By Ian Salisbury, Doug Aamoth, Kara Brandeisky, and Sarah Max
September 21, 2015

When you find you have some extra money in your pocket, you don’t want to use it merely to pad out your monthly budget, or let it slip away with a few thoughtless purchases. It puts you in mind of bigger goals.

You can think of even $1,000 as a chance to get a fresh start and do something new. That might be a timely financial investment, or an investment in yourself to start a new career or kick-start a passion project. You could begin a fitness program, spruce up your home, or update your tech set-up. Or just recharge with a memorable weekend getaway.

Here are 20 ideas for making a little surplus cash go a long way.

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