What would you do with $1,000? "1,000 tacos from Taco Bell," of course.
Alamy; Photo illustration by Sarina Finkelstein for Money
By Matt Bemer
September 21, 2015

Every year, MONEY takes stock of the current economy and asks, What are the smartest things to do with $1,000 right now? (Also $10,000, and $100,000, for anyone lucky enough to have that kind of cash to spare.) From investing in shares of Google to purchasing a new work wardrobe, our recommendations are certainly great ones. But many people already have their own ideas for what they would do if they came upon $1,000 extra dollars today. So we asked you to share your suggestions via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Here’s what you told us:

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Mon, Sep 21 2015 15:37:26


What Would You Do With $1,000?

From helping loved ones to throwing a cool party, people have some great ideas on how to spend a grand.

  1. A lot of you said you'd treat yourself (and others).

  2. A lot of you said you'd treat yourself (and others).

    Kyle Fletcher@TheKyleFletcher

    @MONEY #IfIHad1000 I’d probably order extra guacamole.

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 17:02:33

    Benjamin Joseph Reed

    1000 tacos from Taco Bell

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 15:52:10

    Jennifer Leigh

    Invest it. And maybe buy a cute pair of shoes. 🙂

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 16:13:43

    Randy Makimoto

    Take my wife and kids on a family vacation, so we could all spend some quality family time togeather.

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 15:54:09

    Victor Gibson

    Pizza party

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 16:03:36

    Nancy Waller@44Nancy

    @MONEY #IfIHad1000 I would treat my friends to a wonderful dinner, and I would also take my kids on a family vacation.

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 16:19:30

    Keshav Soni

    Buy the DSLR i have been waiting to buy since ages. 😦

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 16:31:45

    Michael Shannon

    Buy a kayak and a elliptical workout machine

    Mon, Sep 14 2015 22:42:23

    While others told us that they'd help out loved ones, family, and friends.

    Carole Excell@lovemebrownin

    @MONEY @TIME #IfIHad1000 I would help with forming a music band with kids with #autism in our school for our variety show

    Fri, Sep 11 2015 15:28:23


    @MONEY give it to my father who is struggling to make ends meet. #IfIHad1000

    Mon, Sep 14 2015 23:24:36

    Moreno Juice

    help my mom out. she really need new glasses 😦

    Fri, Sep 11 2015 14:22:09

    Kyle Bennett@kylebennett99

    @MONEY @TIME #IfIHad1000 I’d sponsor a kid for summer learning @liveunitedri

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 16:24:28

    Barbara Davis

    Take my Mom on a nice long weekend trip and invest the rest. Mom survived a brain aneurysm last month…..she deserves it

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 16:01:34

    A couple people said that they'd buy a furry friend.

    Joseph Schaefer@JSchaefer513

    @MONEY I would put it towards our “puppy fund”! #IfIHad1000

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 16:39:34

    Katie O’Leary@Kataay17

    #ifihad1000 I’d get a corgi @mattbemer @CrazyLegsCustis @MONEY

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 16:19:10

    And we spotted some folks that take MONEY's advice to heart.

    Dale Shimasaki

    put into my kids 529 plan

    Mon, Sep 14 2015 22:58:12

    Wyatt Johnson@wyattmj

    #IfIHad1000 I’d start a mutual fund for my daughter, to teach her about investing

    Tue, Sep 15 2015 00:26:07

    George Nuno

    Retire…what, not enough? Ok then probably simply put it away in my emergency fund.

    Fri, Sep 11 2015 14:18:11

    Nathan Mathews@nathanmathews

    Buy new windows for our house #IfIHad1000  https://twitter.com/money/status/643550974787850240 …

    Mon, Sep 14 2015 23:35:56

    Fred King

    Pay down high interest debt.

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 16:32:57


    @MONEY @TIME #IfIHad1000…I would put half in my savings and use the other half to go shopping for Fall clothing 😊

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 17:21:34


    @MONEY #IfIHad1000 I would invest it and 50 years from now. I would thank myself for it.

    Sat, Sep 12 2015 03:34:52

    One of you is saving up for a BIG surprise…


    @MONEY #IfIHad1000 …I’d put it towards that @TiffanyAndCo ring I’ve been saving up for. #DontTellTheFutureMrs

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 16:18:31

    And a few of you would book a flight to Disneyland.

    Trevor Seal@trevorseal85

    @MONEY #IfIHad1000 I’d invest half and take my daughter to Disneyland with the rest!

    Fri, Sep 11 2015 15:40:39

    Brandon Bowen

    Take my family to Disneyland

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 16:01:42

    And many of you would give to those in need.

    Emily Santiago

    Go to a food shelter and feed everyone with a home cooked warn meal

    Mon, Sep 14 2015 22:43:58

    Sharon Strange

    Donate it to the Cancer Society

    Mon, Sep 14 2015 22:42:46

    Sejal Choksi-Chugh@sejalc

    @MONEY @TIME #IfIHad1000 I’d give @SFBaykeeper to keep oil + pollution out of #SFBay making it safer for recreation & healthier for wildlife

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 17:03:25

    Turkish Amerikan@TurkishAmerikan

    @MONEY @TIME #IfIHad1000 I would donate it to the Syrian refugees in Turkey..  https://donate.unrefugees.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1873&ea.campaign.id=41829&ea.tracking.id=D15XLJ151XXC&_ga=1.201719633.1538271965.1421021942 … #Syria #refugeecrisis

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 17:02:36

    Domenick Mimmo Priante

    Donate it to a Pediatric Cancer Foundation that does so much good for many familys devastated by this horrible disease… Frankie’s Mission #gogold

    Thu, Sep 10 2015 17:52:48

    And there's always that one person.

    Meghan Elizabeth

    Nothing. That doesn’t go far anymore.

    Mon, Sep 14 2015 23:07:42

    Tell us what you would do with $1,000 by tweeting MONEY with the hashtag #IfIHad1000.


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