Instead Of Snoozing In Savings, Let's Put $5,000 To Work It's a hard time to be a saver. The return on a savings account doesn't even keep up with inflation, and that has led many savers to ask: What should I do with my money? NPR's Uri Berliner takes $5,000 out of his own personal savings and explores various investment opportunities.

Instead Of Snoozing In Savings, Let's Put $5,000 To Work

  • Download
  • <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript


For years, one of the safest things to do with money was to put it in a savings account or a CD. Today, not so much. Yields are so low that savings stashed away in these accounts lose value to inflation. NPR's Uri Berliner has been watching some of his own savings dwindle. In a series we're calling Dollar For Dollar, he tries to put some of that money to work.

URI BERLINER, BYLINE: I decided to take $5,000 from savings to explore various types of investments. Believe me, there are plenty of them out there.



BERLINER: Each of these investments has its own type of risk. They could lose value. But they could also come out ahead, which is something that can't be said now for the money I have parked in savings.

Uri Berliner, NPR News


WERTHEIMER: You're listening to MORNING EDITION from NPR News.

Copyright © 2013 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by an NPR contractor. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.