Free Cash Waiting Just For You
I have often found myself searching for a few coins because I did not have enough cash to cover the shopping that I needed for the day. When you find yourself short on cash, you are usually guaranteed to find a dollar or two in small change under the cushions of your sofa.
We all know that the sofa is the place to find coins that have fallen out of our pockets, but there are a few other places where we might find small change or even a couple of notes.
Money is everywhere; you just need to know where to look. Below, you'll find the most reliable and dependable places to find loose change and stray bills.
Top 10 Places to Find Money Around the Home
If you're just a bit short of cash and need a carton of milk or a loaf of bread, doing a thorough search around your home will probably unearth enough to cover the cost.
Here are the places to look:
- Pockets. Check all coat and pants pockets for places you might have shoved change.
- Purses. You'll often find loose change rattling around in the bottom of a bag or hidden in the zippered compartments.
- Drawers. Sometimes you'll find money that has fallen out of pockets when clothes have been put away.
- Shopping bags. If you're in a rush, sometimes you might put the change into the bag rather than into your pocket or wallet.
- Behind furniture. Nine times out of ten you will find some loose change that has fallen behind sofas, bureaus, and other items of furniture.
- Washing machines and tumble dryers are like piggy banks; look in the lint trap and behind the rubber fitted on the door.
- Piggy banks. If you have children, don't forget to check the places where the might squirrel away their coins. You can pay them back later!
- Inside the sofa or chairs. I know it has already been mentioned, but it still goes on the list.
- Under the bed. Loose change inevitably rolls out of our pockets and ends up under the bed.
- Wherever you keep your keys. When you pull keys out of your pocket, you might also pull out some change.
Top 10 Places to Find Cash Outside
I can never understand why people throw money away, and yet it happens all the time. They get a penny change, leave the shop, and drop it on the ground. When I go shopping, I always keep one eye on the ground and pick those pennies up when I see them.
Going out shopping or just out for a walk with the dog can sometimes prove to be quite lucrative. Here's where to look:
- Outside shops.
- Bus stops. When people get onto the bus, coins often fall out of their pockets.
- Shopping carts. Especially in those that are rented. People can't be bothered to take the cart back and leave money in the abandoned cart.
- Drive-thru windows. McDonalds, KFC, and other drive-through fast food places are gold mines. Because the exchange of money happens through the window, quite often some change falls out of hands onto the road and it is just left there for the taking.
- Auto tellers and ATMs. People can be very forgetful and often leave cash in bank machines. I have found hundreds of dollars left by absent-minded fools.
- Self service checkouts. Another place where absent-minded people forget change.
- Swimming pools or gyms. Wherever they have coin-operated lockers, you'll find coins left behind.
- Ice cream truck stops. When the truck moves on, you will often find change left behind.
- Parks. Cash often falls out of pockets as people cycle, jog, or stroll around the park.
- Car parks and parking lots. When people pull their car keys out of their pockets or bags, they often inadvertently pull money out, too.
10 Unusual Places to Find Money
People sometimes put cash in strange places and then forget all about it. I often wonder how much money some people have that they afford to lose so much.
- Cigarette packs. If I see a cigarette pack laying on the ground, I always kick it open. I have often found cash hiding inside discarded packs.
- With receipts. Always take a second look when you see a shopping receipt laying on the ground. I have found bills hiding inside folded-up receipts.
- Scratch cards. I never waste money buying scratch cards, but one day when I was tidying up my garden, I found a card in the weeds. It was a winner and I was $25.00 richer that day.
- Under bushes or trees. In the summertime, people sit under trees and bushes to get some shade from the hot sun and cash falls out of pockets unnoticed. On windy days, bills often find themselves blown into trees and bushes just waiting for you to come along and collect them.
- Park benches. I often find cash that has fallen out of pockets beneath benches.
- At the circus or carnival. After a traveling fun fair leaves town, take a wander around the lot where it was. Loose change often collects under rides that have people spinning upside down.
- Your car. Just like the sofa, the car seats are a treasure trove. You might also find small change in the ashtray, cup holder, or other compartments.
- Phone booths. It happens less since we all started using cell phones, but you can often find loose change in the coin return slot of a pay phone or on the shelf where people have put down their things to make a call. (Don't tell anyone that I told you this, but when I was younger, I used to kick the outside of the phone box and every time, money would fall through to the coin slot).
- Toll booths. Take care with this one because there can be nasty accidents but if you ever walk on the road approaching a toll booth, keep an eye on the ground. Drivers often have their toll ready with hands outstretched and often drop it. I wouldn't risk getting out of my car if that happened and many other drivers feel the same way.
- Petrol station pumps. When people pay for their fuel, they have a strange habit of dropping coins on the ground.
10 Easy Places to Find Coins
With eagle eyes, you will definitely go home a little richer.
- Slot machines. There is easy money to be found around places where people gamble. You will always find something that has been left behind.
- Fun fairs and theme parks. People constantly put their hands in their pockets to pay for things, so keep an eye on the ground for easy pickings.
- Under the bleachers of the football ground or basketball course; especially just after a game.
- Vending machines. People often pick out their candy or drink and forget to take their change.
- On the subway. People are always dropping cash as they queue up to buy tickets or board the train. They're often in such a rush they don't stop to pick it up.
- At the theatre. Coins roll out of pockets and it is often too dark for people to see where they went. If you wait until the lights come back on, you will usually find a few bucks.
- Outdoor markets or swap meets. People are exchanging cash and juggling bags.
- The beach. When the beach quietens down in the evening, look along the line where most people were sunbathing and you will often find money and other items, including jewelry.
- Gutters. When people get into and out of their cars, change rolls out of their pockets and collects in the gutter.
- Near parking meters. Coins roll away and people are too busy or confused to chase them.
10 Most Popular Places to Hide Money
I have been guilty of this a few times: I hide a stash somewhere in the house and completely forget about it. It isn't usually much—maybe $10 or $20 to help me out near the end of the month, before my next paycheck.
- In picture frames. A lot of us hide cash inside picture frames to keep it safe from spending until we need it.
- In hollow curtain poles. This is one of my favorite hiding places and the first place I look when I need cash.
- Inside a bag in the freezer. I once put $20 in the freezer and forgot all about it. My wife found it one day when she was defrosting, so I lost that one.
- Inside pillow cases or under the mattress. We've all heard stories of folks who don't trust banks so they stash their life savings in the mattress. Just try to remember it is there!
- Inside a hollow bedstead. Take the knob off and hide your stash of cash inside.
- Under clocks or heavy ornaments. Make sure that your partner will not be dusting or polishing them soon or that could be another loss for you.
- Inside shoes that you only wear on certain occasions such as weddings or funerals. I once lost $100 that I had hidden inside my shoes to save for an anniversary gift for my wife. My wife got there before me.
- The disk drive on the computer. This is my second favorite hiding place. Everyone in my family has their own computer, so no one ever goes near mine.
- Battery compartments. I used to put cash into the battery compartment of my cell phone, but with phones becoming slimmer these days, it is difficult to fit it in now.
- Behind the bath panel. I sometimes take off the bath panel and stick some money in there. I hope that my wife never reads this because she hasn't found that money... yet.
Bonus tip: When I was growing up, my mother always used to tell me that she hid money where she knew I would never ever find it, under the bar of soap in the bathroom.
Although we all need money to survive, we are very careless with it. Even if we can't afford to lose it, people lose cash every day.
I never feel guilty when I find some because if it wasn't me, it would be someone else. The person who lost it won't get it back no matter who picks it up.
If it is a wallet or bag that you find, you should do the right thing and return it to the owner if there is a way to trace them.
I have lost a few bucks from stupidity in the past, and I probably will again. I hope that if you find it that you need it more than I do and wish you luck.
Drew Agravante from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on July 15, 2020:
Going to try this. *grins*. Thanks for the article!
Zhanyl Chorobekova from Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain on April 25, 2020:
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this! I will ask my family to read it as well!
Calvin from Malaysia on February 02, 2020:
Very good and interesting article.
Dominique Cantin-Meaney from Montreal, Canada on December 21, 2019:
This is a good article. Some things that I don't think of, but are true. Thanks for sharing.
Renata Barton from New York, NY on November 10, 2019:
This article will always be relevant. Yesterday, I found $20 in a purse which I haven't used in awhile. lol
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on September 29, 2019:
Very interesting and informative.
Farrah Young from Lagos, Nigeria on September 18, 2019:
I have found money at the bus stop before and it came at a time i needed it the most.
Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on July 20, 2019:
If I wasn't so damn poor I would like to save all I find in a jar, lol. Logically if you find 1 cent a day that's $3.65 enough for a meal, gallon of gas. 2 cents a day $7.30 and finding 3 cents a day would be $10.95. After 4 cents it starts getting interesting :)
nigel chingome on August 31, 2018:
the best way to find money is in an arcade
I have found lots of coins in the arcade like
2 50p coins
best way to check is under each machine
Isaiah Smith on July 03, 2018:
if you go to Schlitterbahn wear goggles. People often drop money in the water.
toddionya jones on May 14, 2018:
i found money.....from my mom
Matt brunard on November 22, 2017:
I read this on my phone on the way to school so I ran up town and found £2 coin under vending machine
Kork memem on August 06, 2017:
i found money
my boss gave it to me
Anouchka on July 30, 2017:
today (july 30th 2017) i found 1.80$ in my moms old purse(i asked to search threw it) imagine what i can find i other bags! thanks!!!!
Alwayshuntingforit on March 03, 2017:
I hunt @ drive thru windows, shopping parking lots, strip clubs and bars.
Best find? $300.00 outside a bar and grill
austin on February 03, 2017:
u should check old gift cards when u have time I once found one in a park with 1oo$ on it
hails06 on October 30, 2016:
hi Jimmy, i was just wondering what country the coins are from they look awesome?
DollaBillsYall on October 22, 2016:
I once was in a bank parking lot and this thing was blowing in the road, it looked like a leaf but I was sure so I got out of my car and it was a $100 bill!
Needsmoney06 on July 18, 2016:
I found 10$ in the gas station and my mom took it away to buy herself some lottery tickets and that was months ago and she still hasn't paid me back
William Hand on June 27, 2016:
I once found a twenty in an atm
Annie111 on June 22, 2016:
Don't most people grocery shopping with pay cards?
Johnnyboysoycoy on May 25, 2016:
Ive found lots or money in my life. Once while at work went into the bathroom on break and boom in the stall laid a checkbook with 450 dollars in it. In hollywood last year i found a wallet on the ground with 1000 cash in it! And i am always finding money since i was a kid. Always keep your eyes peeled and on the ground. I estimate to have found at the least 4,300 dollars in my life and im only 21!
helios on March 31, 2016:
this is really helpful. i normally hide my money in glass containers underground
angi on June 19, 2015:
Another great place is the pay for air and water pumps when you're tires need air. I'm always finding notes there. Usually whatever direction the wind was blowing up against the trees or fences or curbs. I estimate I've made at least $150 in a few months time! People searching for change for the air machine let the notes lay loosely in their laps or under a leg then promptly hop out of the car and whoosh their goes the cash!
TripleAMom from Florida on April 20, 2015:
Love this. I am always looking for change on the ground. I'm not usually very lucky, but I try :) Thanks for new ideas :)
Jacobb9205 on February 17, 2015:
Great ways to find money, I actually found 5p inside a draw the other day lol nothing really but eh moneys money lol
eric on January 24, 2015:
once at the parking lot outside of advance auto parts i found a closed envolope with $150 in there it was dripping rain too i got it before it was ruined never hurts to look.
Dave on January 11, 2015:
I used to work in a gym/leisure centre, and each night I would check the lockers which required £1 each to use. Each night I'd get at least £1. Half the time £2 or £3. My record was £6. I worked most days as it happened. I'd estimate I made £1000 in a year.
Nash on January 04, 2015:
That's an ineoginus way of thinking about it.
Bones on November 10, 2014:
I recently found a Canadian quarter with the olympic rings on it and it said Vancouver 2o10. I pressed the coin return button on an arcade machine and
so it came out.
Michael Roque on October 25, 2014:
I found a $50 bill in the hallway at work.
diaconu3004 on September 22, 2014:
my friend today found 50 Euro....i'm so envy....
Cassandra Mopes on July 16, 2014:
Once I was looking down at the grocery store and right before I was going to leave I found $100 on the floor!!!
jenah ganong on August 24, 2013:
i like this article
Elias Zanetti from Athens, Greece on July 22, 2013:
It's a great feeling when you find money, especially outdoor! I'm not that lucky though. it should once or maybe twice that I found money on the street but I'm certainly forgetful as i usually find money in pockets, vases and so on. Nice hub!
Donna Kristine from Atlanta, GA on July 21, 2013:
This article is great. I will be looking in some unfamiliar places for money. I always pick up pennies off of the ground.
Katee Shew from Canada on July 19, 2013:
I absolutely adore this article. Before reading this I thought I was the only one who picked up old scratch tickets! (Although I must admit I am not as lucky or as resourceful as you!)
Maggie Bennett from New York on July 19, 2013:
My friend once found ten dollars in Manhattan and then gave in to a Homeless guy. When she got off her train in NJ she found $100 in the parking lot. She always felt it was God's way of thanking her for her generosity earlier.
Great hub and some good tips. I learned a few things.
rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 18, 2013:
Great article! When I was a child, my mom asked me and my sister to go to the corner store to pick something up for her. On the way home, we found a $20 bill rolled up and stuck in a tree on the boulevard. You really do find money in the strangest places! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 18, 2013:
I almost did not have time to finish this as I wanted to go search in all of the places I had missed!! I love it when I find money in a purse I am no longer using....it is like finding gold! Thanks for sharing this...Angels are on the way...voted up++++ and shared ps
KT Banks from Texas on July 17, 2013:
With a title like this, I couldn't resit reading it. Saying you are resourceful is an understatement! I want all three of my sons to read this. Voted Up and more!
James Paterson (author) from Scotland on July 16, 2013:
I love finding money Suzie, and it does usually happen when I need it most. I have been very lucky in that way.....james
suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on July 16, 2013:
Great Hub, Jimmy. I once found a $100 bill in a grocery store parking lot. Yay! It made my day...