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6 clever ways to give cash

By Jennie L. Phipps ·
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Posted: 6 pm ET

Giving the kids money is part of retirement planning for many families. You can't go wrong. Money from Grandma always fits, and from Grandpa, green is always the right color.

Here, with a little help from Safeway and the grocer's gift card division, Blackhawk, are six great ways to make giving monetary gifts more fun. Start your own retirement tradition.

  1. Frame it. Buy an inexpensive frame -- or find an old one in the attic -- and put a pretty gift card or Benjamin Franklin's $100 mug right in the middle. There is an art to gift-giving!

  2. Stuff the piggy. Stuff a piggy bank with coins or a mix of coins and folding money. Make sure some of the green stuff -- or a gift card -- sticks out the top.

  3. Mark the message with money. Make a book even more meaningful by bookmarking a page with a check, a gift certificate or savings bond.

  4. Share a cup of Andy. Put a $20 portrait of Andrew Jackson in an empty paper coffee cup with a lid. If you really want to be cute, make a faux iced frappe. Safeway says fill a clear drink cup with coffee beans and add cotton balls for the whipped cream. Put the cash or gift card in the beans.

  5. Bury it. Put cash or a gift card in a zip-style sandwich bag and hide it in an irresistible bucket of salty, buttery popped corn. You can be assured that eventually it will be found. This is also a good way to give movie tickets.

  6. Box it up. Serve family members boxed lunches packed with money surprises.

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Karen G
December 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

another good thing is to buy candy in a box or car or other toy.. open the tape... put money in candy's place (or with the candy) and reseal. have fun.. merry Christmas

December 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I had a scavenger hunt for my daughter. Each envelope had a clue to the next location (all in her home)and each envelope had money in it, double each time.

December 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm

This year I bought an inexpensive umbrella. Take string and tie on the inside with a paper clip on each end. I put 15 strings. On the end of each clip money, I did a 50,a 20, 2 10's, a 5 and 5 1's. Make sure they don't hang below the umbrella. This is money for a rainy day!

December 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Beware of regifters!

Charles Baynes
December 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

1) crack several walnuts exactly in half, clean out the nut, insert money and suoerglue back togeather. A hakf a dozen in a box gets a great reaction and they won't know what they have gotten.
2) Unroll a roll of toilet paper aand roll the money up in the roll. Be sure to remove the wrapping carefully and rewrap and glue it back on.
3) Get yourself a kkitchen sponge with an abrasive on one side, slice the abrasive side off part way carefully with a razor knife insert the money and reglue back togeather.
A combination of all three makes an interesting gift.

December 21, 2012 at 9:32 am

Purchase a pair of gloves and put money in each finger.

December 21, 2012 at 9:24 am

Take some coins, boil them to clean them and then put them inside a cake and bake the cake. Everybody love to find money in a cake. Enjoy

December 21, 2012 at 9:22 am

Make a "money tree" get a small fake tree and attach folded money to it. When i was younger we did that for my grandpa, place the larger ammount at the top of the tree folded into a bow then the rest folded into small squares and attach with paper clips.

December 21, 2012 at 8:17 am

put 20 5.00 bills and 10 twenty's crumpled up in a box. who doesn't like a box of money

Carol Lane
December 21, 2012 at 6:35 am

My husband and I once gave a grandson $30 in Sacajawea dollars and put them in a small treasure chest bought at Target.