10 Places to Find Lost Money at Home

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There are a lot of places to look for coins when you are walking about outside. When there is a need to quickly find a few dollars, however, you may want to search in your house instead. Money sometimes gets stored for a later date and accidentally forgotten about. Other times, it simply gets misplaced. Whatever the cause, here are a few places to look around your house where you might find some extra money that you didn’t realize that you had:


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 Coats

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!

Sock Drawer

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.

Couch Cushions

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.

Washing Machine

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.

Are there other places around the house where you often find money that you had misplaced or forgotten about?

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11 Responses to 10 Places to Find Lost Money at Home

  1. Call me a micromanager, but at least it’s only on myself. I NEVER* leave money in my clothes pocket without taking it out by the end of the day. I NEVER* leave it in a coat pocket. Guess who does the laundry? me. I KEEP what I find in the machines and it’s not from my own wallet.

    *Almost Never ~ it happens maybe 2 or 3 times a year I leave money somewhere like described in the article.

  2. Karyn S says:

    I would add in chester drawers and closets.

  3. Fernando R says:

    Its always nice to find unexpected money laying around. Clothing and furniture are the common spots for money to hide out. I think that the place that money can be found and will cheer you up the most is inside of a textbook. Right when you are getting ready for that stressful final exam and finding a 20 dollar bill should motivate you to study!

  4. Jenkins J says:

    I found a $100.00 bill in a bible at a motel we stayed in now we race to check it every time

  5. Gailete says:

    Any money found in the washer becomes mine as a tip for doing other’s clothes! I rarely have cash around, but my husband had several cash payments last week so we have had cash laying around till I could go to the bank. Later I found $1 on the office floor which I must have dropped, but for the most part I know where my cash is and how much. And of course, the one time I had cash money for groceries, I left it in an unlocked car yesterday at the grocery store. Thankfully when I hit the register and realized I had left it in the car, no one had found it :)

    I’ve heard of broke people doing a thorough cleaning and found up to $800! How can someone forget that much money is beyond me.

  6. joe says:

    i have alot of money in clothing(jackets,pockets), also inbetween the couches.

  7. Kate says:

    Also I would put look in bags and purses or really anything at op shops or second hand stores. You’d be surprised at how many people will leave change or notes in the secret pockets of a bag or forget that they left a 20 in the book they donated!

  8. SARAH says:

    Thanks, I need all of the money I can get, I’m saving up for a really nice camera!

  9. lillian says:

    I once found 4000 dollars in an envelope and nobody came to get in the next four days so I got to keep it

  10. Susan says:

    I couldn’t find any money anywhere in these places­čśĽ

  11. Namya Mickell says:

    This didnt help at alllike I thought it was going to

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