Keeping track of where your money goes… literally.

Every once in a while I like to throw out something fun that you can do with your computer, without all the hassle of taking it apart or rearranging your files.

This time around, I’d like to talk about a Web site that’s fun for the whole family; it’s even more fun than shopping at OWC (though not by much)! All you need to take part is an Internet connection, a Web browser, and… a dollar.

I am, of course, talking about longtime Internet mainstay, “Where’s George?” (or its Canadian cousin, “Where’s Willy?”).

After a quick (and free) registration process, the actual participation is fairly simple. Enter in some basic information about the bill (denomination, serial number, etc.) and ZIP code of where you found, then submit the information. Once you’ve done that, clearly print the URL of the site (www.wheresgeorge.com) on the bill.*

Then, go spend it!

If someone finds the bill and goes to the Web site, they can enter in the bill information, and you’ll get a notice telling you that your bill has been found. You can then go to the site to see where it was found, and you can track it over time. It’s actually quite fascinating. I’ve had bills cross the country twice.

Of course, there’s another piece to this, too. If you get bills that have “www.wheresgeorge.com” written on them, make sure you enter them in and help others track their bills.

Who knows, you may even wind up helping me

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend.

*According to the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing, ”…currency defacement is generally defined as follows:Whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued…” so as long as you keep the printing small, and don’t damage the bill, you should be okay.


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