Surprising Ways to Get Your Money Back From the U.S. Government

Imagine a pile of money sitting on your front stoop waiting for you to pick it up. But instead of collecting it, you hurry past the mound of cash every morning in a rush to get on with your day.

When you don’t claim money owed to you by the government, you essentially do the same thing. Each year, billions of dollars worth of cash and benefits sit stagnant, waiting for someone to declare ownership. Read on for some easy ways to get free money from the government. One simple move could save you hundreds (page 9).

1. Money for your honey

A researcher collects a bee from a hive

A bee researcher collects “nurse bees” in a hive. | Natalie Behring/Getty Images

If bees don’t scare you, they may be your ticket to an additional paycheck. Under certain terms, the government will pay you $200 per hive — up to $2,400 annually — to raise healthy, helpful bees. These little insects hold a key to environmental health after all.

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