The best replacement for investing is saving.

The best alternatives to investing are rated as following:
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★★★★★  trading
★★★★  gambling
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★★  speculating
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★  real estate
★  speculation
★  value investing
★  stock market
★  spending
★  saving for retirement
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Speaking about investing, one probably shouldn't forget about 401k.

Other search terms related to investing and their ratings are:

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