Savings Calculator: If You Saved $1,000 Five Years Ago, Here's What You'd Have Now

Our savings calculator can show you just how much your money will grow over time.

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This savings calculator can quickly tell you how much your money could grow over time. If you invested $1,000 in a high-yield savings account several years ago, you could be several hundred dollars richer today. Whether you’ve just opened one of the best CD accounts or opted for a high-yield savings account with an impressive APY, a savings calculator can easily show you just how much cash you’ll have after a specified period of time, depending on your account APY and any regular monthly contributions you make.

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You can use our savings calculator below to determine how much you'll save depending on several factors — APY, time period, initial deposit and monthly contributions. 

To use the calculator, start by inputting the amount of cash you're starting with, or the initial deposit. From there, add in the amount you plan on contributing to the account as a monthly deposit. After this, you'll then be able to choose from a number of savings accounts with varying APYs. Select a period of time over which your investment will grow, and our calculator will do the work for you, calculating your potential savings.

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If you invested $1,000 five years ago, here's what you'd have now

If you were to invest $1,000 in one of the top-earning high-yield savings accounts, here's how much you'd have after five years (with no monthly contributions) depending on the account APY. However, keep in mind that yields on high-yield savings accounts fluctuate based on the market, meaning rates on your account can go increase or decrease over the years. For this reason, these are just estimated savings projections, without taking into account fluctuations in rates. 

Rates on CDs, on the other hand, are locked in upon opening the account, so you'll get a more accurate prediction of how much you'll save over time.

APY: 5.55%

Total interest earned: $310.06

Total balance: $ 1,310.06

APY: 5.50%

Total interest earned: $306.96

Total balance: $ 1,306.96

APY: 5.30%

Total interest earned: $294.62

Total balance: $1,294.62

If you were to boost your savings by making regular monthly contributions, you'd earn even more interest. Even just contributing $50 a month can make a big difference after several years. If you were to invest $1,000 in one of the top-earning high-yield savings accounts and saved an additional $50 every month (an additional $3,000), here's how much you'd have after five years. 

APY: 5.55%

Total interest earned: $746.5

Total balance: $4,746.50

APY: 5.50%

Total interest earned: $739.21

Total balance: $4,739.21

APY: 5.30%

Total interest earned: $710.19

Total balance: $4,710.19

How much should you save?

How much you should save each month depends on your specific financial situation, but a general rule of thumb is to put aside three to six months’ salary or living expenses in an emergency fund. Another general rule that can help you prioritize savings is the 60-30-10 budget rule, in which you’ll budget 60% of your monthly income toward necessities, 30% toward wants and 10% towards savings or paying down debts.  

Choosing a savings account 

Choosing a savings account depends on your personal financial goals. Here's what to consider. 

Certificate of Deposit (CD): A certificate of deposit, or CD, is a type of savings account that holds a fixed amount of money for a fixed period of time. Typical term lengths for CDs range anywhere from three months to five years, so it’s not somewhere you’d store cash you need easy access to. Instead, it’s a good place to save cash you’re holding onto for a particular savings goal. For example, you may plan on purchasing a vehicle or making a down payment on a home in two years and are looking for a no-risk way to grow these savings.  

Savings account: On the other hand, savings accounts are better suited for cash you’ll want easy access to, like emergency fund savings. If you want to maximize these savings, consider opening a high-yield account. High-yield savings accounts are the same as traditional savings accounts, but they pay a higher-than-average APY on deposits.  

Balance and deposit requirements: Some accounts have minimum balance and/or deposit requirements. If you fail to meet these, you could incur a fee.  

Safety: Be sure to check whether a savings account is FDIC or NCUA insured to keep your savings safe.

Compare some of the best savings accounts below. 

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Erin Bendig
Personal Finance Writer

Erin pairs personal experience with research and is passionate about sharing personal finance advice with others. Previously, she was a freelancer focusing on the credit card side of finance, but has branched out since then to cover other aspects of personal finance. Erin is well-versed in traditional media with reporting, interviewing and research, as well as using graphic design and video and audio storytelling to share with her readers.