Introduction: Laptop Money Stash

Almost every laptop bought these days has an express card slot. unfortunately, this slot usually goes unused. If you laptop comes with a "dummy card" in the express card slot, you can use it to stash emergency money. Most dell laptops come with a plastic "dummy card" in the slot, which is perfect for the following instructable. I used a dell inspiron 6000/e1505 as my laptop.

Step 1: Fold the Money

Firstly, fold your money into a square/rectangle that will fit under your card. compare the folded bill to the space under it. the following fold should be fine for most cards. if not, fold your bill a different way and modify the next step accordingly.

for my dell dummy express card, i had to fold my Canadians 20$ in half 3 times. check in the pictures.

Step 2: Create the Envelope

once you have your bill folded and compared to your card, we need to make the envelope to hold it securely under the card. for this step, draw the attached template onto a sheet of paper, changing the lengths according to your folded bill. in my case, the rectangles of my template were 3.9 cm by 4.3 cm.

Step 3: Fold the Paper

Fold the paper into a rectangle. fold the two big rectangles together, then use the two smaller ones to close the edges. you should have an envelope, open on one side. both folds should be on the same side of the envelope, this will reduce the chances of the tape falling off in your computer (you will see in the next step).

Step 4: Install the Envelope

put paper bill into the envelope to see if it fits. Tape the envelope under the card, the side without the tape facing out. By taping the envelope onto the card this way, you eliminate the chances of the envelope falling apart. the final step is to slide the card into your computer, and voila!

I use this as a hold for emergency money incase i run out of cash at school. most people keep money someone in their cars, but since i don't own a car i keep my money in my laptop. also, you don't have to worry about losing the money, because no one will ever know that there is money in there unless you told someone.

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ElvenChild made it! (author)2010-12-26

I hate Dell i am in no way a fan boy I am just willing to pay the price for apple because they have what I deem to be quality products please tell me that I did not just start an argument cool project by the way

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sokamiwohali made it! (author)sokamiwohali2011-11-27

mac's are a ripoff for the price...my computer costed the same as a mac and i got 10x the power, and more options for the price. but i think that dell sucks too!

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mahinder made it! (author)2011-09-27


Great idea. Nowadays laptops costing below 200 dollars also have a slot for these SD memory cards.
However, I do not see any extensive use of the technique though. Not even to save your money from burglars( since the they would rob the laptop anyway).

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Stevie89 made it! (author)2010-06-30

Go Canada eh, except quebec :)

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B Chino made it! (author)2010-02-09

what hapes when some one steels the lap top

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Stevie89 made it! (author)Stevie892010-06-30

Was thinking the exact same thing.. your laptop and your money.

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stephenniall made it! (author)2009-12-25

yeah but if im a burgerler im going to walk in and steal that dell inspirion 1520 laptop and then find the money in it !!

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abadfart made it! (author)2009-02-05

dude don't buy a dell 3 out of 5 computers that showed up on my work bench were dells

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Crazy Pyro made it! (author)Crazy Pyro2009-09-06

That's because 4 out of 5 computers are dell.

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abadfart made it! (author)abadfart2009-09-07

ya but we got them with bad caps all the time and we used mostly hp and ibm

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jokickass made it! (author)2009-01-13

not a bad idea but on my laptop the battery is just a bit bigger than a bill so i just keep a 50$ and a 100$ bill under the battery might be a good idea for those who just a remote and no dummy or no slot at all :Þ

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berky93 made it! (author)2009-01-11

this is a great idea! my laptop comes with a remote control and it has a slot designated for it, but I never use the remote. it also came with a little space holder in case you dont want to use the remote, it would be perfect for holding cash.

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Thunderexpress made it! (author)2007-04-30

I ordered an ibook. I got it and I heard something rattling around in it. It turned on and worked fine. After about a week of owning it I tipped it on its side with the optical drive open. There was 15 cents stored inside of the opitcal drive.

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rptbandgeek1707 made it! (author)rptbandgeek17072008-10-30

Wow. LIke, 15 cents brand new?

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Cartuner55 made it! (author)Cartuner552008-06-04

HA!

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Bericender made it! (author)2008-07-18

lol great idea

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bluenightweasel made it! (author)2008-07-14

weird al?

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ninepound made it! (author)2007-04-01

Great. So now if my laptop gets stolen, I'm COMPLETELY screwed. Heh. Nice idea though.

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royalestel made it! (author)royalestel2007-04-02

That's exactly what I was thinking. Actually, reminds me of the mouse that fold up and stores in the extra card slot.

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cormac3050 made it! (author)cormac30502008-06-27

Eh?? where do you get them??

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sven007 made it! (author)sven0072007-04-01

think about it this way. if your laptop gets stolen, you have bigger things to worry about then 20$.

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trebuchet03 made it! (author)trebuchet032007-04-02

The phrase penny wise and dollar foolish comes to mind :P Especially considering I have had a laptop stolen.... locks only prevent thefts of opportunity - now if someone really wants something.... Luckily, I had theft insurance that covered it.

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sven007 made it! (author)sven0072007-04-05

It all depends on your state of mind. I keep my laptop in my bag, in my hands, or under my fingers in a school environment, so i have no fear of having my laptop stolen. I would have loved to have 20$ in my laptop last time i forgot my lunch and spent the last of my money on the bus. (and why pay the 75 cents service charge to use direct payment on an item costing me 5$? )

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trebuchet03 made it! (author)trebuchet032007-04-05

It all depends on your state of mind. I keep my laptop in my bag, in my hands, or under my fingers in a school environment, so i have no fear of having my laptop stolen.

As do/did I :P But that didn't stop someone from stealing the box out of the university mail room while it was waiting (behind the counter) for pickup to be serviced ;) Do they (mfrs) really need to make it blatant that there is a laptop in the box?

I carry my debit card with me in case I forget to bring cash with me :P

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!Andrew_Modder! made it! (author)!Andrew_Modder!2007-04-02

yeah, cool but not really practical. ( ppl would just steal your notebook w the money inside lol)

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gameking7 made it! (author)2007-04-14

Dell sucks

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cormac3050 made it! (author)cormac30502008-06-27

It most definitely does not!!

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ZachPosey made it! (author)2008-06-11

this wont work for me, my lappy came with a very small remote that hides in the card slot, so i dont have a dummy card *sad*

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Yerboogieman made it! (author)2008-04-01

for Americas hat, they're money is pretty kool lookin'

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nerdzilla made it! (author)2008-03-20

w00t! canada

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reedz made it! (author)2008-03-05

Good idea, I would do it but knowing my laptop...the cash would set fire.

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cul8r555 made it! (author)2008-03-02

Yah! Canada is the best!!!

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aiden120000 made it! (author)2007-07-28

i have the same laptop

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ryzellon made it! (author)2007-07-14

Huh. I was rather surprised at the nay-sayers here. I figure if you lay a laptop and a 20$ on the table, the 20$ far more likely to go missing--it's much easier to take, harder to trace and would get the thief in less trouble than the laptop. And it's not like 20$ or 40$ in the laptop is suddenly going to make it more likely to get stolen. So all-in-all, it's not a bad idea to leave a bit of safety cash in the computer.

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nathanbrown03 made it! (author)2007-04-13

it would seem that any way you cut it this guy would have been criticised by you people. its a neat idea but my laptop came with a remote to go in the express slot so it has storage rights... not to make that remote charge in the slot... i would never have to buy the coin batteries.. not that i have yet.. lol keep up the good work.

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sven007 made it! (author)sven0072007-04-13

Thank you Nathan. I have realized that not everyone will find what i made useful, but it's nice to know that at least some people find my ideas worth while. Thank you very much for your encouragement. Stephen

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sven007 made it! (author)2007-04-05

Well, in my case this mod works great, because as a student, i constantly have my computer in my bag, on my back, so the only way to have it stolen is by someone physically threating me to take it. if you own a car, and a laptop, you probably don't need to have a small money stash. for someone in an environment where they only take cash who doesn't carry more then 40$ on them, 20$ in a laptop comes in handy when you forget your lunch, and ran out of money the day before. This mod only works for people who really would find a use for it.

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vatosupreme made it! (author)2007-04-02

I'm gussing that this is actually used for stashing other things that you don't want your parents to find.

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skids927 made it! (author)2007-04-01

But thats in canadian dollars.

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evy-wevy made it! (author)evy-wevy2007-04-02

But Canadian money looks better! :D

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LittleMonkeyMojo made it! (author)2007-04-02

So, um, you're suggesting I hide my spare money in the one item I'm travelling with which is the most likely to get stolen (aside from my camera)?

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computer_gui made it! (author)2007-04-02

nice idea i have the same laptop and I've been considering doing something like that (fyi it should be 6400/e1505 i only know because mines the 6400)

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mje made it! (author)2007-04-02

It's sort of like saying "stash your laptop in your car, because if your car gets stolen, well, the loss of your laptop will seem trivial in comparison..."