Have Less Than $25K in Your Retirement Account? Make These 6 Moves

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Do you have less than $25,000 in your retirement account right now?

You’re far from alone, my friend. The fact is, 40% of Americans have less than $25,000 saved for retirement, according to a Northwestern Mutual study. That’s scary.

But, hey, we’re not here to lecture you or instill fear in you. We’re here to cheer you on and show you how to get back on track.

We’ve got six ways to boost your balance and sock away more savings for your golden years. Bonus: You can start doing most of these things today!

1. 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.

2. Give Your Family up To $3 Million 

If you want to ensure your loved ones are covered in case something happens to you, you need life insurance. It’s a necessary expense when you have people you care about. 

While it’s long been considered an outdated and frustrating process, a company called Sproutt has made it easier and more affordable than ever to find the right coverage.

When you go to Sproutt’s website and take its 10-minute Quality of Life Index quiz, you’ll answer questions about your lifestyle and your healthy routines. (FYI, this isn’t mandatory, but it can help get you a lower rate).

Then you’ll answer a few more questions before getting immediate quotes for policies. 

Once you choose a policy, you’ll fill out an application and, if approved, you can purchase it on the spot. No medical exam required, and no need to speak to an adviser if you don’t want to. The whole thing takes less than half an hour, and you don’t even have to leave your couch.

Policies start at $9 a month. That’s probably less than the toys your kids are asking for now, and could ensure they’re taken care of in the future. 

Your excuse that getting life insurance is too time-consuming, complicated or expensive has gone out the window. Get your quote now and have your loved ones protected in 30 minutes.

3. Invest in Real Estate (Even if You’re Not a Millionaire)

The stock market can be a scary place. Stock prices shoot up and down like a roller coaster ride, and who knows when the whole thing might crash?

It would be nice to diversify and invest some of your money in real estate, but don’t you have to be wealthy to do that?

Now you can invest like the 1% does, and all you need to get started is $500. A company called DiversyFund will invest your money in commercial real estate — specifically, in apartment complexes that it owns — and you only need $500.

Real estate can potentially earn you more money than the stock market. Over the long term, investing in the stock market will earn you an average annual return of 7%, adjusted for inflation, according to a number of studies. DiversyFund can’t guarantee how its investments will perform in the future — no one can — but historically, it has earned an annual return of 17% to 18%.

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

4. Ask This Website to Pay Your Credit Card Bills This Month

It’s hard to build your retirement savings if you’re losing money to credit card debt. And your credit card company is just getting rich by ripping you off with high interest rates. But a website called AmOne wants to help.

If you owe your credit card companies $50,000 or less, AmOne will match you with a low-interest loan you can use to pay off every single one of your balances.

The benefit? You’ll be left with one bill to pay each month. And because personal loans have lower interest rates, you’ll get out of debt that much faster. Plus: No credit card payment this month.

AmOne won’t make you stand in line or call your bank, either. And if you’re worried you won’t qualify, it’s free to check online. It takes just two minutes, and it could help you pay off your debt years faster — allowing you to focus your efforts on your retirement savings.

5. Get Paid $225/Month to Watch The News

It’s been a historic year in news, and we’re all constantly refreshing for the latest updates. You probably know more than one news-junkie who fancies themselves an expert in respiratory illness or a political mastermind.

And research companies want to pay you to keep watching.You could add up to $225 a month to your retirement account by signing up for a free account with InboxDollars.

They’ll present you with short news clips to choose from every day, then ask you a few questions about them.

You just have to answer honestly, and InboxDollars will continue to pay you every month. This might sound too good to be true, but it’s already paid its users more than $59 million.

We talked to one user in Pennsylvania, 52-year-old Carolinda Hendrickson, who earned $1,200 in a year.

It takes about one minute to sign up, and start getting paid to watch the news.

6. Cancel Your Car Insurance

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How often are you even using your car right now? Regardless, there’s one thing we’re nearly certain of — you’re overpaying on car insurance.

That being said, shopping for car insurance is a pain, which is why we like using a free service like Insurify.

In just a few minutes, you can see if any other companies are offering a cheaper rate with the same coverage and deductibles you already have. People are finding policies for as low as $29 a month.

All you have to do is answer a few simple questions about you and your car — this takes no more than three to four minutes. They’ll ask you for your contact information, but don’t worry: They won’t bombard you with calls or texts or sell your info to spammers. If you find a better deal, you can sign up online and put the savings in your retirement account.

*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.