Money Slang: Tired of Money? Here’s 101 Alternatives.

In 1737, Benjamin Franklin published The Drinker’s Dictionary, a long list of over 200 alternative terms and phrases for being drunk.

As far as I know, old Ben never published a similar list of synonyms for money — which I find to be curious considering that Ben is one of America’s first and most-quoted personal finance experts.

With that in mind, I thought I would challenge myself to put together a fun collection of 101 slang terms for money.

I’ll start with references to edibles and then branch out from there. So if you’re ready, here we go…

1. chips

2. bread

3. dough

4. roll

5. cabbage

6. lettuce

7. kale

8. bacon

9. clams

10. coconuts

11. beans

12. fish

13. potatoes

14. bananas

15. buckaroos

16. bucks

17. fins ($5-bills)

18. sawbucks ($10-bills)

19. C-notes ($100-bills)

20. hundies

21. Benjamins

22. Jacksons

23. grand

24. Gs

25. K

26. smack

27. smackers

28. wampum

29. bills

30. moolah

31. means

32. checks

33. drafts

34. shrapnel

35. wad

36. plaster

37. bankroll

38. capital

39. finances

40. currency

41. funds

42. gold

43. stash

44. cash

45. bundle

46. fortune

47. lucre

48. chump change

49. pin money

50. shekels

51. resources

52. boffo

53. spending money

54. doubloons

55. wherewithal

56. treasure

57. dibs

58. bits

59. dollars

60. dinero

61. pesos

62. bullets

63. coin

64. simoleons

65. silver

66. pelf

67. tender

68. scrip

69. pittance

70. guineas

71. gelt

72. bones

73. stake

74. pap

75. spondulicks

76. quid

77. pocket money

78. specie

79. jack

80. change

81. scratch

82. mite

83. king’s ransom

84. mint

85. paper

86. loonies

87. mazuma

88. pieces of eight

89. frogskins

90. long green

91. folding green

92. green

93. greenbacks

94. riches

95. rivets

96. big ones

97. banknotes

98. dead presidents

99. chits

100. scrilla

101. loot

Whew! That was fun! And if you want to add to the list, this is a friendly challenge to please do so.


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      Ah, now you’ve done it – I have to come up with another term. But word to your momma. I just checked with my homey from the hood and he confirmed your claim. He told me the correct term is “scrilla.” Thanks for the heads up! (Note to self: in the future stick to suburban, as opposed to urban, slang.)

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    Grymie says

    Ok im thankful for this list…. tho here are some you forgot

    Cheese, Chedder, Gwop, Stack, Grip, and Cents

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    Hannah says

    Haha, thanks for all those!!!! My neice and I are making a remake to Justin Bieber’s ‘One Time’ song…It’s about money.

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    CA_GESKIDN says

    in my younger days i had a boyfriend who would say “duckettes” for dollars. does anyone remember that slang word?

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    DJ 2 says

    I really did not know that there were so many terms/words for money. Thanks for the information. Now I just need the meanings of what the words mean.

    Very good knowledge.

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    Ms November says

    Yes, I heard “duckets” as a kid. Everyone said it. I’m from L.A. and AA, maybe it’s a cultural thang. :-)

    Some money slang from my Colombian friend, “plato” and “limonada”.

    Enjoyed this, thank you!

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      First things first: are you *really* Ms. November? Wait until I tell my buddies at work that Ms. November read my blog!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks for the additions to my list too. :-)

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      FL Girl says

      I always referred to duckets when talking about money. I was born In Cali also! Could definitely be a cultural thing. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Hi Len, When I read the title, and before reading the article I thought: Oh, if someone wants to pay me in some currency other than money-what about candy? I love candy and would gladly accept a small amount of candy, or costume jewelry instead of a cash payment :)

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    Really, Barb? Well, I guess if the Fed keeps printing money as fast as it is currently doing, hyperinflation may eventually make candy more valuable than dollars. (Not that anybody with significant cash savings would want to see that happen!)

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    Lets not forget Euros,marks,USD, Pesos, Guilders, Drachmae, Rupees, Dinars, Yen, shillings, Won, Ringgits, Rubles and Baht, Just to name a few of the more colorful. and just plain ole walking around money

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    Ken says

    .. and btw, “ducats” is from William Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” if I remember my schooling aright. Right there with “pound of flesh.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      It’s used in Merchant of Venice because the ducat was an actual unit of currency in Italy (and most parts of Europe). It shows up in other Shakespeare plays too (like Hamlet, where the prince shouts “Dead for a ducat, dead!” right before stabbing Polonius through the curtains).

      How about “do re mi” and “boodle”?

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    C. Benevento says

    I just read this because I work in a cash business in New Jersey and we always joke about different slang terms for cash. Italians in Jersey say “escarole,” pronounced shcarol, with a hard “r”.

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    Anonymous Person says

    I always say “paper gold”, but I don’t think that’s an official replacement. Add it if you’d like, but it’s probably not going to be understood by a lot of people. Do whatever you’d like! :)

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    BaSavage says

    “Cream” is another one. Wu-Tang Clan made a song about it and alot of East Coast Rappers use it a lot. And yes, i rem the duckettes sucka fools lol


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