National Find Your Missing Money Day is April 16th!

Celebrate by looking for money you may not even know you’re missing. The special day was founded to remind people to search at least once a year because new listings are added all the time.

It’s simple to get started.

First rule: Never, ever pay for an online search.

Go to www.unclaimed.org and look in any state you lived in under every name you‘ve used. (NOTE: This is .org, NOT .com)

Another option is www.missingmoney.com. The problem is, not every state participates. On the home page, scroll down to the map of the US. Click on it. You’ll see a color-coded map. Green states have their information on missingmoney.com. Blue do not. If you live in one of the blue states, when you search missingmoney.com, even though you may have a listing in your state, it won’t show. In addition, the very old listings are not on missingmoney.com.

Each of these free search sites has additional information that frequently goes unnoticed. At the top of the home page is a link that will take you to federal and international sites.

At least do the basic search. You have all the information you need for that.

Here’s a bonus search tip: from The Little Book of Missing Money – A Quick and Easy Guide to Finding Money that is Rightfully Yours:

If you’re looking up deceased relatives, under Last Name, enter Estate of; Est of; The Estate of. In California, it brings up more than 18,500 listings! In New York you’ll find 3,700. It works to varying degrees in each state.

There are dozens more places to search and dozens of search tips, information about finder’s fees including each state’s laws about them, signs of a missing money scam, ways to prevent your money from going to the state and more in The Little Book of Missing Money – A Quick and Easy Guide to Finding Money that is Rightfully Yours.

It’s available in paperback for $15.95, for all ereaders for $9.99 or to download directly to your computer for $9.99.