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What to do with $50,000 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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Put a bedroom in the attic
This renovation -- which runs an average of $49,346, according to "Remodeling" magazine's most recent survey -- packs a bigger resale payback than any room remodel today: 83%, vs. 71% for a midrange bathroom redo and 72% for a major kitchen job.

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Last updated October 18 2010: 12:00 PM ET
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