What It Means If Your Palms Are Itchy ;)

by J. Money -

itchy hand palms

For the last 48 hours, Mrs. BudgetsAreSexy has been dealing with a crazy itchy right palm. At first she thought it was just a bug bite or something and would go away after a couple of minutes, but here we are hours and hours later and it’s still driving her nuts.

So she decided to do what all of us do when trying to solve a problem: Self-diagnose on Google ;) And boy were we surprised at our findings! Who knew it had anything to do with money?? D’uh…

Check it out (from Palmistry and Hand Analysis):

There’s an old superstition that when your palms itch it means money. An itching left palm means money to be paid out, while an itching right palm is money coming in. To stop the left palm from itching, the superstition says to rub the palm on a piece of wood.

There may be something to this old tale, since itching palms often show new internal energy moving through the hands. The left hand is the passive or receptive, and the right is the active. When the left palm itches, look for new energy or services coming into your life – Of course this will probably cost you some money. The right palm itching means energy or services going out – Work you might get paid for.

Touching or rubbing wood is a very old method for transferring or releasing unwanted energy buildup (thus expressions like “touch wood”), so if your left palm itches, try rubbing it on the corner of a table – If you don’t get a splinter, perhaps you’ll save some money!

It all makes sense now :) The wife is literally finishing up her first two weeks back in the work force today, and is now due her first paycheck! (Right palm = money coming in!) Which, oddly enough, she’ll probably be getting either today or Monday, haha… How’s that for superstition?

And now you can say you’ve finally learned something here :) You’re welcome.

PS: Here are 12 other money superstitions that may also fit your fancy…

UPDATE: Turns out my wife had Cholestasis – a liver condition that occurs in late pregnancy: “The itching is most common during the third trimester of pregnancy but sometimes begins earlier. It may feel worse as your due date approaches. Once your baby arrives, however, the itchiness usually goes away within a few days.” – Mayo Clinic. So it actually had nothing to do with money at all, imagine that? And good thing we caught it too – it’s apparently super dangerous to newborns if left alone! So if you’re super itchy and pregnant reading this right now – make sure to ask your doctor about it!

(Photo by nate steiner, tinted by J$)

Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!

{ 71 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jaimie W October 12, 2012 at 7:34 am

I grew up hearing this – and so far it has been accurate :-)


2 Karen April 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Very true!It happens before my check arrival.


3 Ruby January 26, 2018 at 11:18 pm

Every time my right hand itch i always received money.


4 William @ Drop Dead Money October 12, 2012 at 8:08 am

That’s awesome! Loved the article! Congrats on the scratch for that itch. And thanks for the Friday chuckle! Not to mention the education :)


5 J. Money October 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

@Jaimie W – Haha… Really? That’s awesome… I’m def. gonna pay attention more to my own palms as time goes on now that I know this little secret ;)
@William @ Drop Dead Money – Always trying to entertain, my man! Gotta keep ya on your toes ;)


6 Josie October 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

Has she recently stopped taking Zyrtec after taking it for a long while? That’s what happens to me when I forget to take my Zyrtec. I’ve found lots of other people dealing with the same symptom online.


7 Sellous May 5, 2018 at 5:39 pm

Today my right hand middle as we call it in Jamaica started itching me like hell, I placed some clove oil on it and it is gone, let’s see if the money comes or goes. I’ll update you. If you don’t see an update that means I did not get a dime.


8 LB @ Finanical Black Sheep October 12, 2012 at 11:50 am

I was going to say allergies, but Josie beat me to it.

One superstition I follow is my Maneki-neko or lucky, money-cat. I have one that moves the arm and takes batteries. Ever since I purchased it, money has been doing good. As soon as the batteries die, something changes. For instance my hubby lost his OT, but as soon as the batteries were back and and he was running, OT was back. Seriously weird shit like that. I know it isn’t the cat, but can’t hurt to keep the batteries going. :)

*If you want to learn something I have “Words that Make you Look like a Tool” for today ;)


9 Travis October 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

That’s awesome! My grandmother was very superstitious and always taught us that if the left palm itches, you will receive money, but if the right palm itches, you will soon meet a stranger, as that is your hand-shaking hand.


10 Joe @ Retire By 40 October 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I have never heard of this. My palm never itched either so… :)


11 Money Beagle October 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I have skin eczema with flare-ups on my hand. So I wish it was about money :)


12 Jenn October 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I have a friend who goes to the casino or buys lottery tickets when her right hand itches… she wins like $500 every time.


13 debtgirl October 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Oh yeah, I have always heard when your left palm itches, no wait is it when your right palm itches, omgosh, I don’t know, but when they both itch its gotta mean big $$$$$. ;-)


14 falcon October 13, 2012 at 4:15 am

@Jaimie W—————–As did i pal, but its the accurate opposite. hehe.


15 J. Money October 14, 2012 at 11:13 am

@Josie – Huh… nah, she doesn’t take Zyrtec actually, but that’s a pretty interesting side affect. Wonder why that is?
@LB @ Finanical Black Sheep – HAH! That is awesome! I’ve heard of these money cats before, but usually the ones where their hand is raised up permanently – nothing battery-required. Pretty cool though :) Will go and check out your new post after I type this out – I’m gald you’re blogging now!
@Travis – Oooh the “meeting a stranger” part is cool, I love meeting new people :)
@Joe @ Retire By 40 – Not *yet*! You wait ;)
@Money Beagle – Awwww, haha…
@Jenn – What? No way… that is awesome.
@debtgirl – As long as it’s big money COMING to you, it’s all good with me ;) Not so fun GIVING away money!
@falcon – It’s interesting to see so many of you already know about this – it was a first for me!


16 Call Me What You Want Even Cheap October 15, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Ha ha, I grew up hearing this. I also heard if a bird poops on your car that it too means money is coming your way.


17 Lisa July 2, 2016 at 8:37 pm

Birds poop on my car all the time and im still broke lol


18 J. Money October 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm

YESS!!! Do you know that’s happened to me actually? Except that dang bird pooped on my HEAD! haha.. and literally 10 seconds later (no joke) I found two shiny quarters where I sat down to clean it off :) Which, back then as a 12 year old, is big money! I welcome birds to poop around me – FREE MONEY baby! Haha…


19 PK November 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I have never heard that. Interesting.

On a more serious note…if a pregnant women develops itchy palms (or soles of the feet) it can indicate a serious condition called cholestasis, a liver disease that pregnant women can get.


20 J. Money November 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Ack! Now you’re freaking me out! :)


21 Star February 3, 2014 at 3:04 am

I have never gotten money with left hand itching always paying out, I end up rubbing my right one on my pocket(one article stated to do that and so far nothing), but read a few which said not to itch the right palm or rub it and see where it takes me, I know I get money(my SSI and pay 2 bills so palms don’t itch around either times)


22 emma May 27, 2014 at 10:40 pm

BTF LOL that happens to me so much


23 J. Money May 29, 2014 at 7:24 am

You must be one rich girl ;)


24 Dawoosta October 13, 2014 at 7:07 pm

What can you do if your right palm itches, without rubbing away your money??? N can u rubb it on a piece of wood n still have luck in the money department ?


25 stephanie henry September 22, 2016 at 11:19 pm

My mom’s from Arkansas, Earl to be honest and it says to spit in your hand and rub it on your pocket to keep the money that’s cummin to your right hand..an it works for me matter fact my hands itching now..fr


26 Kalle November 19, 2014 at 9:51 am

We always pay money for something and receives many times including the time of salary.

Yet our palm does not itch frequently so…….


27 Jennifer May 18, 2015 at 8:42 pm

this so true, but my is getting too much ,it will scratch me to the extend it doesn’t let me sleep at night till someone finally dash me the money . it depends on the amount of money the day someone dashed me 100k my brothers and sisters I swear u no sleep, both of them almost made me cry I scratched to the extend it became red and swollen very hard . even I feel it could hand infection or something someday I will go to hospital, look at this night I can’t sleep I’m facing the same thing. no be say na millions dem want give me. I have asked people they have no solution. I’m tired of this o


28 Jane May 24, 2015 at 7:52 pm

See a doctor, a dermatologist actually.


29 Julie June 1, 2015 at 8:07 am

Reading all your posts are giving me itchy palms right now and yes I usually have a win when the right one itches and lose with the left itch.. also in Australia an old aboriginal saying was that if you have itchy feet you are going on a walkabout. That means a holiday. But I think I just have dry skin on my feet as they are very itchy often and I only holiday once a year.


30 J. Money June 1, 2015 at 10:47 am

Yes, it’s all probably dry skin ;)


31 Jody Ogilvie June 3, 2015 at 5:39 am

My palm itches and my mother told me to spit on it and rub together for luck and big money, I think I always did it to my left hand and always paid out. Now I have more info and my right pain is very itchy. Waiting to see if your info means money, sure could use it now. Will let you know what happens.


32 Jody June 3, 2015 at 5:42 am

What does an itchy nose mean.


33 J. Money June 3, 2015 at 12:12 pm

that you have a booger in it ;)


34 MMW June 23, 2015 at 4:10 pm

I was told that an itchy nose means someone is talking about you. One day I missed school and my nose was itching all day. the next day when I returned to school, being silly, I asked my friend was someone talking about me because my nose was itching and I laughed. Low and behold a boy at school spread the biggest rumor about me. It got to the point where I had to speak with the principal.


35 Lakita Haulcy July 9, 2015 at 2:57 pm

Thank you very very much for the info about the itching palms. My right one itches alot lately, so I’m sure looking for some money. “Hopefully Soon”.


36 lovelynickyt September 1, 2015 at 6:13 pm

what if they both itch at the same time? mine has been itching for the last hour…


37 Kerry September 4, 2015 at 11:08 am

Wow this is so interesting,, I have always believed that it was the other way around,,, when ever my left palm itched it was money coming in, if it was the right it was money going out,,,, and thats actually how it happened…. Now my right palm is so so so itchy never ever like this before so Ive been thinking I’m about to lose a lot,,, however I’ve got two things on the horizon,, a tender and a sale of a business……… My feeling is positive for both of these things so it will be interesting to see what happens after reading this :)


38 J. Money September 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Let us know what happens :)


39 Smell The Money November 18, 2015 at 11:08 pm

I have always heard this and believe it or not everytime my right hand itches, i get money…either by paycheck or something unexpected. I really believe this sign!
Also i saw a YouTube video about manifesting money and it sounds crazy stupid and unsanitary but i swear it works…its part of the Law of Attraction but smelling money and repeating I am at one with a tremendous amount of money and also saying Money flows to me freely and frequently! I tried it and it worked like almost immediately…after about 3 days i got some unexpected money on a few different occasions!


40 J. Money November 20, 2015 at 4:01 pm

I do know cash smells good! They even have alarm clocks that will go off and emit the smell of money haha… But I hope you’re washing your hands a lot :)


41 Lisa March 28, 2016 at 3:48 pm

My right palm has been itching sense yesterday. I hope and pray I get a big blessing soon.


42 Roxanne Davison April 28, 2016 at 8:29 pm

My right palm has been very itchy for a week now. I put it in pocket. Hopefully I get cash. I recently got 1000 dollars stolen from me so I can really use the cash. But my left has been itching off and on. I scratch that on wood. Wish me luck everyone I need it.


43 Jordasche Kingston June 24, 2016 at 5:02 pm

When my left palm itches, it means money for me 100% of the time. My boyfriend thinks I’m nuts, but it’s true. It’s been happening to me for years now.


44 Reynard April 5, 2018 at 8:19 am

@ Jordasche Kingston: Are you left handed or right handed? … I wonder if it can be a difference what the itching means in each individual case depending on what hand you use to write with e.t.c.?


45 Stacy Williams June 27, 2016 at 10:25 pm

When my left palm itches, I win money but play it all back at the casino. When my right palm itches, I win money and actually leave with it!


46 Kim August 31, 2016 at 10:19 pm

I love the fact that I can stop the outflow of money by rubbing it on wood!!!


47 sasa September 19, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Hi my right hand has been icthing since last week.any suggestion about that.


48 Mohamadou October 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm

My moms palms are itchy when touching things


49 Mohamadou October 5, 2016 at 12:32 pm

sorry when touching cold things


50 kimsue November 22, 2016 at 11:08 pm

If itchy palms is money $ then what is a rosy palm?!!


51 Melkis December 28, 2016 at 2:12 am

Palms doesn’t itch for salaries. They itch when you are going to experience loss or profit. I am not sure if it happens to everyone. It happens to me if I trade stocks. If left palm itches today so hard, there is some loss huge loss coming today or tomorrow and viceversa.

There is a supernatural force into it. It is definitely not a supersition. It needs a research to learn about supernatural forces rather than supersition.


52 Hugo Danner March 8, 2017 at 5:39 am

I’m 55 years old and always was told this as a boy/teen by many older family members, neighbors,etc. Yes the right hand palm itching means. You will find, win or be repaid $$$$. However I’ve always was told the itching left palm means you will see a old friend, co-worker or relative or old girl or boyfriend again. It always came true for me also. My right palm just starting itching a few minutes ago. That’s how I ended up posting this here.


53 Nadia March 26, 2017 at 5:41 pm

I heard if you itch your right hand and put it in your pocket it helps with more money coming into your life and with savings is that true?


54 Nina June 16, 2017 at 11:30 am

I have found that when your palm itches on your dominate hand, you will receive a unknown amount of money.. and usually within 3 days. your dominate is also the hand that you receive your money in.. for example..when you go to the store and get change back. If you know that your pay check is coming or that you are owed money it does not work for this… it’s only for money that you dont know or remember you are suppose to receive. I have always received money when i didnt expect it. Never fails ..


55 Paulo Silva October 24, 2017 at 10:22 pm

It`s not superstition because every time my right hand itching money come in also, if left hand itching some other thing come in and Never fails.


56 jody November 29, 2017 at 2:44 am

I always was told that you shake with ur right hand and receive with your itchy left hand


57 Heather Mattingly February 5, 2018 at 10:15 am

It means your hands are dry and you need some lotion.


58 J. Money February 5, 2018 at 10:38 am

haha yup – pretty much :)


59 Braigwen March 3, 2018 at 10:09 pm

My right palm has been itching for more than two weeks. I hope this is true.


60 brittney October 2, 2018 at 3:54 pm

mines have been doing the same thing, i hope so too


61 bouqiest May 17, 2018 at 4:07 am

I get money the next day my palm itches, so it works for me too


62 Sarah May 29, 2018 at 2:22 pm

I’ve actually had this happen to me several times. What’s weird though is that it happens even in what I can only describe as getting/losing money in very loose terms. One time, my left palm itched & I ended up dropping my wallet. That was it. It also happens if someone else gets or loses money. For instance, my right palm itched & my friend got money from her mom.


63 Christina perez June 7, 2018 at 2:42 pm

My right hand always itches when I’m going to get money


64 Victoria Smith July 3, 2018 at 11:12 am

Right Palm started itching 9am this morning and by 10:40am I was blessed witg $500. GOD is good. So far this is true for me


65 Geraldlyn July 7, 2018 at 12:46 am

My right hand itches I always get money hope it’s true because it like wow,


66 ric July 18, 2018 at 7:38 am

Both of my palms and my feet itch… A lot. I have no idea what’s wrong with me. Its so annoying especially when I need to concentrate then I have to scratch my palms for a few minutes.


67 McLinda July 21, 2018 at 12:13 am

The heels of my legs itch a lot, what could be the problem.


68 Angel Jones August 22, 2018 at 1:36 am

It’s no superstition I promise you. It never fails, if either of my hands itch, I am getting money or losing money. Now, not only me, my daughter’s hand itches when I am getting/losing money or she is getting/losing money. It is a fact. Its crazy but true!


69 Nicolette September 28, 2018 at 5:05 pm

My mom always told me that if my palms itches to close your hand and stick it in your pocket so the money would last longer. But I couldn’t remember which palm was which for money going out or coming in. Thank you for clarifying that. (Ps- glad your wife is fine after that scare)


70 Alisa Eshbach October 15, 2018 at 9:13 pm

I’m the opposite, when my LEFT palm itches I get money. Usually the next day or two.


71 Sarah October 16, 2018 at 9:35 am

My right hand itches all the time and I have yet to receive any money! I’ve been job hunting for a couple of months already.


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