With all of this money up for grabs, let's talk about how you can stretch it even further.

Each weekday you have a chance to win up to $5,000 just for listening to us. At three different times throughout the day, you will hear a code word. Entering that code word will give you a chance at winning up to $5,000 every single time.

And that's a lot of money!

I can think of at least 5,000 ways to spend $5,000 right off the top of my head. However, these may not be the most valuable ways to spend it. Although, an online shopping spree for an entire new wardrobe does sound pretty stellar. Not to mention, I could get that sparkly chandelier to hang in my closet too.


However, what if we could spend the money in a meaningful way. What if that money could further our career or take care of someone else? Below are three ways to make that money do more work than what it's worth.

1. Invest in Yourself - Up to $5,000 can do wonders for you and your goals. Imagine being able to go back to school or attending a conference that could give you the skills needed to be promoted. That would be money well spent in my book. Investing in yourself can lead to a bigger paycheck and even more money in the long run.

2. Pay Down Debt - This may seem like an immediate benefit, but the after burn will continue long after that final payment is made. Paying down debt can improve your credit score, which can increase your chances of getting a loan for that house you've always dreamed of. Not to mention the weight that will be lifted off of your shoulders if you can get out from under some of those payments.

3. Pay it Forward - Taking care of others is such a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Whether you donate the money to charity or use it to pay for someone else's needs directly, only good can come from it. I saw a quote the other day that said "Being great is not about what you have, it's about what you give to others." Besides, who knows how that good deed will come back around to help you in the future.

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