People hide money for many reasons. Some do not trust banks. Others hide it from pilfering kids, husbands (or boyfriends) who raid the coffers to buy beer, or name your favorite reason to hide money.
Authorities tell people to have extra cash on hand for emergencies such as a hurricane or earthquake when the electric goes out and the ATMs do not work and you need to buy bread or gas.
Of course, you need to hide it where you can find it and access it quickly but keep it hidden from other prying eyes and to keep it safe from thieves, fire, or other disasters.
Permanent fixtures of the house afford the best places to stash that cash. These include fake drain or duct pipes, a hollow in a curtain rod, pillar, post, or inside cement blocks while building the house or remodeling. Be sure to keep a diagram of the spot in a safe place so you do not knock down the house looking for it.
You can hollow out the top of a door and hide some loot from the kids there. Also, put it in an envelope and tape it to a bottom or back of a drawer, underneath a shelf, or other secret place.
Most people never look in a clothes hamper so that is a good place as long as only you do the wash.
Hide money in an old purse stashed away in the back of a little used closet. Stuff it in with an artificial plant, or between the backing and the mat of a picture frame.
Not so good places
Hiding money under bags of cement in the cellar makes it fireproof but someone starting a new project might find it.
Under the liners of shoes is a clever place to keep a few extra bucks, but what if someone decides it is time to give those old clodhoppers to a charity drive? The same goes for sewing money into the liners of coats or making fake pockets in the liner of a dress.
Inside the cloth cover of a vacuum cleaner bag sounds good but the kids might make a mess and the babysitter decides the bag is too full. She pulls it out and discovers the money and you find your kids alone when you get back.
Hollow books work well if your friends do not read. Pick a book that no one is likely to look at such as a book about statistics or another boring subject.
Iffy places to hide money include stuffed toys or inside pillows. Imagine your generous little girl giving her teddy bear to her best friend or someone deciding it is time for new pillows.
Grandma always kept the egg money in old-fashioned places like the sugar bowl or the cookie jar. It worked for her but a burglar may look in these hideaways first.
Do not keep money in things that someone is likely to toss out during cleaning. Some people keep money hidden in an envelope, a cereal box, or a can emptied and used as a bank. Be careful because you might throw them out only to realize it later, sparking a frantic search of the local dump.
Other bad places include burying the money in the yard. Many people do this and forget exactly where it is, lose their memory or even die before retrieving it. Thieves often look under mattresses so the old joke about a mattress full of money is not so funny.
Never leave your money in the ceiling tiles. Police say this is where people hide drugs and burglars will investigate any disturbed looking place on the ceiling.
There are many clever places to hide money and you have probably thought of some that are not included in this article. Some of the not so good or bad places might work perfectly in your case. The main thing is to keep it safe and the number one rule: remember where you hid it!
Hiding money at home