How to Search for Unclaimed Money in 3 Easy Steps

Everyone could use a little extra cash around the holidays.

1. Search the state where you live. First go to and fill in your name and state of residence. Unclaimed funds are usually held where you live, so this is where you begin. Hit “go” and see if you get any hits from this initial effort. If your state does not participate with this site, continue to step 2.

3. Search other states. To be thorough, you can search directly with the 11 states that don’t participate with MissingMoney. You should definitely do this if you’ve lived in any of them: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Oregon, South Carolina and Wyoming. To do this, go to (NOTE, that is .org NOT .com). Click a state on the map and it will link you to that state’s unclaimed money page.

With all three of these steps, if you see unclaimed accounts that belong to you, simply follow the instructions for claiming them. Guess what? In the process of writing this column, I even found a small one for myself! A gift certificate that was never used. You can often make small claims like that completely online. Larger ones may require hard copy paperwork and proof. Let me know how this 3-step approach works for you by posting in the comment section below. Good luck!

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