Dreaming of Paper Money & Notes: Meaning and Interpretation

What does it mean when you dream about paper money? It depends precisely on what that money looks like and what you did with it. What happened to the notes you saw in your money dreams?

Dreaming of Paper Money Meaning

Dreaming of paper money is usually a sign of good things to come. It typically symbolizes good fortune and good health, but not always.

When you dream about money notes, paper money, or dollar bills, pay careful attention to the state of the money you find. Wrinkled money and clean, crisp bills have very different dream meanings.

Unlike coins and silver, which are rigid and solid, paper money is easy to destroy. If you’ve ever run a dollar bill through the washing machine or dryer, you know what I mean.

Dream interpretation changes based on the characteristics and qualities of the money you see. When you wake from a dream about paper money, ask yourself how that money looked.

The Meaning of Old Paper Money and Money Notes

If the money notes are crumpled or old, it means you need to look at life in a new way. If the paper money is wrinkled, your dream may indicate lost opportunities or the need for a change.

Perhaps you feel bored. Maybe something in your waking life needs to be renewed or reinvigorated. This dream indicates that you are tired of your current circumstances and looking to try something new.

The Meaning of New Paper Money and Money Notes

If the paper money is crisp and new, your dream may indicate excitement and possibilities, symbolizing important things to come. 

If the dollars are clean and crisp, they may symbolize material wealth, success, and good luck.

Money represents pride and satisfaction. Are you proud of your current path and confident in your waking life? 

Seeing new paper money in your dream may provide proof of your happiness.

The Meaning of Counterfeit Money in Your Dream

If the paper in your dream is counterfeit money, it may signify that someone in life is trying to deceive you. Pay special attention to the people around you.

Could your loved ones or business partners act dishonestly? Would they be willing to trick you for material gain? Fake money is almost always a sign of deception.

Interpretation Examples: Dreaming of Paper Money

Finding money means different things depending on the state of the money you find. 

If you find crisp, clean paper notes in a briefcase, you may need to make an important business decision. If you find crinkled paper notes in your attaché, you should be suspicious of shady business deals.

After reflecting on the characteristics of the money you see, ask yourself another question. Where was the money in your dream?

The Meaning of Seeing Paper Money In a Dream

Where you find money matters because dream interpretation differs based on location. 

If you see money on the ground, you may feel unstable in waking life. If you see money in the air, you may need to act more creatively. If you see money in the water, you may feel at peace.

Seeing money just out of reach may mean you are getting closer to your goals.

Dreaming About Picking Up Paper Money

Did you dream about picking up paper money in your dream? Spiritually, reaching down to the ground represents the need to feel centered. Does your life feel unstable?

Sometimes we reach down to brace ourselves. Dreaming about picking up paper money could signify the need for stability. Perhaps a new job opportunity or relationship will provide a steady future.

Dreaming About Seeing Paper Money in the Air

Is the money located high in a tree, on a hot air balloon, or simply swirling in the air around you? How did you attempt to reach the money you saw? 

If you need to think outside the box to acquire paper money in a dream, you may need to do the same to solve a problem in real life.

Dreaming of Finding Paper Money Meaning

If you dream of finding paper money, think about where you saw that money. Did you have to change the direction of your body to reach it?

Seeing paper money to the left or right may mean it’s time to search for a new course. Are you considering a significant life change? Do you want to find a new job, move to a new city, or end your relationship? 

On the other hand, finding money just below your feet may mean you are on the right path in life. 

If you find buried treasure below your feet but can’t access it, you may need to dig into your past to rectify a troubled relationship. 

Reaching that treasure chest and finding money inside may mean your deepest wishes will come true.

The Meaning of Losing Paper Money in a Dream

Losing paper money might symbolize a difficult decision or a recent event that left you in an anxious or depressed state. 

Losing money can represent a dysfunctional relationship, a recent breakup, or the death of a loved one. Sometimes losing paper money is a sign that you are worried about the near future. 

The Meaning of Winning Paper Money in a Dream

If your dream of winning money, you probably feel confident and happy. If you win a giant stack of clean, crisp dollar bills, you will feel excited when you wake from your dream.

Winning paper money in a dream may mean feeling positive about your career, relationships, or health.

The Meaning of Counting Paper Money in a Dream

Counting paper money in a dream may mean you are feeling uncertain. Perhaps you count dollar bills or money notes to see if you have enough to buy something you want. 

Counting money might mean you feel the world is unfair. Were you passed up for promotion or overlooked by someone you admire? 

You may be counting your money to see if you measure up to your coworkers or your ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.

Giving and Receiving Money in a Dream

Sometimes we find money in a dream, and other times we are given money by those we know and love. 

We can also give money to friends, family, and even strangers who need our help. Giving money usually makes us feel joyful, but sometimes we give reluctantly.

How you give money changes the interpretation of this dream. I wrote a detailed post about dreaming of someone giving you money because it’s a frequent dream of mine.

Dream Interpretation: Money Dream

As you can see, a money dream is not always easy to interpret. The dream meaning changes based on how the money looks and where you find it.

21 thoughts on “Dreaming of Paper Money & Notes: Meaning and Interpretation”

  1. I dream a stranger with a tattoo and smoking cigarette giving me $120…. Actually she call my husband on the phone to Collect it and i went with him and told him I will take it because she look weird.. .Can’t remember who actually picked it up as she placed it on the table for us to pick up

  2. I pulled in to the driveway of the house where I grew up . There were stacks of clean new cash on the ground about 2 ft. high, all 100’s and 50’s. I was driving my current vehicle. I placed the money in the back of my SUV. Went inside to tell my family about the finding. They suggested I call the police to report the money…… I woke up….. dream over…. Meaning???

  3. I dreamt we were two. Me holding new note money and the other old money. some wind came and blew all our money in the drainage, but I managed to pick the old one and the other never got .adifferent person picked the new money and refused þo give us

  4. I dreamed of a vlogger who was throwing money, and we collected a lot of money that he was throwing. what does my dream mean. can anyone here help what is the hint

  5. I dreamed I had money in my possession it was blown away by the wind, a young man went to pick it up. I went and help him, the notes were R100 and R200 bank notes crisp and new. The money we recovered I put it on a shelf next to a green lawn. This was a place at a village where I grew up as a young girl. But I was a grown woman in a dream in my present day.
    Then I was worried that the money will be blown away again. Then I hold it safely not to be blown away again.

  6. I also dreamed that I was walking to a house it was in a different location and as I walk I was holding money close to my body. It was in a cloth I have presently. As I walked I realized that the money was falling to the ground,there was a crowd moving around minding their own businesses. They saw the money but they didn’t pick it up. The money stay intact notes together as they were while they were counted.
    Lying separately on the ground but orderly. I put it back in the cloth as I do, a R20 note fell and was blown away by the wind,it went up a grassy hill and fell inside a fence where there were drug addict that we call mpintshis” one catch it as it was blown next to his hand.
    I stood where I was as I was worried that if I go up to them,the money I had with me will be blown away. I screamed to them saying that money is not mine it belongs to the school, (as I am an admin clerk at my workplace) then I asked an elderly woman to bring it to me, she did, gave it to me then I went down I asked her to come and get fruits. As a token of my appreciation. She came stood outside I was looking for the fruits in my fridge which were Apple’s. I went out to her and realized that she came inside the house, as she exit she trample the money which was still on the floor where I put it as I was in a hurry and was unable to hide it away. I picked up a muddy R200 note and add it to the other notes and left it on the floor again as I went out to the front of the house, it was dirty dark green in colour.
    I went to the front of the house to my right hand the door was facing the rising sun direction. I was looking for fresh fruits or better condition, but they were bad I picked up two greenish ones but they were bad , finally I got better ones but they were rotten inside even to the core, the seed had an outer layer but also rotten. The woman drop them and they fell into a muddy, dirty concoction of rottenness. Not sure what else was into the muddy liquid. I wished she has not dropped it in there.
    Then I went inside the house the elderly woman followed me inside I looked for R10 note I already knew that it was no in the money pile that was still on the floor. I was going out and into the room outside that was still part of the house. As I made facial and finger gestures to my youngest daughter, whose name means life to watch the money so that the woman will not take it. I looked for the R10 but didn’t find it and I was panicking as I was delaying. Then I walked up


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