If you're saving up for the future, you're on the right track. But where you put that money matters as much as how much you're able to put away each month.
A new survey by Bankrate.com through Princeton Survey Research Associates International asked more than 1,000 Americans what they consider the best way to invest money they won't need for 10 or more years. The most popular answer, chosen by 28 percent of respondents, is to use it to buy real estate.
Zero-risk cash investments, such as high-yield savings accounts, came in second with 23 percent of respondents, while the stock market took third place, with 17 percent of respondents.
However, just because something is popular doesn't mean it's wise.