rosydoodles says:

    If you’re going to use a fake socket then plug something into it – would a burglar really unplug it and then try and take it out? Probably not.

    And I’d also like to see them go through my books, I have thousands (literally) :P (though if I was on holiday then they would have time).

    My biggest fear for someone stealing stuff is a “friend”, someone you let into your house and they’re in one room while you’re making tea, going to the bathroom whatever…

  71. jorithg says:

    The police said I had my $1,700 just-cashed-paycheck money stuck in the best place possible for the situation: thieves broke into my car at night while I was making a quick visit by a friends home and I had put my money into a sealed envelope and stashed it in my glovebox. The contents of the glovebox were all over the front seat and in the floorboard…where we found my envelope intact. The jerks had smashed the back window in order to knock out the overhead light and not be seen when they unlocked and opened the front door, but it kept THEM from seeing something too!

  72. Amy says:

    Just some ideas:

    –In your garden, buried under the border (where you’ll never rototill.
    –In a windowbox, planted with lovely petunias.
    –Inside a hollowed-out fencepost.
    –Fake, hollow trim around a door.
    –In a photo album, between the pictures.
    –Behind a fake outdoor vent on your shed.
    –In a jar in a bag of fertilizer or potting soil.
    –In the handle of a plastic snow shovel.
    –Clean out a spent caulk tube well, insert valuables and keep in your caulk gun or with other tubes of caulk.
    –Behind pegboard in garage.
    –Behind insulation.
    –Inside legs of shelves of plastic garage shelves.
    –Inside a fake duct in the basement.


  73. sewingirl says:

    A quick FYI, money buried in the ground will get moldy after a while, you need to exchange the bills for new ones after 7 or 8 years depending on your climate.

  74. meg says:

    i think a good place is behind the picture in a photo frame or one could slightly undo the stitching of a stuffed animal, stick money in there,and sew it back up.

  75. Mike says:

    Best spot is something you don’t mention or tell anyone else about… And a lot of these places mentioned have been used in movies so I’m not so sure (ie Coyote Ugly, was in her freezer, all gone). There have been a few good ideas, but I don’t want to draw too much attention to the worthy ones.

  76. Veronica says:

    In the toybox? Yeah right. Your kid is going to have a bunch of new video games before you kow it from money he “found” or “earned” pulling weeds or whatever bad excuse he comes up with. Kids know what money does before they can complete sentences.

  77. Steve says:

    How bout put your money in the bank? In the bank its insured.

  78. Justina says:

    I think that number 15 is the best. I hid my money in the kitchen under one of the drawers and nobody found it. I put it into a plastic bag before I taped it so that my money wouldn’t get wet…..just in case.

  79. Andrea says:

    Hey! I do number 4. i put my money all the way in the back of the freezer and put a burrito on top of my stash. :)

  80. Cash Hoarder says:

    The best is what some people have said. Leave the theif worthless stuff to take. I like to leave out an old, dead laptop, a crappy guitar, fake checkbook, etc.
    The laptop alone will probably get them all excited and ready to leave pretty quick.

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