Investing on a Shoestring Budget

Investing on a Shoestring Budget


(MoneyHippo.com) – Since many Americans live paycheck to paycheck, it’s easy for them to believe there’s no way for them to start investing. The good news is that line of thinking isn’t true. There are ways to invest even if you’re on a tight budget. In fact, one of the best ways to grow your wealth and stop living in want is to invest your money and have it grow faster than it would in a standard savings account.

The first thing to remember is that you don’t need a lot of money to invest. Call your phone carrier, internet service provider, and cable carrier to negotiate lower monthly payments. Even if you only save $5 a month, take that money, open a brokerage account with a reputable company and invest it. 

Make a budget and see where you can cut costs and redirect it into an investment account. If you’re nervous about entering the stock market, you can even move that money into a high-yield savings account. The interest you earn there will be much higher than in a regular savings account.

Once you adjust your budget to find extra cash, consider setting up an automatic investment deposit each time you receive a paycheck. If you never see the money hit your checking account, it won’t tempt you to spend it. However, remember to check your investments to see how they’re doing and whether they still meet your overall financial goals. 

Diversification is the key to success when investing, so think about spreading your money over different sectors in the market or investing in a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund that automatically does it for you.

Finding ways to cut monthly costs and tracking your spending can provide you the cash to invest, no matter how small. Even tiny amounts can add up.


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