Most of us have made a joke about our money disappearing at one time or another.
But did you ever stop to think that maybe that maybe you are really missing money and it could come back to you?
Each year, hundreds of millions of dollars sit unclaimed by their rightful owners. The money could be an income tax refund, the return of a deposit from your utility company, or a check for a claims settlement. It could be money forgotten in a safe deposit box, excess escrow, or forgotten uncashed checks. Often, the recipients fail to get their money due to a change in mailing address.
You can easily find out if you have any money coming to you by visiting MissingMoney.com. Just enter your name and the state where you live (search numerous states if you’ve moved around a lot) and you’ll know in just a few seconds whether you have any money owed to you.
If you are owed money, you can click on the link to claim it and follow the instructions. A friend of mine once discovered he was owed $80 from an old utility deposit.
MissingMoney.com is a useful site for official missing money. But what about all those other places you lose money? Sometimes in our rush to do things, we shove coins and bills into nooks and crannies of our homes and cars. Sometimes we’re careless and drop our change.
If you’re strapped for cash, do a search of your home and vehicles. Check under those couch cushions, inside jacket pockets, old purses, glove compartments, and car seats. You may be pleasantly surprised to find a few bucks you didn’t know you had.
The little bits of money do add up, but they can only add up if we keep track of where they are.