It can generally go without saying that money is an incredibly important part of life. Because of how important money is, it is imperative that you know how to keep your money safe.
This includes practicing safe buying habits, of course, but this also means putting your money in a safe place when you are at home. There are a few different ways that you can do this, depending on what kind of money you need to hide away.
Knowing the Best Places to Hide Your Money
When it comes to making sure that your money can’t be found easily, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind. First things first, you will want to make sure that your money isn’t anywhere inherently obvious.
If you have a safe in your bedroom, there’s a good chance that a burglar would assume that there is money in the safe and would attempt to take the safe.
This means that you are going to want to think about innocuous and unsuspecting places to hide your money. For some people, this might mean doing some DIY crafts to make something that looks normal, but is actually a container.
Other people might be more comfortable simply finding a nook in the house where the money can go, such as under a piece of furniture. Just remember that you won’t want to choose anywhere that is incredibly common, such as underneath the mattress.
Finding the Perfect Places for Your Cash
More often than not, the best places for your cash to go is going to be underneath, inside, and behind the furniture in your house. Furniture is not always easy to move, and most people aren’t going to have the patience to quite literally move every single piece of furniture just to look for some cash.
In addition to this, there are often enough places to hide the cash on a single piece of furniture that as long as it isn’t obvious there is something there, you will be perfectly fine hiding your cash there.
For instance, you could consider hiding some cash underneath a drawer. The way this would work is that you would take an index card (or a similar piece of thick, tough paper) and tape it to the bottom of the drawer.
The pieces of tape should be parallel to each other, creating a makeshift pocket. With this new pocket, you can store a few bills safely and easily, without anyone suspecting anything.
This is just one example of how one piece of furniture can become the perfect storage for emergency cash. There are plenty of other pieces of furniture that can be used in a similar way.
Storing Cash in the Bedroom
Chances are that you have a clock in your bedroom, or another piece of wall décor. While the exact method you use may vary depending on the wall décor you are hiding your cash behind, the general idea is going to be the same.
First things first, you are going to want to fold up the bill. For clocks, you will want to fold the bill into eighths, whereas for other pieces of wall art, you are going to want to use your best judgement.
From here, you can simply place the folded-up bill into the battery area. There’s a good chance that any other piece of wall art is going to have a space where you can either tape the bill or simply hide it.
Another area of the bedroom where you can store bills is underneath the lamp. Do keep in mind that this doesn’t work as well for lamps that can be easily tipped over, so you will want to do this with the heavier lamps in your room.
As you might be able to imagine, all you have to do is simply lift the lamp up and place the bill underneath it. Depending on whether or not you are doing this with a table lamp or a floor lamp, you may need to fold the bill up once or twice to make sure that it can’t be seen.
Finally, there is the idea of placing the money inside of the wall. There’s a pretty good chance that you have at least one outlet or light switch in your room, or even just a cable TV outlet that you have no use for anymore.
You will generally want to fold the bill up before you do this, depending on what the other side of your wall looks like.
For this, you are going to want to unscrew the cover of the light switch, outlet, or wherever you are hiding your cash. Next, you will want to find a piece of cardboard or something similar to act as a base to ensure the money doesn’t fall down and become lost forever.
Now you can place the money inside the wall, screw the cover back to where it should be, and nobody will even think twice about searching your wall for money.
Storing Cash in the Bathroom
Not many people are going to go looking for cash in the bathroom, especially depending on where you store it, so this is another good area where you can keep your valuables safe.
One idea is to find (or purchase) an opaque pill bottle of something that nobody is going to want to use. You could use a supplement bottle, medicine that nobody in the house needs, and if you don’t have children, you can use children’s medicine bottles.
Of course, you will want to dump the majority of the pills out of the bottle, leaving only a few to give the bottle a classic rattling noise. This noise will enforce the idea that this bottle only holds pills, on the off-chance that someone becomes curious.
From here, you will simply want to place the bills into the bottle, close the lid, and put the bottle with the rest of your medicine in the cabinet. Just remember that if you live with someone, make sure that they don’t toss the bottle out by mistake.
A similar idea could be to store your medicine in a small medicine box. Likewise, you are going to want to choose something that nobody in your house is going to mistakenly open, thinking that it is just medicine.
If you want to make sure that a roommate or family member doesn’t throw the box out, you can leave some of the medicine in the box to make it sound full. Here, you just put the bills in and put the box away.
These are two ways that you can store a few expensive bills in your bathroom without anyone being the wiser. The main thing you will want to be cautious of is making sure that nobody throws out these boxes or pill bottles by mistake, leaving you with a complete loss.
Storing Cash on You
If you want to make sure that you can keep the cash on you, but also have it hidden so that there is no chance of it being stolen, there are a few ways that you can get the job done.
Chances are that you wear shoes with some sort of insole in them. Whether they are boots, sneakers, loafers, or any other kind of shoe of this sort, you will want to make sure that they have some sort of insole that you can remove.
With that being said, you will want to remove the insole of the shoe and gauge how much space you will have to work with. Storing too much money in your shoe can be uncomfortable if you walk for long periods of time.
Here, you will want to put whatever amount of money you are comfortable with inside the shoe. You can even store a card here if you have enough space.
Generally, any flat object will work if you have any other valuables you would prefer to keep with you, but hidden. Now you can replace the insole and nobody will be the wiser that you have some emergency funds on you.
Another way that you can store some money on yourself is by using a pen. This trick might be a little bit tough to get working at first, simply because some pens are built differently and are not necessarily made to store a few bills, but once you find a pen that works, you will be ready to go.
First things first, you will want to open up the pen and take out the tube of ink inside. Carefully, you should roll the bill around that tube of ink, making sure that you don’t alter the spring mechanism in any way. After all, you will want to have a working pen when this is done.
Next, you will want to put the tube of ink back into the pen where it belongs and close up the pen.
If everything worked out well, your pen should work as it normally does without any indication that there is something inside of it. As long as you don’t lend this pen to anyone, and you don’t forget that you stored some cash in it, you will have an easily portable way to bring cash with you, without making it obvious to everyone around you.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and over 10 years of experience working in IT. As a homeowner, I love working on projects around the house, and as a father, I love investigating various ways to keep my family safe (whether or not this involves tech). I’ve also played guitar for almost 20 years and love writing music, although it’s hard to find the time these days.
Thursday 24th of March 2022
I disagree with the medicine chest suggestion. It seems that many (if not most) housebreakers are looking for drugs.
Wednesday 30th of March 2022
You make a good point, as there's money to be made by stealing medication as well.