What Does It Mean When You Dream About Money?

We’ve all had a dream about money at some point in our lives. Yet, not many of us know what it means when money appears in a dream. Some aren’t even interested to know because they believe dreams have no bearing on our waking reality.

But, recent scientific studies suggest that dreams can affect our behavior the following day. The Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science recently published an interesting study about this topic. The research behind the study was conducted by a team of British and American scientists who found that events experienced in the dream state can affect our daytime interactions.

Other studies show that you can still feel the effects of a dream the next day through your emotions and behavior. Legendary neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud also believed that dreams have an effect on the unconscious mind.

However, this still doesn’t tell us what it means to dream about money. There are a lot of theories and hypothesis though. Some say that having a dream about money means that you’re about to experience prosperity, while others believe that it’s a sign of power and resourcefulness.

We decided to consult with some dream experts to help clear up the confusion and help you figure out how to interpret your money dreams.

Money as a Symbol

Dreams involving money are often interpreted as being a symbol of impending prosperity, wealth, power and success. It makes sense that money is linked to material success. However, it can also symbolize richness in other areas of our life such as in our spirituality, self-worth and love.

money as a symbol

It’s important to keep in mind that success looks different for everyone. While some value material possessions, others see emotional intelligence or wisdom to be the highest form of wealth.

Dreaming about money may also mean that you’re about to experience an elevation in your mental state or well-being. Or it could be related to your spiritual, psychological and emotional state. It’s also quite possible for you to be rich in some aspects of your life and feel a sense of lack in others. So keep that in mind when you try to interpret your money dreams.

Receiving Money in a Dream

Dreaming of someone giving you money is seen as an auspicious sign. Of course, one has to consider the context of the dream which will be different for everyone but generally it’s seen as a good sign. Many say that it means you will come into a windfall or gain a lot of love and support in your life.

receiving money in a dream
Receiving money in a dream.

It’s understandable then, that dreams like this often leave the dreamer feeling very lucky and happy. They can also boost your self-confidence and allow you to believe in yourself and the choices you make. Dreams of receiving money can also impart a sense of wealth and opulence.

On the other hand, this dream might just be an indication of your wishes and it has nothing to do with future events at all.

Winning Money in a Dream

Experts say that a dream of winning money means that you’re feeling particularly lucky in an aspect of your life. Maybe you feel that you’re on a winning streak at work, or even in your love life.

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Happy mid adult woman winning money on a slot machine in a casino and celebrating.

Therefore, dreaming of winning money doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll win the lottery tomorrow. It could, however, mean that you’re in a good position to attract abundance into your life. Perhaps you’ll attract a lot of opportunities and good energy that will catapult you into a better position.

Dream experts recommend that you leverage the feeling of abundance and positivity that you feel after this dream. You can use this energy to boost your self-confidence throughout the day so that you can attract more opportunities into your life.

Finding Money in a Dream

A dream of finding money is quite common and most people describe it in a similar way. Finding money in a dream always involves either picking it up on the street or discovering it in an old coat that you had stored away.

dream about finding money on the ground
Dream about finding money on the ground.

However, I wouldn’t run to the closet to check your coat if I were you. A dream of finding money rarely manifests in exactly the way you see it.

Instead, this dream could mean that you’re rediscovering an aspect of yourself. Perhaps you’re at a point in your life where you’re regaining your confidence and you’re learning to appreciate and love yourself more. Maybe it could even mean that you’re finally getting the credit you deserve after feeling underappreciated for a long time. 

Losing Money in a Dream

It’s not uncommon to wake up in a pool of sweat just because you dreamt of losing money. The good news is that this dream doesn’t mean that you will lose money in real life. It’s likely just a warning from your subconscious to start taking your finances more seriously.

dream of losing wallet
Dream of losing wallet.

You may also experience this dream because you’re feeling left behind by your peers financially.

Other dream experts suggest that a dream of losing money means that you have anxiety about other aspects of your life. Maybe you feel powerless about a certain situation in your life, or you have low self-esteem at the moment. Whatever it is that your dreams are telling you, be careful and take the necessary steps to remedy the situation.

Saving Money in a Dream

Saving Money in a Dream

Like most dreams, saving money could have a positive or negative connotation. On the positive side, dreaming about saving money means that you feel financially secure. It means that you’re taking good care of your financial responsibilities and have a lot of abundances.

On the downside, this dream might symbolize that you have a problem with hoarding. It may also mean that you’re acting like a miser who’s not sharing with others like you should. Maybe you need to open up to others more and let go of your incessant need to control everything in your life.

Giving Money Away to Others in a Dream

A good way to understand the meaning behind this dream is to consider the content of the dream. What state of mind were you in when you were giving the money away? This sort of dream can go a long way towards helping you understand the workings of your subconscious mind.

dream of giving money to someone
Dream of giving money to someone

For example, if you were feeling anxious while giving away the money, then this could mean that you’re stressing about losing abundance in real life. Diving deep into the meaning behind this dream can help you understand your feelings about money and wealth. Perhaps you have a mindset of poverty that you need to confront and process.

Delving deep into this dream can also assist in developing a healthier relationship with money. On the other hand, if you were joyful while giving away money in your dream then it means that you’re living in a state of flow and you’re feeling abundant.

Being Harassed by Bill Collectors in a Dream

Being harassed by bill collectors is not fun! So experiencing it in your dream will definitely make you think. This sort of dream is common for people who are in debt and it often reveals their feelings about the situation. Perhaps you feel guilty or anxious about owing the money and now the situation is “haunting” your dreams.

There are other interpretations to consider, most of which involve looking at the matter from a subconscious standpoint. Aside from being in debt, dreaming of debt collectors could mean that you have unfinished business somewhere. It’s that nagging feeling that won’t let you go, and the only way to get rid of it is to deal with the issues behind it.

Let’s keep in mind that money dreams are heavily connected to self-worth and self-esteem. Or it could be that there’s someone in your life who keeps asking you for favors and it’s driving you up the wall. As soon as you recognize what the problem is in real life then you need to address it so that you can stop having these dreams.

Stealing Money in a Dream

There’s no one size fits all explanation to this type of dream. Perhaps you’re a very moral person and have recently broken the law for some reason and now it’s nagging you. Or maybe you’re constantly fighting against authorities in real life.

To understand the meaning behind this dream you have to consider your values and your emotions towards it. Believe it or not, there are some positive meanings attached to dreams about stealing money. It could symbolize that you’re about to receive something unexpected. Or maybe you’re developing a stronger attitude at work that will make you a polarizing figure.

dreaming about stealing money
Dreaming about stealing money.

Another likely interpretation of this dream is that you’re feeling selfish and greedy in real life. And now your conscience is kicking in to help you change your ways. This dream could also be a reflection of a power dynamic that you’re experiencing in your life. Maybe you feel that you’re getting ahead in life at the expense of someone else.

Lastly, a dream of stealing money could indicate that you feel like you need to resort to unconventional methods of living in order to survive.


What does it mean when you dream about money? There’s no one answer to this question. But, it’s safe to say that dreams are an intrinsic part of the human experience that’s worth exploring further. Science even shows that humans start dreaming from the time they are in the womb, so it’s a truly fascinating subject.

We hope this article has helped you work out the meaning behind your money dream. What are your thoughts on the topic? Let us know in the comments section below.

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1 thought on “What Does It Mean When You Dream About Money?”

  1. Usually, I don’t have dreams about money. Should it mean that I’m a happy person? 🙂 Maybe it’s just not the thing I worry about.


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