Have you ever done a load of laundry only to find spare change or dollar bills stuffed in the pockets of your jeans or sweatshirts? Or have you ever received change back at the store and stuck it in your pocket and then forgot all about it? If you’re trying to round-up spare money around your house, your clothing is one of the first places you should look.
Winter clothing is also a good place to look for “forgotten” money. Have you ever pulled out your winter clothing and found spare change in the pockets? Sometimes when you’re putting away clothes for the season, you forget to clean the pockets out. It’s a good idea to check the clothes before you put them away. You never know what you might find. You might luck out and find $20 hidden away in one of your coat pockets!
Some people like to hide their money in their sock drawer. It seems like an archaic place to hide money, but some old habits are hard to break. Of course, some people tend to shove a roll of money to the back of the drawer and then forget about it entirely. If you’re looking for the money you know you’ve hidden somewhere in your apartment, check the back of your drawer to see if you placed it there and then forgot about it.
Have you ever taken a cushion off your couch only to find a pile of very strange items underneath? If you spend a lot of time on your couch or other cushioned furniture, it’s likely that money (or other items) have unknowingly become lodged between or underneath the cushions. If you’re trying to track down all the spare change in your apartment, take off your couch cushions and see if any money is hiding in your couch.
You might not think the washing machine or dryer is a likely place to find forgotten money. However, if you have spare change or dollar bills hidden away in your clothing the money will most likely end up on the bottom of the washing machine. There are some people who just toss in and remove clothing from the washing machine or dryer without looking too closely at the interior of the machine. Also check under the machines as loose coins often find their way there as well.
Behind Picture Frames
One of the best places to hide money is behind picture frames. You might have once taped a $100 to the back or inside of a picture frame thinking it was a great hiding place. But more often than not, people tend to forget where they’ve hidden money, especially if it’s in an unusual place you don’t think about too much. After all, how many times do you move around pictures hanging on the wall or lining your bookshelf?
Underneath Furniture or Shelves
Just as money tends to become wedged between and underneath couch cushions, it also sometimes shows up underneath furniture. Check under your bed, couch, or heavy appliances such as refrigerators or washing machines to see if any spare change or loose bills are there. Additionally, some people also like to tape money underneath heavy furniture or on the underside of a shelf. Again, check to see if anything is taped there that you might have forgotten about.
If you own a car, you probably know that sometimes money happens to fall underneath the seats or show up in random places. Cleaning out your car to try to find “forgotten” money might end up leaving you with a small pile of unexpected coins or bills.
Side Tables or Coffee Tables
Some of us have a habit of tossing something down on a side table or coffee table and forgetting about it until a day or two later. If your side tables are cluttered, cleaning up the mess could definitely help you find forgotten change and bills. After all, how many times have you decided to clean out your pockets, purse, wallet, backpack, or shopping bag and tossed the contents onto the table to sort later? All the spare change that sits at the bottom of those bags will probably end up on your side table.
Purses, Shopping Bags, and Backpacks
Of course, one of the best places to look for “forgotten” money is at the bottom of your purse, shopping bag, wallet, or backpack. As some of you may know, sometimes spare change ends up at the bottom of a bag instead of in a wallet or change purse. Or sometimes money is shoved into a small section of a backpack and forgotten about. Going through and searching your bags might end up showing you just how often you leave change or bills hanging about.
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Are there other places around the house where you often find money that you had misplaced or forgotten about?