How can I save money for my Ďnewí used car?
By Al Suffrin - May 10, 2007
Dear Mr. Suffrin: Iím 13-years-old and Iím saving my money so I can buy a car when I turn 18. I earn $60 a month babysitting for neighbors.
I also get $40 per month for doing my chores around the house.
My mom gives me $10 for every A I make on my semester report cards, and I always get three or four of them, so thatís $60 to $80 per year.
She pays for my clothes and other expenses.
I have $500 in the bank now. - Looking Ahead in Hahnville
Dear Looking Ahead: Assuming youíll be able to earn 5 percent interest on your savings, the $500 youíve already put away plus the $110 per month you anticipate making will grow to $6,442 four years from now, when you turn 18.
The money should be invested in short-term certificates of deposit (6-month to one year) or a combination thereof. CDs yielding at least 5 percent are what you want.
The CDs should mature on the date the money will be needed for the car purchase. Talk to a banker or broker for details.
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