This Week's Challenge: Find your long lost money!


#21

This is so silly considering how I have always been good with money (minus that 500k in mortgage debt :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:), but when I was about 20 and living in Oregon my mom got a letter in the mail from a bank I belonged to. They were wondering if I was still alive since I hadn’t made any withdrawals or deposits in 2 years. I totally forgot the account existed! In a moment I was $2500 richer than I was 2 moments before!! Hmmmm… I wonder if there is any other $$ I’ve forgotten about…


#22

Holy cow! So, you just forgot about the account?

Did you remember after they contacted you? And was there a reason you stopped using it? (did you move away and just stop using it?)


#23

Check your couch and your coat pockets and your car!!


#24

Yup - I moved and totally forgot about it. And omg, You have just inspired me to write about this story. It was such a weird time in my life and the outcome is something I still struggle with- success amongst your peers. I’ve been searching for inspiration this past week and this post just wrote itself. Thanks @DerekOlsen!!


#25

Sounds like a great read. Let us know when it’s up.


#26

Yes! Let us know if it works out, how much it was, and what the money was from. Pretty please.


#27

PSA, most states have timeframes that companies need to hand over unclaimed money to the state for safe keeping. Sometimes companies will hold on for a decade. So it is worth it to check your state’s site every few years.

Also, if you have trouble providing/identifying proof call your state representative to help you navigate something acceptable for your state’s controller.


#28

Thanks for the tip. I want my $89! But I have to figure out proof for that old address…


#29

Nothing for me, unfortunately, but I found my mom $19.98 from an old upromise credit card account :joy:


#30

I had no idea.

So you’re saying there’s a chance.

Maybe we will repeat this challenge once every decade. :wink:


#31

Oh definitely check more than once. In general, I started watching my pennies much more closely only about 5 years ago. I had terrible finances. I easily could have closed an account and not realized the company prorated the final month after I thought it was closed. Or after a move things don’t get forwarded. Also, it’s pretty easy to get money from deceased loved ones if you are the clear heir.


#32

The hubs just found a huge chunk by checking our state’s treasury site, but we check regularly and the way we found out this time was kind of weird. Scam alert, really. It’s a bit complicated, so I’ll just link if that’s acceptable: http://femmefrugality.com/how-to-get-whats-yours/


#33

Took a while… but a I got a check for $91. Looks like it was a deposit to the utility company when I lived in Michigan. Score!

:pray::metal:


#34

no way! Thanks for letting us know!


#35

Nice!!

That’s the thing with this stuff - takes a little effort/time, but usually worth the pay out in the end. Quite literally :slight_smile: If only people took the few mins to check every few years!