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Make good use of your spare change

With the rising cost of food, fuel and just about everything else, straining your finances, you can make better use of your digital dimes and nickels.

Acorns is an investing and savings app, which automatically rounds up the price of your everyday purchases to the nearest dollar and places the excess into a smart investment portfolio.

Let’s say you purchase a doughnut for $2.30 with your credit or debit card. 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.

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 with this special link, and you can start saving automatically for as little $3 a month.

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Stop getting ripped off by your insurance provider

Insurance shouldn’t really be a “set it and forget it” kind of thing. If you haven’t shopped around in the last six months, there’s a good chance you’re overpaying for your home and car insurance.

While you’re enjoying your morning coffee, check out SmartFinancial's quote comparison tool for home insurance on your phone — and you could save hundreds.

You just answer some quick questions about yourself and the type of insurance you want, and SmartFinancial will instantly sort through more than 200 insurers to find you the best deals available in your area. It's that easy.

Local homeowners in Washington state, for example, often save close to $1,000 or more per year by shopping around for their insurance — according to the nonprofit consumer group Puget Sound Consumers’ Checkbook. While drivers who comparison shop can save an average $1,127 a year, a study by found.

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Hedge against inflation with commercial real estate

Commercial real estate has always been reserved for a few elite investors — until now.

First National Realty Partners allows accredited investors to own a share of institutional-quality properties leased by national brands like Whole Foods, CVS, Kroger and Walmart.

You’ll get a stable, positive cash flow and the firm handles the work for you. FNRP’s team of experts vets every deal against a rigorous set of investment criteria and manages them in-house, so you don’t have to worry.

FNRP’s secure online platform makes investing in commercial real estate convenient and simple — you can get started in minutes.

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Kiss Your Credit Card Debt Goodbye

Millions of Americans are struggling to crawl out of debt in the face of record-high interest rates. A personal loan offers lower interest rates and fixed payments, making it a smart choice to consolidate high-interest credit card debt. It helps save money, simplifies payments, and accelerates debt payoff. Credible is a free online service that shows you the best lending options to pay off your credit card debt fast — and save a ton in interest.

About the Author

Diana Bird

Diana Bird

Associate Editor

Diana Bird is an Associate Editor for Moneywise. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto in English Literature and Classical Civilizations as well as a Certification in Publishing from Toronto Metropolitan University. Prior to joining Moneywise, Diana worked for a non-profit organization that delivered training to financial supervisors in emerging and developing economies.

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