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1. The App That Helps Anyone Invest Easily

Investing sounds complicated but it doesn’t have to be. And you don’t have to be rich either to play the investment game. That’s why Acorns is a popular choice amongst anyone new to investing since they make it so easy.

For every purchase you make, Acorns automatically rounds it up to the nearest dollar and then saves & invests the difference into your Acorns account.

So, for instance, if you bought groceries for $30.50, Acorns will round it up and deposit $0.50 to the app’s savings account. Pretty simple, right? It can do this for every purchase.

Just connect Acorns to your credit/debit card and it’ll save automatically or you can manually choose which transactions to round up if you prefer.

Since roundups are less than $1 and basically spare change, you’ll barely notice the impact initially but over time it’ll grow to make a big difference. Acorns will continue to round up and save for you, while at the same time, investing those savings so that your portfolio can grow.

The very minor catch? It only costs $3 a month but it’s way cheaper than an investment advisor. It includes investing, a retirement account as well as a checking account. Plus, all plans come with up to 10% bonus investments when you shop with 400+ Found Money partners and useful money tips from top financial experts!

2. She Saved Over $1,000 on Car Insurance - You Could Too

Car insurance. You need it, you have it, but you’re probably overpaying for it. By how much? It depends on your car, location, age, and more, but on average you’re probably spending $826/year or more than you need to.

Take it from Johanna Brown who spent 25 years with Allstate before she finally found another company that could beat the price. It’s not exclusive either. Savvy saved her over $1,000 on her car insurance! Since there are no forms to fill out, the system can instantly check for a better deal. It literally takes 30 seconds.

Her tip? “A word of advice to doubtful potential customers, don’t act based on the initial quote if it seems low. You’d be missing out on potentially huge savings. Let the Savvy team do some research for you. I am thrilled and blown away at how I’m saving $1,000 a year when it initially quoted me $16!”

And when you’re ready, they’ll help cancel your old policy, enroll you in the better one, and get a full refund on the unused portion of your prior payments. It’s the simplest and easiest way to score major savings and a refund on your overpriced car insurance policy.

3. Keep Calm and Invest - Starting with Just $1

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Yes, the COVID-19 news that’s bombarding your feed can be scary. In addition to the Fed cutting interest rates and events getting banned, you might not even think about investing.

But it’s actually the time to start if you haven’t already. It doesn’t have to be complicated and you can easily start with Stash, an investment app that only takes $1* to start and you’ll also get a $5 bonus* after funding your first investment.

Investing is for the long-term and in the app, you can choose where to put your money in as well as being a well-informed investor with Stash Coach, a fun way to increase your knowledge.

Consider investments in certain industries whenever there’s political, economic, or financial unrest too. Stash offers investments in precious metals, pharmaceutical companies, major retailers, utility companies, as well as media, entertainment, and communication companies since more people will be staying home now. So keep calm, and invest!

4. Stack Your Cash Back Earnings with This App

When the coronavirus outbreak passes and the economy starts to rebound, we can get back to racking up rewards through our credit cards and travel reward programs.

In the meantime, free cash back apps like Drop offer a practical and rewarding alternative that gives points back for shopping online at all your favorite brands, completing super-quick surveys, and playing fun arcade games in-app.

There’s virtually limitless earning potential and the points you earn turn into free gift cards that you can redeem at places like Amazon, Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Uber Eats and so many more. Double-dip on earning points with their Stacked Deals section too.

Here are some of our favorite offers on Drop right now:

  • Uber Eats
  • Sephora
  • Indigo
  • Old Navy
  • Lululemon
  • Sport Chek
  • Staples
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Well.ca
  • Adidas
  • Glossier
  • Groupon

This app is a no-brainer for anyone looking for new and fun ways to stretch their dollar at home!

Kickstart earnings today by using promo code SMARTWALLET to unlock 10,000 points ($10!!) automatically when you earn your first 1,000 points.

*EverQuote’s individual savings, if any, and premiums will vary by customer. Savings amount based on countrywide survey of users from Nov 2018 to Apr 2019 who reported old and new premiums.

*For Securities priced over $1,000, purchase of fractional shares starts at $0.05.

The Smart Wallet is a paid solicitor of Stash. Investment advisory services offered by Stash Investments LLC, an SEC-registered investment adviser. This material has been distributed for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended as investment, legal, accounting, or tax advice. Investing involves risk.

Investment advisory services offered by Stash Investments LLC, an SEC-registered investment adviser. This material has been distributed for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended as investment, legal, accounting, or tax advice. Investing involves risk.

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 and the custodian. For current fee schedule, please see the Stash Wrap Fee Brochure. Other fees apply to the debit account. Please see Deposit Account Agreement for details.

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