Where to put $5,000 now

What would you do with a million bucks? That's easy. But what about five grand? With a handful of broad goals in mind, here are Money Magazine's picks.

Best home upgrades:<br>A 625-square-foot patio
Goal: Enhancing your home
Best home upgrades:
A 625-square-foot patio
This is one of the easiest and cheapest home projects you can undertake, says Danny Lipford, host of the TV show "Today's Homeowner," and it can more than pay for itself when you sell.

Paving bricks: $8 a square foot (installed)

What $5,000 buys: a 25-by-25-foot patio
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