Making more than $5,000 a month 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, 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.
Invest in Apple, Amazon, and other companies for just $5
Once you've paid all your essential monthly bills, you may want to take a look at what's left in your bank account and come up with an investing strategy. Even if it's not a lot of money, you don't have to let that stop you — you can start investing with $5 or less.
Stash was built to help beginner investors get started. You can buy fractional shares (partial shares) in companies that are household names like Apple, Google, Amazon, and more6. Normally a single share of these companies could cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, but you only need as little as $5 to get started with Stash.
If you're thinking about saving for retirement, you can start investing in an IRA and enjoy the tax benefits that come with retirement accounts. Stash also offers tools and guidance to help you along the way.
As a bonus, Stash will give you $10 to invest after you deposit $5 or more into your personal portfolio.2 Want even more tools and guidance? If you choose the Stash+ plan3 when signing up, you can earn 2x stock rewards when you spend on eligible purchases!7
Leave your family up to $1,500,000 starting at just $10 a month
Purchasing a life insurance policy is a great way to protect your family financially, and it won't make a noticeable dent in your budget if you're making more than $5,000/month. A life insurance policy can help ensure that your family is taken care of in the event of your death. While no one likes thinking about that possibility, it’s important to be prepared for it nonetheless.
Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune or fill out lengthy paperwork to apply for coverage. With Bestow, the premiums start as low as $10/month. If approved, you can see your actual policy within just a few minutes and obtain coverage from the comfort of your home. There's no medical exam required.
Save up to $500 on car insurance in Virginia
Car insurance can be expensive, so you want to make sure you're not overpaying on your current premium.
FinanceBuzz has made it easy to search and compare quotes. Think of it as Kayak, but for car insurance.
We can help match you to insurance carriers and regional agencies to help you save on your car insurance. FinanceBuzz can save drivers up to $500 per year compared to their current insurance premiums.
It takes less than 5 minutes to fill out the form and you'll receive a list of matches that show you online, email, and potentially phone quotes.
Budget better and trim up to $720 from your bills
Ever look at your bank account and wonder where that $5k you made this month went? Poof, it's gone and you're not exactly sure where you spent it. A budgeting app like Truebill can help you take control of your money — spend intentionally on the things you value and stop throwing money away on unimportant things.
Once you have a complete picture of your finances, it's easy to see ways to save. And Truebill can help make those potential savings a reality. Their expert negotiators can call the cable company and phone company to help lower your bills. They'll also help you cancel unwanted subscriptions and put that money back in your bank account where it belongs.
Truebill has already helped save its members over $50,000,000 on their bills without much time and effort.
Refinance your home while interest rates are at historic lows
One of your biggest monthly expenses is probably your mortgage. So much of your hard-earned money goes to paying for it every month. But what if there was a way to lower your monthly mortgage payment... or even pay it off faster?
If your credit score is good or excellent, you might qualify to save money on your mortgage by comparing lenders and switching by using Lower My Bills.
Just answer a few simple questions about your home and finances, and Lower My Bills will try to match you with lenders who could help you refinance. Filling out the form takes less than 3 minutes, and it won't affect your credit.
Get the cash you need without leaving home
If you need quick access to cash, a home equity line of credit (HELOC) from Figure is one of the simplest and fastest options available.
You can get a HELOC from Figure4 without ever leaving home. Whether you'll use the money for debt consolidation, a home improvement project, or a major purchase, you could have your money in days, not months.
Their online application is fast and easy to complete. There's no in-person appraisal needed and they even have online video notaries available in some locations. You could receive funding in just 5 days1 — get the money and get on with your life.
Checking your pre-qualified offers from Figure won’t impact your credit score,5 but you do need a credit score of at least 620 to qualify.
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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