You’ve done it. You’ve built up a little cushion in your bank account — $1,000! It feels good, right? Those days of checking your account balance in a panic are behind you.
Congrats! You’re on the right path. Now it’s time to think about some longer-term goals. What do you want to accomplish next with your money? Do you need to save more? Do you want to buy a home someday? Invest?
What’s the next step you should take? What are some specific things you can do to take your finances to the next level?
We’ve got some ideas for you:
1. Buy an Apartment Building (Even if You’re Not Rich)
The uber wealthy 1% have access to exclusive, lucrative real estate investments that seem totally out of reach to the rest of us.
But not anymore. A company called CalTier lets you invest in commercial real estate — specifically, multi-family apartment complexes across the country — for as little as $500.
Traditionally, you’d need a six-figure income or a million-dollar net worth to invest like this.
Instead, CalTier lets you invest like the big wigs in the real estate world, even if you’re not rich. Investments in multi-family housing have outperformed the S&P 500 for the last 20 years* — and it’s expected to grow another 33% this year alone.
CalTier also gives you a 30 day money-back guarantee. And if you have any questions along the way, you can talk to a real human to get them answered.
Ready to join the ranks of wealthy and institutional real-estate investors? It’s easy to open a free account and get started here.
2. See if You Can Get More Money From This Company
Here’s the deal: If you’re not using Aspiration’s debit card, you’re missing out on extra cash. And who doesn’t want extra cash right now?
Yep. When you sign up for a debit card called Aspiration, you could get up to 5% back when you swipe at certain stores — plus they give you up to 50 times the normal national interest rate on your savings balance.
It’s perfect for earning extra cash for things that are already on your shopping list. You were going to buy these things anyway — why not get this extra money in the process?
This card used to have a huge waiting list, but now you can sign up for free.
Just enter your email address here and link your bank account to see how much extra cash you can get with your free Aspiration account. And don’t worry. Your money is FDIC insured and under a military-grade encryption. That’s nerd talk for “this is totally safe.”
3. Cancel Your Car Insurance
Here’s the thing: your current car insurance company is probably overcharging you. But don’t waste your time hopping around to different insurance companies looking for a better deal.
Use a website called EverQuote to see all your options at once.
EverQuote is the largest online marketplace for insurance in the US, so you’ll get the top options from more than 175 different carriers handed right to you.
Take a couple of minutes to answer some questions about yourself and your driving record. With this information, EverQuote will be able to give you the top recommendations for car insurance. In just a few minutes, you could save up to $610 a year.
4. Create a $20K Nest Egg
Imagine if you had bought one share of Amazon for $18 when the stock first went public. Today, it would be worth more than $20,000 — despite all the ups and downs in the stock market.
Here’s the thing about millionaires: They know the sooner you start investing, the better. And we found a company that will give you free stock to get started.
An investing app called Robinhood will give you up to $200 worth of free stock in companies like Visa, Microsoft and GE, just for downloading its app and opening a free account.
Robinhood is free and easy to navigate, which is why more than 10 million people use it — including both news junkies looking to outsmart the market and people who want to carefully put a few bucks away in a long-term investment.
5. Let This Company Negotiate With Your Credit Card Company
If you’re struggling with credit card debt, you know how hopeless your options can feel. Continuing to make your minimum payments? Declaring bankruptcy? Taking out an expensive loan? No thanks.
That’s why we like a debt-relief company called Freedom Debt Relief.
Their program negotiates directly with your creditor to help you find a way to get rid of debt much faster and for less money than making your minimum payments — and you don’t have to declare bankruptcy or take out a loan.
You’ll start with a free consultation with an expert who will review your finances. With debt relief, you’ll need to show why you’re struggling to make your payments. Then you’ll stop using your credit cards while Freedom’s negotiators talk to each of your creditors to secure a settlement — a lump sum or structured settlement that’s less than what you owe. Once you approve the settlement offer from the creditor, you’ll begin paying it. You don’t owe anything unless they negotiate a settlement for you.
You can cut down a lot of what you owe this way, pay less than you’d be paying your creditors each month and get rid of debt.
As for your credit score: When you choose to stop making your credit card payments to help Freedom Debt Relief better negotiate your settlement, you might take a temporary hit to your score. But Freedom Debt Relief’s studies show that people who use their program come out with similar or higher credit — and with much less debt.
They’ve already helped 800,000 people negotiate more than $15 billion in debt. Set up a free consultation to see how much you could save.
*average expenditure $88/mo.
The Aspiration Spend & Save Accounts are cash management accounts offered through Aspiration Financial, LLC, a registered broker-dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC, and a subsidiary of Aspiration Partners, Inc. (“Aspiration”). Aspiration is not a bank.
An offering statement regarding this offering has been filed with the SEC. The SEC has qualified that offering statement, which only means that the company may make sales of the securities described by the offering statement. It does not mean that the SEC has approved, passed upon the merits or passed upon the accuracy or completeness of the information in the offering statement. You may obtain a copy of the offering circular that is part of that offering statement here:
You should read the offering circular before making any investment.
There is no guarantee of success, and there is a potential for loss of your investment.
*Investing involves the risk of loss.
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