3 Ways to Make Your Money Work for You

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You work hard for the all mighty dollar.  Sometimes you may begin to save even before you are old enough to legally get a job through allowance or those birthday checks from your grandparents, but do you really make your money work for you.  Keeping your dollars in a shoe box or mattress will only allow to gather spiderwebs and dust, so do a little homework and figure out with the amount you have what is the best way to turn it into even more.

The first step may be the easiest.  Find the best insured institution to keep your money in.  There are many different establishments that offer fairly high interest for low dollar accounts.

Depending on what you do for a living or even if you are a student you may find that there are accounts suited just for you that will allow the best yield of profit from your saving endeavors.

Sometimes banks or credit unions will offer more advantages at certain times of the year so pay attention to where you live and what is being offered. You may want to move your money around more than once to keep the investment growing and growing.  Words like high yield or sound investment may be something for you to do your research on, there is nothing worse than thinking you’re making a good investment just to realize you could have chosen something better.

Make smart, sound investments.  Maybe allowing your neighbor or best friend to borrow that down payment they need today with word of getting it plus more paid back to you in a quick amount of time is not the best idea for an investment.  Making decisions that are not always sound can hurt you in the long run.  Poor investments and loans can even lower your credit score in the long run. This really harms you and can take away some of the advantages available to someone with high credit scores.  Keep it simple and smart.  Make sure that you have done your research and where you are putting your money to make them work hard for you.

Take advantage of tax credits.  Sometimes the government can do good things and be advantageous when it comes to saving.  Don’t let these credits pass you by just because you were not aware of them.  It may be to your benefit to speak to someone or have a credit advisor help you make decisions about what are the best options available and how to do it.

There are so many different ways to get advice on your money now with social media and modern technology.  Use them to guide you to what is available for where you live and what you do for a living.  For example, a teacher may get more interest for investing in a teacher’s credit union whereas a bricklayer may do better just increasing union dues and watching where they are invested at.

Remember, everything that you do will not give you financial freedom but maybe it can pay off in the long run.  Save your required 3 to 6 months of expenses for a rainy day or a just in case, but if there is anything left over play with it.  Use it to beef up your wallet.  It will be a lot more fun buying that toy or that expensive pair of shoes when they money you use to do so is practically found money because you paid attention and made your income count.