We all know that sometimes money gets lost. A lot of the time what we don’t think about is the fact that we actually lose a lot of it in our own homes. Money has a way of growing legs and walking off sometimes. We’ve all heard the running jokes about checking the couch cushions, but the truth is? Our homes can eat a lot of our money if we’re not careful and I don’t mean in the cost of our utilities. Have you ever really stopped to think about it? How much money has your couch truly eaten? How much has the dryer eaten? My guess? A decent amount.
I know. A lot of people think that a few cents or dollars aren’t really worth the effort, but the simple truth is that while finding hidden cash in your home might not pay off your debt, but it may just pay for next week’s gallon of milk or loaf of bread. It can be a great way to help your kids save money or to save a few cents more for your next vacation. When you’ve got a savings goal in mind, every little cent is worth putting in a jar or a savings account.
Places in Your Home to Find Hidden Cash
One fun way to collect all of the hidden cash in your home is to make it a game with the kids. Have them search for the cash they can find then either let them add it all to their piggy bank or split it with them. Just be sure that they only look in safe areas so that they don’t get hurt or worse. When Emma and I go on a spare change hunt, she gets to keep 75% of the change and 25% of any dollar bills that she finds. She then has to split that amount in a buy/save/spend piggy bank. It sounds crazy, but it’s actually a lot of fun! Who wouldn’t want to find extra money just lying around?
Lint isn’t the only thing that gets trapped in your dryer vent. Coins can slip between the cracks and be lost forever. When you clean your dryer vent, try sticking your hand in the vent for extra change. Just be prepared to find more lint too. If you don’t want to stick your hands around in your vents, you can always pick up a dryer vent cleaning kit.
Another place to find hidden cash is in your heater vents. These areas tend to be forgotten with the hustle and bustle of life, but coins are sure to slip through the cracks of heater vents especially those that are on the floor. Understand that you’ll also likely pull toys, Cheerios and other gunk out with your coins.
You may have found $5.00 at the bottom of your purse that you totally forgot about (I totally found $11 the other day. I may or may not have danced a jig.), but what about old handbags that you’ve stored away. When you buy a new purse, sometimes you’re so excited to switch over that you forget to check every nook and cranny of your old purse for that hidden treasure. Go back through your old purses making sure to search every pocket. By the way, when you’re done searching those handbags for extra cash? Why not send them to be consigned and get even more cash from them? They’re not doing anyone any good sitting in a box or tote.
How many times do we shove something into a junk drawer and forget about it? Whether it’s an unexpected guest or lack of time, those junk drawers fill up with all kinds of things including money. Search your junk drawers for spare change you may have shoved in there along with other “junk” that you may be missing too.
Change can easily get dropped on the floor and swept under the bed. As you take a pair of pants off or lay your purse down, money can be hidden and lost until you do a little bed digging to find it. The next time you’re cleaning your bedroom, make sure to get under the bed. You never know, you might find a few bucks.
You see people searching for spare change in the couch cushions, and although you know to do this, how often does it actually happen? Take your couch apart. Look in the cushions, in the sides, and in every nook and cranny. Couches are money hoarders and you’d be surprised just how much hidden cash you can find in it. Last time we looked? We found over $40.00 in change and dollar bills. It had only been a month or so since we cleaned it! It’s crazy how quickly your couch can eat things!
We all check the dirty laundry for spare change, but how many times have you checked your pants pockets in your dresser drawer? Cash can get stuck to a butt pocket in the wash and not fall out saving it for you to find later. Check those pockets in your drawers for hidden dollar bills. You may have even wore a pair of pants for a couple hours shoved some cash in your pockets then took your pants off and threw them back in your drawer. Whatever the reason, it’s a great idea to search your clean clothes too. We call it the Money Fairy when we find money in our clothes.
Coats like to hoard things just like couches do. You would be surprised how much money you can find in all the coats in your house. As the seasons change so drastically, you may wear your coat one day and then not wear it again for a few weeks forgetting about some hidden change you put in them so make sure you go through the pockets at least once at the end of each season. You never know what you’ll find!
Whether its by you, your kids or your significant other, money and change sometimes gets dropped either on the dresser or in it. As your dresser gets piled with clothes, jewelry or mail from the week, that hidden money can sneak behind the dresser or even under it. The next time you’re vacuuming your bedroom floor or making your bed, pull your dressers away from the wall and check both behind and under them.
Have you ever been bringing groceries in and laid something down only to forget where you put it? Later on you go to look for it and find it in the fridge or a cabinet? The top of your fridge (or even in it if you’re me) can hide money that you’ve laid down and then forgotten. The next time you go to grab something to eat, check it out and see if yours is hiding a few cents in hidden cash too!
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