5 places you instantly find money you didn’t know you had

Did you know that there are currently billions of pounds hidden away from people who don't know they have them? And it's easy to check.
It may sound surprising but £77 billion worth (that’s almost 200 thousand million!) sits unclaimed in forgotten investments, pensions bank accounts and a whole range of other places here - mostly because we never checked for ourselves!

1. Old pensions

If you've moved jobs a few times, there's a good chance you've left behind a few pension pots. It's easy to forget about them, but they could be worth a lot of money. Use a pension tracing service to help find those lost pension schemes.

2. Unclaimed benefits

If you're entitled to certain benefits but don't claim them, the government could owe you money. Check what you're entitled to and make sure you're getting everything you're owed.

3. Rebates and refunds

You may be owed money from utility companies, supermarkets, or even the taxman. Check your records and see if you're due any refunds or rebates.

4. Lost bank accounts

If you've had a bank account that you no longer use, there's a chance it could be classified as 'dormant'. This means the bank has no way of contacting you, but the money is still yours.

5. Forgotten savings

Have you ever put money into a savings account and then forgotten about it? It happens to more people than you might think. Check your accounts and see if you have any forgotten savings that you can claim.

If you're struggling to make ends meet, it's worth checking if you have any money that you didn't know about. You might be surprised at how much you could find!