No sooner does she receive her paycheque in pesos than 43-year-old lawyer Eugenia exchanges them for dollars and takes them home to hide away. The fear of losing everything in a burglary pales in comparison with the mistrust she has for banks and her own country's currency.
"I don't trust the peso; it's not just now, it's always been that way," she said.
Bludgeoned by an eighth major financial crisis since 1950, many Argentines prefer to seek refuge in the US dollar as a form of savings they can hide "under the mattress."
"I'd rather be robbed by a thief than a bank," she said.
There's nothing new about this mistrust.
"Historically, things didn't go well for those who tried to save in pesos," said Matías Rajnerman, chief economist at consultancy firm Ecolatina. "Those who did so in dollars, did well. It's the consequence of a broken financial system."
For 18 months Argentina has been in a recession provoked by a currency collapse. The poverty rate in the country of 44 million is over 40 percent, inflation is around 55 percent and unemployment has risen over 10 percent. The economy shrunk by 3.1 percent in 2019, and Argentine debt is more than 90 percent of GDP.
One of the country's major problems is its citizens' mistrust of the peso, which has deprived the government of much-needed dollars.
When the new government of Peronist leader Alberto Fernández came to power, it moved to combat currency flight by slapping a 30 percent tariff on foreign currency purchases and maintaining the previous government's purchase cap of $200 per month.
Ahead of Fernández's assumption of power, 52-year-old interior decorator Sofia withdrew all her dollar savings.
"What can I do?" she asked, pointing out that the peso lost almost 40 percent of its value in 2019, after losing more than 50 percent in 2018.
Fernández's measures appear to be working, as the peso has stabilised at 63 to the dollar. The exchange rate was 18 to the dollar before the currency crash. However, a black market exchange, with a rate of 83 to the dollar, has seen a surge in transactions due to the monthly limit on purchasing dollars.
But experts say it's unlikely Argentine faith in the peso will grow.
"In this country there's a systematic history of violating the saver's legal security," said Rajnerman.
"Private savings end up being seized by the government or exchanged into bonds. It happened several times, it happened in 2001," when Argentina suffered its worst economic crisis in modern times as it defaulted on a US$100-billion debt.
It was the year that then-president Fernando de la Rúa limited Argentines to withdrawing 250 pesos (then worth US$250) a week from banks. The UCR leader inherited a ticking time bomb from the government of Carlos Menem (1989-1999) who had linked pesos to the dollar.
Since then, many Argentines have hoarded their dollars outside the country.