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I bought this cash stash online. I'd seen them around quite a bit and thought they would be handy to have. It cost me £5-£6 at the time but i'm pretty sure you can probably get it cheaper now.
The cash stash is a little aluminium storage compartment basically. It has a little ring that you can attach to your keys and it has a screwtop lid which when opening will reveal a clip that your note is wrapped around and placed inside this cash stash. In order to get your notes in there, you just fold the money in half and put it on the clip and roll the note around it.
It is fairly small and light and it did state it was waterproof too.. although it has never come into contact with much water, I have used it out in the rain and it has never got water into the compartment which is good.
I mainly used the cash stash for just storing £5 or £10 notes and it meant I could have some money seperate for when I needed it instead of digging around in my bag for my purse. It was basically just a little more convenient and handy, especially if I wasn't going to be carrying my bag on me.. for instance at times I would like to go for a walk and not feel the need to take my bag.. however on the walk back I pass a few shops and sometimes liked to stop for a quick drink or anything else. I found the cash stash to be really helpful then.
Now I know some people may think it can be just as fine sticking money in your pocket and this cash stash wouldn't be needed. But one of the reasons I purchased this was due to running for the bus one time and not realising the fiver in my pocket had fallen out, since then I have stopped carrying notes in my pocket! lol.
Overall this is a really handy gadget. I still have it but have started using it less mainly because I replaced it with a coin stash, which allows me to store £1 coins rather than notes. I made the change due to getting a change of purse that allowed easier storage for my notes, though at times I just swap between the both depending on what spare change/notes I have in my purse.
Though I will save discussing the coin stash for another review - but it is worth looking into if you like the sound of the cash stash :)
Thanks for reading :)
(this review may also be found on ciao)
The true ultility cashstash is an interesting device. It is a simple hollow cylinder made out of aircraft grade aluminum, with a screw top, and a rubber O ring at the joint between the top and the bottom. This is attached onto a keychain. Inside the cylinder is a clip.
The aim of this is so that you take say a £10 or something, and fold it in a certain way (instructions on the back of the packet), and thus you can carry extra money with you.
Ok, price? I got mine including delivery for around £5-6. This was back when the thing was pretty new, so I am not sure if you can get it cheaper now (but on ebay there are loads of "rip off" versions for cheaper, I have no idea if these are any good).
Durability? VERY HIGH. I once fell off my bike and onto my keys. Some of my house keys, keychains, etc were totally wrecked. However the aircraft grade aluminum on the cash stash barely got stratched! SOme of you may say how do i know it took any force, well the ring it was attached to completely cleaved in two! ALthough this thing is made out of very thin metal, it is unbelieveably strong. ALso its waterproof (never tested this, but it is certainly never wet on the inside even when in rain, I think this is down to the O ring). Also, unlike other keychain gadgets I have owned previously, it doesn't just dissassemble itself in your pocket when you are busy doing other things.
One thing I would say is that the steel clip inside doesn't feel as well made as the rest of the device, which is a shame. Apart from that I would say that this item is a sort of rolls royce of gadgets.
So is it useful? I have used this on many occasions, from not having enough cash to pay at a restaruant, to loaning friends a tenner, to paying for a cinema ticket and making sure I had cash to get the train home. The orignal reason I got it was so say if someone robbed my wallet, I would still be able to at least just get home without having to worrying about logistics.
I would recommend this, even if it is a bit pricey for what it is, its one of my gadgets which has really stood the test of time.
I bought my husband one of these for Christmas, because he hardly ever carries any cash on him. His excuse that 'neither does the Queen' doesn't really cut it, not when he has to go to the cash machine constantly, having to get £10 out because he doesn't have a spare £5 on him - and of course, once you've broken into a tenner you spend the rest so quickly! The number of times he's found himself stuck in places with no working cash machine but no cash on him is uncountable. So, I bought him this cheap little cash stash new from eBay for £3 plus 70p shipping, in the hope that it would encourage him to have a little bit of money on him without 'cluttering up' his wallet.
Basically, the True Utility Cash Stash is a metal (aluminium I think) canister with a screw off lid at the top that has a built in waterproof seal. The seal is tight which is great as it keeps your money dry in all kinds of weather conditions. The canister is attached to a key ring meaning this is ideal for hanging to belt loops and bunches of keys etc. My husband keeps his on his car keys, which he always has with him, despite moaning that it means if he loses his keys, he'll lose the £20 he keeps in his cash stash (I suggest that if he loses his car keys he'll have bigger things to worry about than his cash stash...)
The lid screws off easily and to use it, you just fold your note up, ideally in half then half again, roll them into a tube shape, and pop them into top of the canister, securing them with the little metal clip which holds the notes in place. Screw the lid back on and you've got your note safely sealed away. The most my husband has ever tried to get in his was 2 x £20 notes, but any more than 2 notes (and even that is a stretch) and you'll probably not get them to fit. I think most people would agree that amount is enough in cases of emergencies, e.g. it'll get you a taxi home, food if you get stranded etc, if you need more you could always put a £50 in.
The design of this, as well as being practical, is quite pretty and simple. It's only around 5cm long and just over 1cm wide, so it's a very discreet and small item that is easily disguised on a bunch of keys. The TRUE logo is on the side of the cash stash though, so keep your eye on your stash if this ever becomes a big name and people figure out that if you have one of these you have your cash inside!
Overall, myself and my husband are pleased with this product. He's had to break into his cash stash a few times now and it's served him well. For the price I think this was a good deal and I can recommend it.
I recieved one of these for christmas from my mum . I think her logic was that, as I'm always moaning about how skint I am, I could put some money aside for emergencies in this handy little keyring stash.
Oh, how ill thought out that logic was . While the attractive little aluminium canister looks good on a keyring, and has a rubber waterproof seal that also stops your cash from getting soggy, the simple fact is that there is nothing stopping me from easily opening this to get at the cash when I just feel like a little treat!
It is a handy little device though, no doubt about it ,and most notes fit inside easily, although larger denominations need a little more folding. You fold your money in half, then in half again, before putting into the little metal clip andthen rolling into a roll. Then you simply put on the lid and screw it up tightly. I've found it ideal for putting a tenner in for a taxi if I'm out for the night, keeping the taxi money seperate from beer money, and preventing me from accidentally spending it! It's also handy if you're going out and don't want to carry a bulky wallet,as it's small enough to fit into even the tiniest handbag.
I've also, on occasion, used this to store tablets if I'm going out and unlikely to be home when I need to take them , and imagine that there are probably plenty of inventive uses for something like this (I do know one person who uses theirs to store their 'special tobacco'.
The problem is though, it's just so easy to open on days when lack of wine is considered an emergency. Also, I do think the design is quite recognisable, and could make your keys a target for theft if they were left in sight .
Given that this only cost £3.57 from amazon, I can't really complain, as my only real problem with it is my own lack of willpower . The quality is nice enough, and it really is simple to use, and those with more willpower and a less restrictive budget than mine may find it more useful than I did .
4 stars .