Thursday, July 26, 2007

Kiplinger Asks: How Will $1,000 Improve My Life

Can $1,000 really make a difference in my life? The folks at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance think so. The staff sent me a list of what can be done with $1,000. I've added a few ideas of my own. The magazine's list, which is a preview of the August issue, includes:

"Boost Your Career With Professional Classes. New Horizons, a computer school with 148 locations across the country, offers software courses for less than $1,000. UC Berkeley Extension offers both career-directed and liberal-arts classes online. For less than $1,000 you may get a lucrative promotion or simply learn something new.

Let Time Cut Future College Costs. Contributing $1,000 to a state-sponsored college-savings plan is a great way to take a bite out of future college costs. Earnings through a 529 plan grow tax-deferred and withdrawals are tax-free if used for qualified educational expenses. Check out www.savingforcollege.com for more details.

Invest in Some College Advice. Worried about getting Junior into college or grad school? For $1,000, an admissions consultant can help your child narrow down thousands of options to a dozen or more schools that could be the right fit. For more details, visit the Independent Educational Consultants Association website: www.educationalconsulting.org

Take an Energy-Saving Tumble. Front-loading clothes washers run about $1,000 and use 50% to 70% less energy than top-loaders. While a front-loader may cost $300 to $400 more than a top-loader, it will pay for its extra cost in utility-bill savings within the first few years of its 13- to 15-year life span.

Earn 18% Guaranteed. No investment can promise that rate of return—but paying down a credit card can. Six in ten of us carry a balance, many at a rate of 18% or higher. So put $1,000 towards that credit card bill and guarantee yourself $180 in savings."


Here's what I would do with an extra $1,000:

1. Invest in the Florida Pre-paid college plan or a 529 plan.
2. Attend a summer or winter writing workshop program.
3. Invest in a web designer for my blog.
4. Take a short vacation to Paradise Island and Atlantis.
5. Buy a new energy efficient refrigerator and freezer.
6. Buy a new AC system.
7. Hire a professional organizer to help me sort through my clothes, papers and junk.
8. Take a speed reading course.
9. Take off a week from work and donate 40-plus hours of my time to a charity.
10. Purchase subscriptions to every literary journal, newspaper or magazine I enjoy reading.




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4 comments:

Amber Yount said...

I wouldn't charge you $1,000 to redesign your blog :P

Thats way too much for a basic one page design.

Zachary said...

One word and one acronym: "Roth IRA"

S said...

Hi,

I enjoy your blog.

Your list of 10 things is a bit on the unfrugal side, though.

-Paying someone to organize: You can easily do that yourself. For free!

-A redesign of your blog should be very inexpensive, especially if you have friends or relatives with teenagers who are skilled at that kind of thing.

Sharon Harvey Rosenberg said...

Zach:

Thanks for the suggestion!

Amber:
Thanks for the offer.

S & Amber:

You're right. $1,000 is too much for a re-design. I wouldn't spend the full amount for a re-design.
But that's one of the items on my wish list.

Also S: About the reorg: Again, I wouldn't spend $1,000 for the services, but I work from home and it would be worth my money to streamline and get better organized. I know of a few professional organizers and I like their systems.

I'm really good at a lot of stuff, but organization is my achilles heel.

Thanks for your comments!