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Brits lose £155 million down the back of the sofa every year, but how can you find some extra cash?

Fortunes lost down back of the sofa

Brits lose £155 million down the back of the sofa every year, with another £145m in loose change apparently just lying around the home.

So says a study by furniture retailer Distinctive Chesterfield, which showed Londoners are the most careful with their change, while people in the East Midlands find the most behind the cushions.

But if you’ve already checked the sofa and drawers, where could you lay your hands on some extra cash?

Don’t need it? Maybe try selling it

Think that’s a lot of money to be lost in the sofa? Well it’s nothing compared to the £838.5m of old mobile phones gathering dust in our homes, according to gadget insurer Row.

Old laptops, with a value of more than £742m, and £466m of games consoles are also forgotten about.

But you don’t need to stop at old tech. That fancy bit of kitchen equipment you used once, the sports gear you bought when you promised yourself you were going to get in shape, clothes that don’t fit anymore. Anything you don’t need or use can be turned into cash.

Cut back to collect cash

If you really want some extra cash, then it might be worth taking a closer look at your spending.

Buy a cup of coffee every morning? That caffeine habit could be costing you more than £900 a year.

Your weekend take-away might seem like a nice treat, but this could be costing you over £1,000 a year.

Cutting back on these everyday expenses can quickly add up to extra money in your pocket.

Find lost bank accounts

There’s a staggering £850m lying unclaimed in lost bank accounts in the UK and finding out if any of it is yours could not be simpler and won’t cost you a penny.

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