How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

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How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by AnonEmous » Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:16 pm

Did a quick search and did not find anything about this. How are people organzing their cash they have allocated in their bags?

I have a snack-sized ziplock bag (just the right size for US bills) with the cash in a side compartment. A laminated slip of paper divides some of the denominations. The bills include $20, $10, $5, and $1 and are arranged in order. I also include a small note inside the ziplock which lists the various denominations and the total. This provides a quick check without having to take the time to count it. If I should actually need the bag, I will not want to spend time counting my cash.

Why the organization? Well, I figured if I am ever in a situation with the bag and need to pay for something, it is better to reach into a pocket and pull out a specific amout rather than disclose how much I have with me.

The way it is organized, I can pull cash out by feel rather than by needing to look through it. I have generally used this approach when in third world countries (or even in Europe for that matter). No need to highlight to the person you were bargaining with how much money you had once the haggling is over. I may post a few pictures If I get the opportunity.

What other ways are people organizing their money (cash, bills, change, foreign currency?)
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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by by-the-throat » Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:35 pm

I use my old wallet. Switched out my wallet at about the same time I stocked my BOB and I just stuck my old wallet in one of the outside pockets. I keep about 100$ in there in twenties and a hodgepodge of 5s and 1s. I also keep my spare ID in there.

I guess I should take some h20 countermeasures...maybe just put the wallet in a ziploc.
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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by none1 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:28 am

I'm not nearly that organized as to how / where the cash is at.

Couple thoughts though ....

1) 72 hour bug out bag, makes me want to have at least 72 hours worth of hotel cash.
fire, chem spill, hurricane, whatever, you bugged out, are at the hotel at 2:00 am and you're hungry ....
2) CHANGE FTW in the food dispenser at the hotel ..... so change IS in my BOB, but, if I end up walking cross country, I might ditch it.
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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by Bouncer » Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:31 am

Very good Question by the OP. I carry $150 in dollar coins, a fair mix of new pres coins, sacagewia coins, and older susan b's, and $78.75 in quarters. very easy to carry, go to any gas station or grocery store and get a large tube of M&M minis, after eating all the candy(the best part) it can hold 75 coins of either quarters or the dollar coins almost perfectly. The reason for dollar coins is in the event of an economic collapse coinage tends to hold value a little longer than paper money. and the quarters for those very few pay phones out there that will give you access to land line service when cell towers are full or out and electricity is gone... I guess I could drop a few dollars from one of the tubes and throw in some quarters, to lighten up my pack from 3 tubes of coins to only 2, but there already there so they will stay. Hope this is helpful!
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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by Jamie » Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:00 am

I've updated my BOB cash supply as follows:

40 quarters
9 crisp $1s
6 crisp $20s
3 crisp $100s

for a total of $439

I use multiples of 3 because there are 3 of us...

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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by AnonEmous » Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:42 am

Bouncer wrote:Very good Question by the OP. I carry $150 in dollar coins, a fair mix of new pres coins, sacagewia coins, and older susan b's, and $78.75 in quarters. very easy to carry, go to any gas station or grocery store and get a large tube of M&M minis, after eating all the candy(the best part) it can hold 75 coins of either quarters or the dollar coins almost perfectly.
Funny, I bought some steeply discounted M&M mini tubes after Halloween and tried to keep batteries in it. Since they were not very suitable for batteries, I have put it aside. Years ago I used those vitamin C tablet tubes to keep change and it makes sense to do that again, particularly for those increasingly rare public phones.

Bouncer, have you ever had any problems with people accepting the dollar coins? Years ago I heard the Susan B. Anthony coins were not very popular because people thought they were too similar to quarters.
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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by geoffreys7 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:27 am

9 crisp $1s
6 crisp $20s
3 crisp $100s
I did that too in the begining, then I realized when I went shopping a new crisp bill received more attention then a crinkled used one. Many stores really inspect new crisp 20's and 100's for counterfits and is the SHTF I don't want to worry about my bill being refused for that reason so I switched to more used bills in my BOB and my "emergency cash" section in my wallet.

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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by Jamie » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:47 am

geoffreys7 wrote:
9 crisp $1s
6 crisp $20s
3 crisp $100s
I did that too in the begining, then I realized when I went shopping a new crisp bill received more attention then a crinkled used one. Many stores really inspect new crisp 20's and 100's for counterfits and is the SHTF I don't want to worry about my bill being refused for that reason so I switched to more used bills in my BOB and my "emergency cash" section in my wallet.
They're not mint, just not creased...I mostly want the $1 bills to be functional in vending machines, and for the other bills to lay flat.

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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by ForgeCorvus » Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:34 pm

I carry £5 worth of 20p's and a quids worth of 10p's in my EDC bag, they're both in fold top cash-bags as the banks use over here.

If I could afford to carry a quantity of paper money I'd have them in 'Dealer folds', which is four notes (if they're twenties) or nine notes (with tenners and fivers) laid flat with one more note of the same denomination folded in half and wrapped around the outside.
That way you know that each fold is a ton (or £50 if they're fivers), it helps that UK notes are different sizes and colours but I'd of thought this would work with greenbacks

I'd have them in a zip-top pencil case to keep the worst of the crap off them, water damage is not a problem with modern banknotes as they're designed to withstand accidental encounters with washing machines.

You can iron banknotes to make them flat so auto-tellers and other machines are happier to take them

If you're going to have a wad, split it into a couple of stashes in different places in your bag...... If a BG sticks a shotgun up your nose he might be happy with just the first lump of cash he finds
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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by WhoShotJR » Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:02 pm

I have mine in a traveler's security wallet with my passport and a high limit credit card. In a bug out situation it gets hidden on my body. I want the ability to bug out of the country if necessary, and enough cash to be completely self sufficient for at least two weeks (hotel, food, clothes, etc).

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Post by RickOShea » Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:10 pm

AnonEmous wrote:Why the organization? Well, I figured if I am ever in a situation with the bag and need to pay for something, it is better to reach into a pocket and pull out a specific amout rather than disclose how much I have with me.

The way it is organized, I can pull cash out by feel rather than by needing to look through it. I have generally used this approach when in third world countries (or even in Europe for that matter). No need to highlight to the person you were bargaining with how much money you had once the haggling is over.
Beyond actually putting some cash-&-coins in my BOB, I hadn't put much more thought into it.

But you've given me something to think about. Good topic. 8-)
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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by carbean » Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:23 pm

Jamie wrote:I've updated my BOB cash supply as follows:

40 quarters
9 crisp $1s
6 crisp $20s
3 crisp $100s

for a total of $439

I use multiples of 3 because there are 3 of us...

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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by Qasim » Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:29 pm

BOB cash:

Amount is based on three nights stay in a hotel, (or three nights in three hotels, marching towards the BOL) if needed, plus extras.

Total amount varies, but lots of $20s and $1s. In a disaster, making change might be an issue, so I always try to clear out $1s and put them in the BOB. Ditto with quarters, but not worried about other coin denominations bc of the weight.

location: BOB has its own wallet w/ two compartments. 1st compartment is a 20 and some 1s (throw cash) The zippered compartment has most of the $20s.

There may or may not be another stash of $20s elsewhere in the BOB. I mean, how could you tell from looking at it?

Waterproofing has been mentioned. Cash is not a priority for waterproofing (other parts are, like radios). With respect to previous posters, is everyone aware that US "paper" money is actually cloth? (75% cotton 25% linen) http://www.moneyfactory.gov/faqlibrary.html

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Post by sarky » Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:57 pm

Bouncer wrote:Very good Question by the OP. I carry $150 in dollar coins, a fair mix of new pres coins, sacagewia coins, and older susan b's, and $78.75 in quarters. very easy to carry, go to any gas station or grocery store and get a large tube of M&M minis, after eating all the candy(the best part) it can hold 75 coins of either quarters or the dollar coins almost perfectly. The reason for dollar coins is in the event of an economic collapse coinage tends to hold value a little longer than paper money. and the quarters for those very few pay phones out there that will give you access to land line service when cell towers are full or out and electricity is gone... I guess I could drop a few dollars from one of the tubes and throw in some quarters, to lighten up my pack from 3 tubes of coins to only 2, but there already there so they will stay. Hope this is helpful!
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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by Bouncer » Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:39 pm

As far as the first question, I have had to dip into my coin reserve once or twice to be replentished shortly there after. Mostly I get weird looks, or comments that they haven't ever seen that many gold dollars When I count them out. I have never had anyone flat refuse to accept them though. As far as the second comment I would rather have a chunk of pot metal that can be used for other pourposes or melted down compaired to a piece of paper that doesent burn and can't be used for anything other than butt wipe when either loose all monetary value.
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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by none1 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:17 am

What are these "pay phones" that use coins that you all are talking about?
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Post by tool133 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:58 am

none1 wrote:What are these "pay phones" that use coins that you all are talking about?
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Post by 2now » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:14 am

I carry about $250 in old bills in my old wallet with an old ID
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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by DeadCanadian » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:05 am

I may adopt the OP's system in addition to having a few hidden places. Beyond the BOB I am trying to get a quality leather money belt to carry larger bills, this would be the hotel/motel cash another poster spoke about. So far I have only found money belts in the $75 to $100 price range and that seems to be a lot for a small addition onto a $20 leather belt. Of course, each bill or sets of bills would have its own 2"x3" plastic bag to protect it from getting wet and to prevent the belt looking lumpy.

In general small bills are best for local stores as it saves you from leaving a $50 for a bottle of water (so to speak) because the clerk can't make change; but large bills are best for hotels due to the greater amount needed and the bulk of smaller bills.

In Canada $1 and $2 "bills" are coins here so, apart from weight, it is easy to have a lot of $2 add up to be a big amount while still looking like pocket change. We are also getting $50 and $100 plastic bills soon, I'll test the waterproofness of a $50 but not a $100 lol.

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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by tedbeau » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:54 pm

Good input everyone. I havn't added cash to my GHB's and BOB yet but it is on my list of things to be done. I had planned on putting change in so I could use vending machines if available. I like the idea of splitting the cash into two or more stashes. In a situation where your up against more than one mugger it might be better to give them the lesser stash and hope that satisfies them. If it doesn't it may buy you time as they count it, to draw your EDC to defend the rest of your BOB.

The idea of dividing the bills in the ziplock to allow blind retreival is also a good idea.

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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by Maverick299 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:11 pm

Does anyone besides me keep 1 ounce silver coins and bars on hand? In the event of a major SHTF situation the dollar value is likely to collapse and I feel a little better about having some precious metals on hand that could be used to bargain for gas or supplies. Just something to think about to supplement the cash that is already kept in your BOB's.
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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by colinz » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:15 pm

A few dollars in an old wallet. We have plastic 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar ntoes, so I'm not too worried about them getting wet/dirty. Just as long as they don't get oven'ed or microwaved.

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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by Tperkins » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:17 pm

I dont really keep any cash IN by BOB, but I (had) $300 in 1's, 10's, and 20's in a firebox in my room next to my BOB, along with a sealed bankroll of quarters. Something came up and I needed the money, but as soon as my paypal funds clear this Friday it'll be reestablished.

I also keep a sealed bankroll of quarters in my truck, and I always have about $20 in singles and fives on me that isnt spending money, it's for in case I need it. I use my debit card for purchases (yes, debit, not credit :D ). I'd like to someday get it up to about $500 or so but I'm just short on cash latley.
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Re: How are you organizing cash in your Bug Out Bag?

Post by AnonEmous » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:25 pm

Maverick299 wrote:Does anyone besides me keep 1 ounce silver coins and bars on hand?... Just something to think about to supplement the cash that is already kept in your BOB's.
Do you also have hard currency in addition to the precious metals?
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