Fru Gal

The adventures of a Frugal Gal as she seeks the best that little money can buy.

Friday, October 21, 2005

I love missingmoney.com

I love missingmoney.com. This free, web clearing house for the unclaimed funds departments of over 20 states is a great hour of surfing fun. Just go to their site, type in your name, or the name of someone you know, and voila, a list of money that may belong to them.

Since I started my habit of checking in every other month or so, I've found friends and family a total of $3,200. Most of the checks have been small, $50 to $100, but in June I made the big score, finding my cousin Lisa $1,500. Woo woo!

It takes about ten weeks from the time I let someone know they're on the website, to the time the check arrives from the state. And while missingmoney.com doesn't present all states, they do have links to every state Office of the Treasurer, so you can skip over to those sites and search.

Where does the money come from? Why is it on the site? I can tell you the one time I found myself, ($113) it was a travel reimbursement from an old job. Instead of sending it to my home (the bastards) they turned it over to the state. Who knew they were so bitter about losing me?

And I love finding money for other people and letting them know about it. It's my chance to feel like a wealthy philanthropist, scattering $100 bills over the people I know and love. Last night I poured a glass of wine, logged on, and spent a happy hour surfing. I found money for SG's aunt, my old boss, and my cousin Kevin.

So check it out!

2 Comments:

At 6:07 AM, Blogger sundlight said...

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At 4:39 AM, Blogger Laura said...

Hey Kara! YAY! You have a blog! I can help you with buttons, uploading pix, etc. Watch out for the comment spammers -- above. Can help with that too!

Cool tip on the missing money site!

 

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