1. Invest like a tycoon (even if you’re not wealthy)

This year has been a rollercoaster. Historically, though, real-estate investing offers the best long-term returns. (Does the name Rockefeller ring a bell?)

That’s why we like investing with pros like DiversyFund. They’ll help you make long-term investments in apartments and office buildings all over the country — and you don’t have to be a millionaire. You can get started with only $500.

You can see exactly which properties are included in your portfolios — like a 200-unit apartment complex in Killeen, Texas or a 59-unit building in San Diego. And you don’t have to be the landlord — DiversyFund does all the heavy lifting.

Because they know how to ride out the market’s ups and downs, they’ve historically seen annual returns of 17% to 18%, though they can’t make any promises.

As a partial owner, you make money on rent payments and when property values go up. It takes just a few minutes to sign up and own your first apartment building.

So you don’t need a fortune to invest in real estate. All you need to get started is $500.

2. Ask this website to pay your credit card bill this month

You’re making good money now, but that doesn’t mean your debt magically disappears. If you need some help, we found a company that will pay your credit card bill this month. No, like… the whole bill.

Your credit card is getting rich by ripping you off with insane rates, but a company called Credible could help you pay them off tomorrow.

Here’s how it works: Credible will match you with a low-interest loan you can use to pay off every credit card balance you have. The benefit? You’re left with just one bill to pay every month, and because the interest rate is so much lower, you can get out of debt so much faster. Plus, no credit card payment this month.

Credible won’t make you stand in line or call a bank. And if you’re worried you won’t qualify, it’s free to check online. It takes just two minutes, and it could save you thousands of dollars. Totally worth it.

You’re making great progress in your career. Don’t let your credit card company hold you back.

3. Give your family $1M

Have you thought about how your family would manage without your income after you’re gone? How they’ll pay the bills? Send the kids through school?

Here’s the thing: You should keep a healthy amount of savings in the bank, but if you want to give your family up to $1 million, use something called term life insurance from Bestow.

It takes just minutes to see how much you could leave your loved ones — without saving a gazillion dollars.

You can can get a free quote from Bestow until you’re 54 years old, but the sooner you take care of this, the cheaper it could be. (We hear some people are getting it for as little as $8 a month.)

4. Spend $5 to own a piece of Amazon, Google or other companies

Take a look at the Forbes Richest People list, and you’ll notice almost all the billionaires have one thing in common — they own another company.

But if you work for a living and don’t happen to have millions of dollars lying around, that can sound totally out of reach.

That’s why a lot of people use the app Stash. It lets you be a part of something that’s normally exclusive to the richest of the rich — buying pieces of other companies for as little as $1.

That’s right — you can invest in pieces of well-known companies, such as Amazon, Google or Apple, for as little as $1.*

The best part? When these companies profit, so can you. Some companies even send you a check every quarter for your share of the profits, called dividends.

It takes two minutes to sign up, plus Stash will give you a $5 sign-up bonus once you deposit $5 into your account.**

5. Grow your money 11x faster — without risking any of it

You’ve probably heard the best way to grow your money is to stick it in a savings account and leave it there for, well, ever. That’s bad advice.

But maybe you’re just looking for a place to safely stash it away — but still earn money. Under your mattress or in a safe will get you nothing. And a typical savings account won’t do you much better. (Ahem, .09% is nothing these days.)

But a debit card called Aspiration lets you earn up to 5% cash back and up to 11 times the average interest on the money in your account.

Not too shabby!

Enter your email address here to get a free Aspiration Spend and Save account. After you confirm your email, securely link your bank account so they can start helping you get extra cash. Your money is FDIC insured and they use a military-grade encryption which is nerd talk for “this is totally safe.”

6. Cancel your car insurance

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Chances are, you know it’s entirely possible to find a better deal on some of your pesky monthly bills but what a hassle.

Here’s an easy one to start with, though: Car insurance. You should be shopping your options every six months or so. It could save you some serious money.

A company called Gabi will do this for you. It makes it super easy to compare car insurance prices in a matter of minutes.

Take Lourdes Robles-Velazquez, for example. The single mom lives on a tight budget. She was paying $205 a month to insure two Toyota Priuses — hers and her daughter’s. By comparing prices, she knocked $80 off her monthly car insurance bill. That’s nearly $1,000 in savings per year.

Wondering how much you could save? Head over to Gabi for a free quote. It takes all of two minutes.

The Penny Hoarder is a Paid Affiliate/partner of Stash.

* This material is not intended as investment advice and is not meant to suggest that any securities are suitable investments for any particular investor. Investment advice is only provided to Stash customers.

** You’ll also bear the standard fees and expenses reflected in the pricing of the ETFs in your account, plus fees for various ancillary services charged by Stash.

*** Financial investment involves the risk of loss.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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