Who can't use a little (or a lot of) extra cash once in a while?
Ooh! ooh! Me! Pick me!
Well, my hubby introduced me to a little gem of a tip that has been a pleasant surprise to everyone who's tried it.
Did you know that there are over $16 Billion dollars worth of unclaimed funds floating out in the world? Yes, that's B-B-BILLION.
Unclaimed funds = "unclaimed bank accounts, stocks, insurance proceeds, utility deposits, un-cashed checks and other forms of personal property" that haven't been claimed, or "cashed out" in a sense (explained HERE).
When my hubby heard about this, he investigated. He found a site called MissingMoney.com. In a nutshell, it's a government site that keeps track of un-cashed or forgotten funds that are waiting to be claimed.
Just for kicks my husband typed in his name.
Guess what? He had TWO unclaimed assets!
He thinks they were from old bank accounts from forever ago that had a little bit of money still left in them, that he had completely forgotten about.
According to their website, common types of unclaimed property include:
- Bank accounts and safe deposit box contents
- Stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and dividends
- Uncashed checks and wages
- Insurance policies, CD's, trust funds
- Utility deposits, escrow accounts
It's a super simple way to get a little extra cash in your pocket! It worked for us, so it certainly doesn't hurt to try. And, of course, I recommend putting the money in your slush fund or savings account if your debt is paid off :)
Enjoy your extra cash-ola!
Photo source for intro graphic found HERE