No. of Recommendations: 2

1) Pay off the mortgage if she has one.


2) Pay off any credit card debt.


If you want to take a small amount of risk you could consider $10,000 of gas and oil futures. In-ground assets are valuable during times like these when the dollar is falling. Plus, the odds on oil and gas rising in price by the end of the year are better than 50/50.

I think that the futures pit might a little too hard-core for mom. :-)


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