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Hidden treasure at home

You sometimes hear of people finding money belonging to them in a dormant bank account held at the Bank of Canada. Or maybe they discover some unclaimed disbursements from an estate or insurance policy. Or a variety of other places.
Recently I was reminded that there can also be plenty of treasure buried within the confines of ones own home. The dollar amounts arent large but they can add up. Today, for example, I stumbled on some forgotten emails in my Inbox offering to refund subscription fees for a cancelled online game my son was enrolled in. To claim, I just had to reply to the email.
That got me to thinking perhaps I should formalize a running list of outstanding items like: aging gift certificates, cashed-up digital cards for photocopiers, unused credit balances at outlets with no money-back policies and so on. Here is a list of what I dug up over the past yearand from a quick peek around my home office just now. I know there is more booty lurking aroundthe house in other places. I can just feel it in my bones. Stay tuned!

  • Recreational Center – $94 (credit for cancelled swimming lessons)
  • Family-Amusement Park Fun Card – $65 (for playing games)
  • Exhibition arcade tokens -$4
  • Richmond Tree Nursery – $190 (gift coupon from house builder)
  • Gift certificate from outdoors store – $50
  • Digital card for photocopy machine – $15 (university library)
  • Digital card for photocopy machine – $5 (public library)
  • Mini Putt card (one free game for 6 visits)
  • Chapters iReward card unused (but expired) iReward points?
  • Unsubmitted claims to spouses medical plan -$325 (6-12 months old)
  • Starbucks Card – $6 (purchased to access local wireless network)
  • Coins insidecouches – $6
  • Coins in pockets of golf bag -$37 (sitting there forlast 2 years)
  • Vector City Racers online game – $12 (subscription refund for closing down)
  • Casino slot-machine tokens -$15 (from visit 8 years ago)