If Your Paycheck is Over $1,500, Make These 6 Moves Before Payday

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If you get a biweekly paycheck more than $1,500, you’re probably feelin’ pretty good.

Uncle Sam took his taxes out, you’ve funneled some money into your retirement fund, and now you’ve got an extra $1,500 sitting in your checking account.

Sweet.

So, now what?

After you’ve taken care of the bills, take these simple steps to level up before next payday.

1. 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.

2. Stop Wasting Hundreds on Homeowner’s Insurance

You’re probably wasting money right now. And it’s probably on something you’d never expect — your homeowners insurance policy.

This isn’t something you actively think about — you just know you’re required to have it.

The problem is, you’re paying too much. Luckily, an insurance company called Lemonade makes it easy to find out how much you’re overpaying.

Lemonade’s policies start at just $25/month. And just because you’re saving money doesn’t mean you’re skimping on coverage. Lemonade will make sure you have what you need.

Just answer a few questions about your home to get started.

Lemonade is available in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin.

3. Leave $1 Million to Your Spouse and Kids

Do you have kids under 18, or a partner who relies on your income? Whether you’re 20 or 60 years old, you’ll want to make sure their futures are secure. 

Death isn’t something any of us like to think about. But in reality, the odds of it happening to us are roughly… 100%. And the last thing we want is to leave the people we love without financial support.

A company called Ladder makes getting life insurance painless. You can get a decision on coverage online in just five minutes. Some simple lab work might be required, but that’s easy, right? Plus, you can cancel anytime. There’s even a 30-day money-back guarantee

But how much coverage do you need? A general rule of thumb is to secure seven to 10 times your average salary. 

Want to leave your family $1 million? Ladder will show you how.

 4. Spend $5 to Own a Piece of Amazon or Google 

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 Acorns app. 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 $5. And with the recent sell-off in stocks, you might be able to buy them for cheaper than earlier in the year. 

That’s right — Acorns allows you to invest in a bundle of well-known companies, letting you own a little of each of them while spending as little as $5. The best part? When these companies profit and issue dividends, you can profit, too.

It takes two minutes to sign up, plus Acorns will give you a $5 sign-up bonus once you make your first investment.

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

You can be earning a healthy paycheck, but that credit card debt just won’t go away. The anxiety, the interest rates, the fear you’re never going to escape… It starts taking a toll.

And the truth is, your credit card company doesn’t really care. It’s 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.

6. Cancel Your Car Insurance

When was the last time you shopped around for car insurance? Was it more than six months ago?

If so, you’re probably overpaying — by hundreds of dollars. Yep. Experts say you should compare rates twice a year to get the best deal.

Twice a year? Yeah, we don’t want to do that either. 

A service called Gabi does all the shopping for you to find cheaper insurance — with the same coverage and deductibles you already have. And it saves customers an average of $825 a year.

You don’t have to fill out any forms. Just link your existing insurance account and enter your driver’s licence, and it will start looking for cheaper coverage.

Plus, after you sign up, Gabi will keep looking for savings. No more shopping.