On Thursday, I shared a web site that helps users find unclaimed property. I hoped some readers might find it useful, but I didn’t expect it to be nearly this successful. Commenters report finding $50, $100, or even more missing money. J.L. wrote:
Since your blog yesterday, I have been personally responsible for finding for co-workers and family over $5000 in unclaimed property. Everyone in my office wants to thank you for the post yesterday. Too bad that I didn’t have any unclaimed property, but oh well.
On a related note, Yahoo! Travel has some info on how you can score leftover loot — surplus items and confiscated goods from various state agencies. I’ve never looked into this before, but now I’m curious. I’ve bookmarked the State of Oregon surplus property page for future reference.
Next, Nickel discusses the notion of keeping some cash on hand, hidden away somewhere around the house. “How many people do this?” he wonders. Kris and I don’t keep any money around our place, so it’s interesting to read all the commenters at Nickel’s site who keeps several hundred dollars hidden in their homes. This concept had never even occurred to me.
Elsewhere, On Moneymaking has created a “logical guide” that explains how to find work that you love:
You might need to go through this process several times. You’ll start your dream job, find out you don’t like it as much as you thought, and then move onto the next one. I’m going through that process for the fourth time in nine years. Every time, I get a little closer, enjoying my work a little more. And know what? It’s worth it.
Finally, here’s an example of creative frugality. Parents frequently find themselves looking for cheap ways to entertain their children. My three-year-old friend Henry loves vacuum cleaners. Today, his mother and father took him visit a free vacuum cleaner museum. I’m not sure which part of this I find most hilarious: that Henry loves vacuums, or that there is a museum devoted to them. Regardless, I applaud Henry’s parents for finding an inexpensive way to indulge their son’s interest.
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