When It Comes To Investing, You Really Can Start Small

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated April 28, 2020

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April 18, 2018

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Many people assume that making investments requires a lot of money. However, you shouldn’t be worried about having enough cash in the bank to begin. You can start really small when it comes to investing.

Apps like Stash or Acorns streamline the process of investing your spare change. They work through the concept of micro investments. You connect the accounts that you typically use to make your day-to-day purchases, such as your debit card. These transactions are tracked through the app, which rounds the purchase amount up to the next dollar. The difference between your purchase and the rounded-up figure is invested in a diversified portfolio. You can also set recurring or one-time amounts to add to your investments. We review the best online investing apps including Acorns and Stash here.

If you’d like to have a slightly larger beginning investment, the Betterment app gives you an opportunity to get a low-fee investment portfolio that supports your long-term goals. The platform uses technology that automates the investment process, so it’s simple and straightforward.

You don’t have to go through all the work of picking out the individual stocks, and you still get the benefit of a portfolio that works for you. For example, you may be saving for retirement, wanting to enjoy tax benefits or need to build up your wealth to put your children through college. The mix of stocks for each of these goals tend to be different, and Betterment handles that side of the process for you. Read our Betterment review here.

Index funds are frequently recommended investment vehicles for beginners, and they are a good option for building up your long-term portfolio. You don’t need to have tens of thousands of dollars before you can buy into index funds.

Take some time to familiarize yourself with the available options and buy a few shares to start out. As you get more in savings and build your wealth, you can purchase more.

Stock investment isn’t something that you have to sit on until you have a lot of money. Whether you want to start with your spare change or save up for an initial investment, you can start building your wealth right now.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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