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Dad's Hidey Hole

March 22nd, 2006 at 06:07 pm

I keep running across the idea of having a little secret cash tucked away in the house, in the sugar bowl or whatever. The experts say to have it for emergency preparedness, in case of a hurricane or the bird flu. It was mentioned in the book "How to hide money from your husband," as something wives have done for generations, partly to protect themselves if husbands leave or die. Generally, it seems to be a way of protecting against some dire emergency. A good thing to have, but not a very happy thing, and about as exciting to save for as a root canal. So I haven't done anything about it.

Well, I finally remembered that my dad kept a little something hidden away, and it was a much more cheerful affair. It was his Hidey Hole. I asked my mother about it recently, and even she never knew where the hiding place was! I'm sure my parents relied on it for little emergencies, unbeknownst to me. But it was also used for treats and unexpected opportunities. If the ice cream truck was coming, Dad might go into the bedroom, shut the door, and retrieve ice cream money from the Hidey Hole. If I had the chance to go somewhere that I couldn't afford on my allowance, I might be handed some money from the Hidey Hole. I have the feeling it was Hidey Hole money he took to rummage sales in case there was a deal too good to pass up. For years, he got a kick out of using an electric frying pan he'd bought for a quarter. Wink In other words, it was a fund for the unexpected, whether good or bad.

I think there's enough extra cash coming in right now that I can start my own Hidey Hole. Just calling it that gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling. And deciding it can also be used for fun things has made it a much more attractive idea, too. Current balance $40; where it is--not telling! Wink

7 Responses to “Dad's Hidey Hole”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    That is cute. In the really old days, mamas would keep their spare cash in an old teapot or cookie jar. There was never much money left, never enough for a bank account. There was a tv show and a book about a young struggling family from sweden, called I remember Mama! They kept their money in a box they called the "little bank".

  2. Anonymous Says:

    We have a Hidey Hole! It's theoretically for emergencies, but we end up defining "emergency" pretty loosely sometimes.

  3. contrary1 Says:

    Thanks for some great memories of my Dad......... He too, had extra money, several little "pots" of money. Even his wallet had a secret compartment, with BIG money in that part. Big to us at least......
    He kept his other stash of cash in his work clothes closet, which had a work clothes smell to it. Boots, big heavy jackets, the works. To this day, when I smell that damp canvas of work coats, I think of dad & his generous hand with the money he stashed in that closet!

  4. baselle Says:

    Just like my tip box at work...and mom's lingerie drawer.

  5. Fern Says:

    My grandparents had a "hidey hole" in the house Grandpa built, in the basement, hidden behind a loose cinder block in the wall. You really couldn't tell it was loose.

    Grandma showed me where the place was, just in case. I don't remember the secret stash coming up after Grandpa died and we moved Grandma to a retiremement community closer to where we live. I can only hope she remembered to take the money with her!!

  6. jeffrey Says:

    It's amazing how little things like that can bring back so many wonderful memories.

  7. This is a wonderful wealth of information. Good Luck! Says:

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