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32 Smart Ways to Spend $1,000


You may have your own priorities for what to do with $1,000: pay down debt, add to your emergency fund, stash it in retirement savings. We applaud the impulse to bolster your finances—and list these and other staples as part of our collection of ideas. But we also offer surprising suggestions that are equally rewarding.

Want to invest it? We assembled ETF, fund and stock picks. Want to spend it? You could splurge on a romantic getaway, improve your home or invest in yourself. Does an extra thousand bucks spark the philanthropist in you? We have tips for smart giving, too.

All ETF and stock prices are as of December 5, 2014.

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