8 Ways to reclaim your own money

© Andrea Reynolds 2009-2016; From the archives


In a recession money becomes more precious. We’re more careful to find ways to spend it wisely. Yet I continue to see smart people abandoning money. I know this because I see authors, speakers, and experts who expect no payment for their work even when payment is available. When I decided to pursue damages after my constitutional rights were violated resulting in no income for several years, my friends all tried to convince me that I should let the money go and forget about it. Why? Should Bernie Madoff’s victims just forget about their losses? I hope not.

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While you may not have lost millions or hundreds of thousands of dollars, you can recover several thousand dollars over the course of a year. That money could pay off a debt, buy groceries for a year, or cover multiple mortgage payments. Why deny yourself your own money?

The following eight suggestions may bring you small amounts of money for a little effort and time, yet when added up, could bring you a significant sum of “bonus” money.

1.
Overcharges. Check hotel bills and grocery bills. If you were overcharged you’re entitled to a refund of the overpayment, and some stores will give you the product free and/or give you double your money back.

2.
Overpayments. Did you pay your utility company more money than you owed before you moved out of state? Maybe you threw the statement into a box before you moved and never gave it another thought. And maybe you forgot to notify the utility company of your new address.

3.
Unreturned deposits. Perhaps you left an apartment and never received your security or key deposit. That’s your money. Write a letter and insist on payment. If you posted a $100 security deposit with a utility company, get it back.

4.
Unpaid invoices. Did you do work for a client who never paid? Did you earn commissions that you never received? Follow through with documentation, and remind them that you still expect payment.

5.
Payment made on services not provided. Did you pay a retainer to a professional but they didn’t show up. Don’t just forget it, get it back.

6.
Price matches.  Take the time to check out prices in various stores even after you have purchased an item, like a camera, lawnmower, or a bed. If the store has a price match guarantee, take your receipt and proof of a competitor’s better price, and ask for the difference.

7.
Unpaid loans. Did you give up trying to recover money lent to a friend? If they are doing well now ask them to start paying you back in regular installments.

8.
Damages. If a dentist breaks your tooth while drilling, insist on payment for the extra cost of repairing or replacing the tooth. If someone plagiarized your work, invoice him for stealing your intellectual property.

If you treat money with respect, more of it will show up in your life. Say yes to recovering your own money.

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Several years ago money blogger Andrea Reynolds launched a service – www.RestitutionService.com – to assist individuals in recovering large amounts of money swindled from them. Not a lawyer, she has had a very high success rate so far, without employing bullying tactics, insults or harassment. If you've lost money to someone perhaps Andrea can help you get it back.


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