Finding that you have an extra $1,000 on hand gives you a chance to make a fresh start and do something new. That could be a timely investment, a better fitness routine, or a home upgrade. In fact, we found 20 smart things to do when you have $1,000 burning a hole in your pocket (and 15 totally realistic ways to come up with that cash.)
When you’re fortunate enough to be looking at a $10,000 windfall, the stakes feel higher—and the results can be more dramatic. With a five-figure sum to deploy, you can change a life or seriously improve your financial prospects. Here are 10 ideas for making that happen.