10 Quick Steps That’ll Have You Managing Your Money Like A Millionaire

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  1. Life would be a whole lot easier if someone would just Venmo us $1 million, but unfortunately the chance of that happening is, well, probably zero. (Venmo doesn’t allow transactions that large anyway.)

    But even though our chances of becoming a millionaire are slim, we can still manage our money like one. No, we’re not going to tell you how to buy hundreds of shares of Apple stock. Or how to pick out the perfect yacht.

    These are simple money moves any normal, non-millionaire person can make today. Each tip can get you closer to achieving your big goals.

    Take a look:

  2. 1. Take Money Out of Your Checking Account

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    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?

    Yep. A debit card called Aspiration gives you up to a 10% back every time you swipe. How much does your current bank offer you?

    Need to buy groceries? Extra cash.

    Need to fill up the tank? Bam. Even more extra cash.

    You were going to buy these things anyway — why not get this extra money in the process? Do yourself a favor and deposit $100 into an Aspiration account today so you can start taking advantage.

    To get started, 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. 2. Let This Free Financial Plan Save You up to $3,500/Year

    Having a financial plan is one of the smartest decisions you can make for your future. It’ll help right the wrongs you’ve made and get you on a path toward a richer life. 

    But only people making six figures can afford a personal advisor to analyze their finances and give them personalized recommendations, right? 

    Wrong. 

    A company called Anasova uses AI software to replace those expensive sessions with financial advisors. It takes less than 10 minutes to answer some questions about your money habits and goals, then you’ll get a super-personalized PDF outlining what you need to do to reach them. 

    Even better? Anasova’s financial plan is completely free — and totally anonymous. You don’t even give them your email address. They won’t bombard you with ads or sell you other products, either. 

    There’s no catch; Anasova was built by one of the nation’s top wealth management executives who wanted to make it easier for everyone to get access to financial management — not just the rich.

    Now you can get access to custom financial advice — even if you’re not a millionaire. Just click here to answer a few questions and get your free financial plan from Anasova now. It could save you thousands.

  4. 3. Knock $540/Year From Your Car Insurance

    When’s the last time you checked car insurance prices?

    You should shop your options every six months or so — it could save you some serious money. Let’s be real, though. It’s probably not the first thing you think about when you wake up. But it doesn’t have to be.

    A website called Insure.com makes it super easy to compare car insurance prices. All you have to do is enter your ZIP code and your age, and it’ll show you your options.

    Using Insure.com, people have saved an average of $540 a year.

    Yup. That could be $500 back in your pocket just for taking a few minutes to look at your options.

  5. 4. Add up to 300 Points to Your Credit Score

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    When it comes to your credit score, it’s important to stay organized and keep tabs on it. After all, it’ll play an essential role in any big purchase you want to make — whether that’s a home or a car.

    So if you’re looking to get your credit score back on track — or even if it is on track and you want to bump it up — try using a free website called Credit Sesame

    Within two minutes, you’ll get access to your credit score, any debt-carrying accounts and a handful of personalized tips to improve your score. You’ll even be able to spot any errors holding you back (one in five reports have one).

    James Cooper, of Atlanta, used Credit Sesame to raise his credit score nearly 300 points in six months.*** “They showed me the ins and outs — how to dot the I’s and cross the T’s,” he said.

    Want to check for yourself? It’s free and only takes about 90 seconds to sign up

  6. 5. Use up Your Entire Paycheck

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    No, we’re not talking about going to Whole Foods and buying out its fancy cheese supply (though that’s the first thing we’d do if we had $1 million). Instead, we’re talking about creating a zero-based budget, a budget that finds a place for your every dollar.

    You’ll want to start by tracking a month of expenses. How much do you (or don’t you) have remaining? Then, consider your financial goals. Do you want to save money? Invest money? Pay off debt?

    Work backward to cut your expenses until you can achieve that goal. It might take some patience, but it’ll pay off.

  7. 6. Stop Paying Your Credit Card Bill

    If you have credit card debt, you know. The anxiety, the interest rates, the fear you’re never going to escape…

    Your credit card is getting rich by ripping you off with insane rates, but there are other, nicer companies that’ll help you out. A website called Credible knows the best ones and could pair you up as soon as tomorrow. 

    Here’s how it works: Credible will match you with a loan that’ll cover your credit card tab. Use that loan to pay off your debt, then make monthly payments to repay the loan. It could lower your monthly payments and help you pay off that debt a lot faster.

    Plus, no credit card payment this month.

    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.

  8. 7. Buy Another Company For $1

    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.

    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.** 

  9. 8. Quit Your Job and Make $69/Hour

    Are you tired of your job, but not sure how to venture out and start your own business? Look into bookkeeping. It’s the No. 1 most profitable business, according to an article in Inc. And you can earn up to $69 an hour, reports Intuit, the creator of QuickBooks.

    You don’t have to be an accountant or good at calculus to start your own bookkeeping business, either. As long as you’re motivated, a company called Bookkeepers.com will teach you everything you need to know. It’s one of the leading training courses in the field, and it’ll even give you the first three classes for free.

    It’s helped thousands of people launch their own businesses, including Daniel Honan, a military veteran in his 30s. He never considered starting his own company, but he signed up for Bookkeepers.com, and now he’s making around $50,000 a year keeping track of business expenses for his 10 clients.

    It only took him three months to get started, taking one class a week. Oh, and he makes his own schedule and is able to spend more time with his wife than ever.

    If you’re just a little curious, you just have to submit your email address here to take the first free classes. If you stick with it, you could be running your own business in just a few months.

  10. 9. Leave Your Family up to $1M

    One of the best things about being a millionaire? You can leave behind a legacy and know your loved ones are secure. Here’s the good news: You don’t need to be a millionaire to leave a legacy like one. You just need a life insurance policy.

    We know what you’re thinking: This is probably expensive and confusingBut a company called Fabric can help you apply for a term life insurance policy in just 10 minutes that could give your family a big chunk of money (the coverage amount you applied for) if you pass away. (We’ve heard people are getting policies for as little as $14 a month**.)

    Maybe you’ve thought about this before, but it feels too overwhelming. The truth is, this is one of the easiest (and smartest) things you can do with your money right now. You don’t even have to leave your house — you can do it all from your browser.

    So if you want to help make sure your family is set up for life after you’re gone, take 10 minutes to fill out an application.

    *Coverage Amount is based on eligibility

    **Sample pricing based on $100,000 in coverage for a 28 year old female in Colorado with excellent health.

  11. 10. Scared to Invest? This App Gives You Up to $200 in Free Stock

    If you feel like you don’t have enough money to start investing, you’re not alone. But guess what? You really don’t need that much — and you can even get free stocks (worth up to $200!) if you know where to look.

    Whether you’ve got $5, $100 or $800 to spare, you can start investing with Robinhood.

    Yeah, you’ve probably heard of Robinhood. Both investing beginners and pros love it because it doesn’t charge commission fees, and you can buy and sell stocks for free — no limits. Plus, it’s super easy to use.

    What’s best? When you download the app and fund your account (it takes no more than a few minutes), Robinhood drops a share of free stock into your account. It’s random, though, so that stock could be worth anywhere from $2.50 to $200 — a nice boost to help you build your investments.