Monday, August 3, 2020

Tips To Finding Hidden Money During Trying Times



Have you been looking for ways to make money during COVID-19?   Everyone is struggling right now due to this virus. In this post, I will be sharing tips on how to find hidden money. Yes, you read that right.  Hidden money that you can claim and items that you can sell.

Tip 1

Every state has an unclaimed property/funds that you can check online. Just go online and type "Unclaimed Property in (STATE)NY or PA/FL/CA/HI whichever state you have resided in or currently reside.  A website will open, and you put in your information and see what pops up. For women, remember to use your maiden name and then type again using your married name.  You will be surprised by what appears that you were not waiting for.  If you have lived in multiple states check these sites Missingmoney.com and Unclaimed.org  I suggest just to put your name and omit the state and see what opens up.  


 
As you see above, I checked Missingmoney.com. This site is good as it shows you money for more than one state. It will show your name and any address that you have lived.  Note, each state is different as some show a range for an amount while others do not. Once you make a claim, you will get an email with instructions on providing documentation.  Since offices are currently closed it is done online and/or via regular mail. You will be required to show proof it is you.  I surprised my family and friends when I sent them links for the money they had and never knew.   

NOTE ~ Do not respond to letters in the mail asking you to pay to find out what funds you have!!!  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY!!! IT IS FREE!!!  I cannot repeat this enough. I helped a person out that received a letter from a company telling them they had unclaimed funds but had to pay $50 for them to process it for them to get the funds sent to them.  Why pay a company when you can do it yourself for FREE?  Sometimes the amount you get back is way less than the fee they are charging.

****Try checking unclaimed property/funds every 3 months.****

These websites are updated, and it is your money. Why let it sit there when you need it the most. The money is waiting to be claimed by you.


Tip 2

Do you have any technology in your home that you no longer use? Such as an old laptop, tablet, or cell phone.  If you said yes, then sell it.  This is your hidden money as technology sells. You can make some money selling items on eBay, Amazon, and many more. I would check out prices online first before you post so you get an idea of how much it is currently worth. Then post your items.  Remember to get good pictures of the products. Also, remember that even if it is old there is always someone looking for used parts. 



Tip 3

Have clothes, accessories, furniture that you no longer use? Sell them on Poshmark, Thredup, or Facebook Marketplace. Remember to be upfront with your description of each item. As I said above, get good pictures of the products. The piece will sell itself.  


Have you tried any of these tips? If so, leave me a comment and let me know if you found any unclaimed funds or were able to sell your items and make a some money. 

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22 comments:

  1. I love these ideas. I am all for finding more money. With two kids who eat constantly, I feel like I'm always spending it on food.

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  2. It is so smart to sell older tech gadgets and slightly worn clothes. I feel like there is so much waste in this country and people throw away useful things.

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  3. Usually I donate my slightly worn clothes, but selling them would be a good option. Why not find extra cash? :)

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  4. These are some great ideas to help make some extra money at a time where we are all struggling. I could definitely do with going through things we have and putting some items up for sale.

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  5. Great tips! I could definitely use some hidden money with another baby coming. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Fabulous ideas! I have been going through the house and selling any and everything I don't have a purpose for. I have made a lot of money that way!

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  7. I have been doing some of this sometimes we do not know but we have so much accumulated on our homes that we can transform into money on difficult time.

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  8. These are great tips. I have tried Threadup and need to send some clothes in soon.

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  9. I checked out those websites, sadly I haven't any money out there to collect.

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  10. I really enjoyed reading this post. These are really helpful tips.

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  11. wow! These are really great tips! I have some old technology that I don't use for a while and I can sell it. I will also check those sites!

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  12. Great tips for trying times! My hubby likes to search for unclaimed funds from time and time and he even searches to see if relatives have money, lol. He's found a couple hundred dollars for family members who had no idea they had unclaimed funds out there.

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  13. These are great ideas for finding some extra money. I looked up unclaimed funds last year, and we found a bunch!

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  14. Such great tips. We have things here that we are planning to sell on the Facebook Marketplace soon. -LYNNDEE

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  15. This post came at the perfect time. I need some extra money to help pay for some big expenses around here.

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  16. What great ideas to sell what is no longer used and turn it into cash. We do this from time to time and this is a good reminder to revisit the closet and what is no longer useful :)

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  17. Hidden money sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing how to find it, especially during these difficult times.

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  18. Thanks for sharing these tips! I think almost everyone is feeling the pinch right now.

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  19. We tend to go through things we don't need and are still in good condition, and sell them on the likes of ebay etc. It works and helps de-clutter.

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  20. I actually do this kind of selling. Selling my clothes that i am not wearing anymore, my things so i can buy needs especially this pandemic.

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  21. These are great tips, yes money is important during this pandemic.

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  22. I used to give away my old clothes but selling those just slightly worn would be great.

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