What to invest in if you have $1000

So, you find yourself with an extra $1000 and a desire to make that money work for you. Congratulations! Investing is a fantastic way to grow your wealth over time. In this blog post, we’ll explore some smart and strategic ways to invest your $1000, keeping in mind both risk and potential returns.


Here is what I would do with $1000 if I have this extra amount of money right now.

  1. Emergency Fund: The Foundation of Financial Security

Before diving into more lucrative investment options, it’s crucial to ensure your financial safety net is in place. Consider allocating a portion of your $1000 to establish or bolster your emergency fund. According to Bankrate, nearly 1 in 3 of American people have no emergency fund. Emergency fund is so important because you will never know what life will throw at you. This fund, typically covering three to six months’ worth of living expenses, acts as a financial cushion in case of unexpected events like job loss or medical emergencies.

READ: Why you need an Emergency Fund

2. Invest in Index Funds/ETFs

Index Funds are mutual funds that are passively managed. They are great investments for beginners because they are simple, stable, low cost, has great returns over the years and low maintenance. This is one of the lazy ways to invest and frankly one of the best ways

Tickers for sp500 index funds

Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) are a great way for beginners to dip their toes into the world of investing. ETFs provide instant diversification by holding a mix of assets such as stocks, bonds, or commodities. With $1000, you can invest in multiple ETFs, spreading your risk across different sectors and markets. Popular options include S&P 500 ETFs for broad market exposure or sector-specific ETFs for targeted growth.

Last weekend, I went to the bell ringing ceremony for iShares Target Date ETFs- this is something that I would recommend to nurses who have no access to an employer sponsored retirement account like a 403b or 401k. Most retirement accounts default to target date funds and it’s a great way to get started with investing.

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3. Using a Robo-advisor

Robo-advisors provide automated, low-cost investment services based on your risk tolerance and financial goals. These platforms use algorithms to create and manage a diversified portfolio for you. With $1000, you can easily set up an account with a robo-advisor, benefit from their expertise, and watch your investment grow over time.

4. Investing in Yourself*

Consider using a portion of your $1000 to invest in your knowledge and skills. This could mean enrolling in an online course, attending a workshop, or purchasing educational materials related to finance and investing. The more you understand the market and investment strategies, the better equipped you’ll be to make informed decisions in the future. THE BEST INVESTMENT IS THE ONE YOU MAKE FOR YOURSELF.

You never lose betting on yourself. Trust.


Investing $1000 wisely requires a combination of research, strategic thinking, and a clear understanding of your financial goals. Whether you choose to diversify with Index funds/ETFs, rely on robo-advisors, or prioritize your financial education, the key is to start. The earlier you begin, the more time your money has to grow. Remember, every investment comes with risks, so it’s essential to stay informed and be patient as you navigate the exciting world of investing.

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