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What to do with $1,000 now

Given the uncertain economic picture, you probably have a chunk of change squirreled away. Here's how to best use that cash.

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Hit the electronics store
When you have an extra thousand bucks burning a hole in your pocket, is "tech toy" the first thing that comes to mind? Don't apologize -- just make sure you get a great deal.

One of the best electronics buys for just under $1,000 right now, according to CNET senior editor Dan Ackerman, is the Sony Bravia KDL-46EX500 at $990.

This 46-inch LCD television hits the sweet spot of price and quality, he says: "You get better black levels, better contrast, and a better brand name than the cheapest $800 LCDs offer -- without going too crazy."

NEXT: Do some good
Last updated October 18 2010: 2:02 PM ET
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