Stretching Your Cents: Savings

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Whether it's a savings account or investing in stocks, set aside money for the future. If it's only $1/week, that's fine. Having a pool of money in case of emergencies helps combat immune-system-killing stress, as well as keeping your options open should something bad happen.

For those savings accounts, CDs, is worth it to do a little homework and get the best percentage yield. You want your credit card to have the lowest interest rate, right? Conversely, you want your savings account to have the highest interest rate, so that your money (while sitting in there) makes you money. My credit union, for example, gives me 4.8% every quarter, automatically deposited into my account. It's not a lot, but it's free money.

And speaking of investing...please please please invest in a retirement fund (401K, Roth IRA, whatever). Pensions are a thing of the past, and even our retiring baby boomer generation is getting very little in social security these days. You cannot rely on anyone but yourself to financially support you in your old age. Best to start young, so if you have any pauses due to poverty/unemployment, it doesn't hose your entire retirement!

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