Saving up $1,000 in your checking account is a big milestone. But leaving the money in checking likely doesn’t make much sense since most checking accounts pay minimal or no interest.
Once you’ve worked hard to amass $1,000, you want to put your money to work for you. Here are eight money moves you can make to get the most bang for your buck and get on the path towards a bright financial future.
Earn Passive Income by Investing in Real Estate
Imagine getting a check in the mail every few months for just holding a little bit of money in an account. Sounds amazing, right?
With Fundrise, an investment of as little as $10 can start earning you passive income through quarterly distributions. You’ll get to invest in some of the hottest real estate deals without the headaches that come with being a landlord.
It takes less than 1 minute to create an account with your email and password, and you don’t have to invest a dime until you know it’s right for you. Be sure to confirm your account by clicking the link in the email they send you.
The investments do come with risk. Fundrise has paid distributions every quarter since at least Q2 2016, but your payment is never guaranteed.
For the service, you’ll pay a 0.85% annual asset management fee and a 0.15% annual investment advisory fee.
Cancel your car insurance
We’ve got bad news. You could be wasting $500 every year on overpriced, second-rate car insurance. And you should probably cancel your existing insurance right now, because there’s something much better.
This new tool from FinanceBuzz can tell you if you’re overpaying for your car insurance in just a few clicks. On average, we find around $500 a year in savings for drivers. And once you try it out, you’ll never have to look for affordable insurance again because we find you the lowest rates that other companies can’t match.
Oh, and it’s also free. And come on — you can’t tell us you don’t want to save up to $500. To find out if you’re losing up to $500 or more a year, just enter your zip code here, answer a few questions and see if you’re overpaying. It takes less than 2 minutes.
Stop overpaying when you shop online
Shopping online has its perks. It’s super convenient, but it can be time consuming to find the best deals. Instead of hunting for coupon codes (that don’t always work!) and opening tons of browser tabs comparing prices, you can try Capital One Shopping.
Capital One Shopping makes saving money effortless. Just add the browser extension and when you check out, it’ll scour the internet for coupon codes to help you save cash. And before you check out at favorite stores like Amazon, Target, Home Depot, and Best Buy, Capital One Shopping will notify you with a friendly pop-up if the item you’re buying is available cheaper somewhere else.
Capital One Shopping is free to use and won’t show you ads. Add it today and stop overpaying!3
See how much money you can get back from this account
We hate to tell you this, really. But if you aren’t using the Aspiration debit card, you’re missing out on extra cash with every purchase you make. Don’t worry though… it’s easy to fix.
There’s a debit card from a company called Aspiration, and they give you up to 10% cash back every time you swipe your card. Like when you’re…
Shopping for clothes? Yep… cash back.
Going to the pharmacy? Mhmmm. Cash back.
Getting groceries for the week? Yes, cash back!
It’s so simple. Who doesn’t want extra money? To see how much you could earn, just enter your email address and link your bank account2. By the way, Aspiration is free, your money is kept safe with military-level security, and your deposits won’t fund fossil fuels.
Invest in the beverage with a historical 10.6% annual return
Wine, to be exact. Wine has had a 10.6% historical annual return over the last 15 years. Pretty good for an alternative asset, especially if you’re diversifying.
Vinovest makes wine investing simple, even if you’re not a wine expert. They combine master sommelier knowledge with AI-driven algorithms to choose potentially appreciating wines to invest in. Basically, they have a good idea of what wines could perform well over time, with data to back it up.
To keep your wine safe, Vinovest is insured with an FDIC equivalent for wine, protecting each bottle against breakage and loss. Their state-of-the-art, climate-controlled storage facilities help keep your wines safe. And if you ever want to drink the bottles you invested in, you can. You can always buy more, sell for a potential profit, or enjoy them whenever you want.
Pay No Interest Until April 2023
Imagine getting 15 billing cycles with 0% interest on a balance transfer or a big purchase. You could dramatically change your financial picture with this industry-leading low-interest card – the Bank of America® Customized Cash Rewards credit card.
If you want to kick high-interest credit card debt to the curb, this is one of the best get-out-of-debt cards available. Transfer your high interest debt to this card with a 0% intro APR for 15 billing cycles (on balance transfers made in the first 60 days) on balance transfers (transfer fee $10 or 3%, whichever is greater). Your payments can go directly to paying down your balance without incurring a pile of additional charges. That could save you hundreds of dollars in interest!
It doesn’t just stop with balance transfers though. Cardholders also get a generous intro APR of 0% for 15 billing cycles on purchases. After the intro period for purchases and balance transfers, then APR is 13.99% to 23.99% (variable).
Plus, new cardholders can get a one-time cash bonus — earn a $200 online cash rewards bonus after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days of account opening. Use your card just for essentials at the gas station or grocery stores, and you can easily meet the spending requirement.
Add to this the fact that this card offers a 3% cash back on the category of your choice; 2% cash back at grocery stores and wholesale clubs (on the first $2,500 spent each quarter in the 2% and 3% categories combined); and 1% cash back on all other purchases, you’ve also got one of the best cash back cards on the market – customized to the way you spend!
The best part? There’s no annual fee.
Bonus: Build wealth better than the 1%
The 1% doesn’t deserve all the riches. So why do we keep letting it happen?
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