How to get a free $10 to invest in your future

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Acorns
Acorns takes willpower out of the equation.

Acorns is an investing service and savings tool rolled into one.

When you make a purchase on your credit or debit card, Acorns automatically rounds up the price to the nearest dollar and places the excess — the coins that would wind up in your pocket if you were paying cash — into a smart investment portfolio.

Let’s say you purchase a doughnut for $2.30. Before you’re done licking the sugar off your fingers, Acorns will round the amount to $3.00 and invest the 70-cent difference for you. That’s all there is to it.

Your spare change may not seem like much, but look at this math: $2.50 worth of daily round-ups add up to $900 per year — and that’s before your savings earn money in the market.

Signing up for Acorns takes less than five minutes, and you can start saving automatically for just $1 a month. You can even upgrade to add a retirement account and investment accounts for your kids — all boosted by your spare change.

Plus, if you sign up with this special link, Acorns will add $10 to your account as soon as you make your first investment.

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How your money grows with Acorns

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Acorns

Acorns will match you with one of its five different automated portfolios based on which is best suited to help you reach your unique financial goals.

Acorns' portfolios aren’t just your average work of algorithmic wizardry. They were put together with assistance from the very human, very Nobel Prize-winning economist Harry Markowitz.

Your portfolio is designed to automatically rebalance as the market changes, which means you don’t need to panic next time the New York Stock Exchange is in the headlines. You won’t pay trading fees, either.

Just keep using your card like you normally would, and feel good knowing your “spare change” is going toward something more rewarding than your next coffee.

9.5 million users and counting

Millions of people have already used Acorns to turn their spare change into money-making investments. Don’t let them have all the fun.

Sign up today and collect that $10 bonus just for getting started. Where your savings go from there is up to you.

Generating regular income should be a top priority for risk-averse investors.

And you don’t have to limit yourself to the stock market to do that.

For instance, some popular investing services let you lock in a steady rental income stream by investing in premium commercial real estate properties — from R&D campuses in San Jose to industrial e-commerce warehouses in Baltimore.

You’ll gain exposure to high-end properties that big-time real estate moguls usually have access to.

And the best part? You'll receive regular passive income in the form of cash distributions without any headaches or hassles.

About the Author

Dana Sitar, CEPF®

Dana Sitar, CEPF®

Freelance Contributor

Dana Sitar has been writing and editing since 2011, covering personal finance, careers and digital media. She’s written about work and money for The New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, The Motley Fool, a column for Inc. and more.

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