How to Hide Money in Your Yard

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Hide your money in the security of your own yard.
Hide your money in the security of your own yard. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

If you want to stash some cash but don't want to go with the traditional route and keep it in the bank, consider hiding it in your yard. Perhaps you don't want others handling your hard-earned money, or you just want to have it close at hand, then hiding it in your yard may be the best option for you. Whether you bury it in the ground or in the soil of a potted plant, your money will be secure in the privacy of your own yard.

Things You'll Need

  • Zip-top plastic bags
  • Air tight canister
  • Duct tape (optional)
  • Shovel
  • Sod or grass seed (optional)
  • Potted plant

Bury it in the Ground

Place your money in a zip-top plastic bag. Before sealing the bag, press it flat to let any air escape and zip the top of it closed.

Set the money-filled zip-top bag inside an airtight canister. If you'd like to further seal the canister, wrap duct tape around it.

Dig a hole in your yard. Choose an inconspicuous spot and one that won't be dug up before you are ready to remove your savings. For example, don't choose a spot near a septic tank, a drainage pipe, lines for an underground sprinkler system or someplace that you may dig in the future to install a pool or any other outdoor equipment.

Place the canister in the hole. Replace the earth that was dug up to create the hole on top of the canister. If you've chosen a grass covered spot, cover the soil with sod or seed to replace the grass.

Potted Plant Bank

Select a potted plant in your yard to bury your money in. Choose a pot that has a deep enough base to completely cover your money.

Place your money in a zip-top bag. Prior to sealing the bag, press it down to release any air that may have built up inside. Zip the top shut and roll up the bag.

Dig a hole in the soil in the pot. Use a hand held shovel to dig a hole that is deep enough to completely cover the money.

Place the bag of money in the hole. Cover the hole with the soil that was removed when digging the hole. Make sure the bag is completely covered.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you opt to hide your money in the ground, create a map -- or otherwise record your hiding place -- to tell you the location where it is buried -- this will help you avoid possibly forgetting where exactly you hid it. Leave the information with other important papers where it will be found if something happens to you and you cannot retrieve it yourself.

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