Has anyone ever used unclaimed.org to find money they were owed? Unclaimed.org is a website maintained by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. Basically, all sorts of unclaimed money — like forgotten security deposits, old paychecks, etc. — get sent there if you don’t collect your money within a set period of time.
A couple of years ago, I searched my name and found I was owed $81.13 for an old utility deposit. I Found $81 From an Old Deposit. Could You Have Forgotten Money, Too? Many years before that, I found an old paycheck from a part-time job I had in college. But my biggest find was my then-boyfriend’s $900 security deposit for an old apartment.
Obviously, this wasn’t free money. In fact, we both missed out on the opportunity to earn interest since the money earns 0% when it’s in the hands of your state’s treasurer. But when it’s money you’ve long forgotten about, it feels like free money.
About 1 in 10 people in the U.S. have unclaimed money. So it’s worth taking a minute or two to search your name on unclaimed.org to see if you, too, have long-forgotten money.