In Praise of the Stash

The other day I had a date with my daughter. We were going to ride our bikes down to the cafe to have some tea together, and as we got ready to go, I realized that I had no cash. Not only no cash, but no money in the checking account until the next day.

I searched through my pockets and wallet and bag, only coming up with change. I really don’t like to use a card, so now I’m wondering what to do…

And then I remember – the stash!

In the header of my truck is a console with a compartment, containing pen and pencils, insurance and registration papers, and a wad of one dollar bills. We’re covered. Let’s go to tea!

I love the stash.

  • I have stashes for things like coffee, Emergen-C, cash, stamps and change. The stash has saved my butt many times; that one morning without the expected coffee just throws me off.
  • When I put away the groceries, and I have a new bag of java, I stash the old one. If I have the end of the last bag up high in the cupboard, I’ve got no worries.
  • When we still needed to go to the laundromat, I would put quarters in one, and the rest of my change in the other. I don’t like carrying change. After a while, the change jars add up. That’s one stash.
  • If I end up with a bunch of single dollar bills or fives at the end of the day, I stash about twenty bucks worth behind some stuff in the cupboard. That’s another stash.
  • The console of my truck, as above, is another.
  • My daily work bag has a bunch of inside pockets. If I feel like I won’t miss it, I stick a 20 or a 50 dollar bill in one zippered pocket.
  • I have a credit card that has nothing charged to it yet that goes with us when traveling, just in case. It goes back into its stash when we get home again.
  • If I’m feeling especially rich, I pull out a fifty from the bank and fold it very thin and put it in the back of my wallet. One more stash.
  • Chocolate is a great stash item. Just remember to replace it if you eat it.
  • A toilet paper roll stash under the seat of the truck and one stashed somewhere in the house will definitely come in handy.
  • Bandaids get stashed in my bag and the truck.

I like to be prepared.

Got a stash?

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

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