My husband just filled out his paperwork to claim $68 dollars. Now, that’s no 6.1 million dollars that was recently found in the form of a lost stock that you’ve seen on the news lately. But $68 dollars is a bill that I don’t have to pay one month in the near future and that is AWESOME. Have you ever looked into finding out if you are owed money somewhere? In my husband’s case, he had cancelled some insurance when he moved back to Michigan, but never got (or even thought about) the remaining money he had paid into his policy. Sometimes, it’s a utility or cable bill that was paid for a month and the balance on a person’s account was paid out, but the person never received the check because of mail-forwarding issues. Sometimes it is an uncashed paycheck from a job you left.
At any rate, $68 dollars could buy an entire set of Econobums with money left over for shipping and some dye free candy canes. I know that many of Everything Birth’s customers have switched to cloth for financial reasons, and that’s why I thought you might want to see if you have any unclaimed cash or property anywhere. Unfortunately there’s many sites that want to charge you to find something that you can very easily find yourself. So, these are some safe links so that you can claim your cash directly and without having to pay a fee.
Search by State with NAUPA
The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) is a non-profit organization affiliated with the National Association of State Treasurers and the Council of State Governments. Use this link to go directly to the map where you can click on your state to find the various indexes to search for your money. In my state, we simply searched by name. I couldn’t help but search for my friends and family too.
Search the FDIC
With so many banks going under and transitioning, some money is bound to get lost. The FDIC insured most of these banks. So you can search their database here. All you have to do is scroll down a little bit and type your last name and hit submit. It will search for you.
Search the Treasury
If you follow this link and scroll down to the bottom you can search the Treasury for possible saving bonds or treasury notes. Billions of dollars in savings bonds have stopped earning interest, but haven’t been cashed. Maybe your relative bought you a savings bond but your parent never remembered where they put it. They have records of these things. You could end up finding all sorts of money here.
Search Missing Money
From the Michigan Department of Treasury I found another cool link that has searches for many of the states. Click here to go to the interactive map to search by state brought to you by Missing Money.
Search the NCUA
If your money was in a credit union that went under, visit the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) by clicking here to track down your money. If you scroll down, it will have an index that is in PDF form. (Here’s the direct link) Do a “Find on page” search in your browser to search for your last name so you don’t have to keep scrolling down.
What are you waiting for? The searches are quick. If you find something, come back and let us know!