How to Buy Dogecoin (DOGE)

Dogecoin may be making headlines, but make sure it's right for you before you buy in.
Connor Emmert
Andy Rosen
Chris Davis
By Chris Davis,  Andy Rosen and  Connor Emmert 
Edited by Arielle O'Shea

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The simplest way to buy Dogecoin (DOGE) is on a cryptocurrency exchange, where you can buy tokens with U.S. dollars or sometimes with other digital assets. But before you add Dogecoin to your portfolio, make sure you know what you're getting into.

1. Decide whether to buy Dogecoin

Dogecoin is a risky, volatile investment, and should only be purchased if you’re in a strong financial position and can afford to lose whatever money you might put in. Investment rules of thumb say risky assets like these should make up no more than 10% of your investment portfolio.

Technology

Energy-intensive. Dogecoin still uses proof-of-work technology to validate blockchain transactions. This means that Dogecoin is slower than many proof-of-stake cryptocurrencies, and it also uses far more energy.

Volatility

High. Historically, the price of Dogecoin has been prone to extreme fluctuations in value. This is partly due to its unlimited supply, and also because its price is largely driven by social media movements and hype.

Pricing

Low. Dogecoin has seen price surges in the past, but it typically trades at prices that are well under $1, which makes it one of the more affordable cryptocurrencies on the market. The all-time high for Dogecoin was 74 cents in 2021.

Transaction costs

Low. Dogecoin’s average transaction cost is under 10 cents, which is on the low end of cryptocurrency transaction fees.

The traditional advice says you should try to contribute to tax-advantaged retirement accounts, such as an IRA or, if available, a workplace 401(k). If you’re already contributing to or maxing out either of these accounts, you could consider opening a supplemental taxable brokerage account, as well.

And what can you invest in with these accounts? A good place to start may be using these accounts to invest in highly diversified, low-cost index funds. They may not be as exciting as Dogecoin — don’t expect any 13,000% gains here — but they’re a lot less volatile and, in the long term, returns are more consistent. Over the past several decades, the S&P 500’s annualized average returns comes out to about 10%.

If you’ve already built a diversified portfolio of low-cost index funds via tax-advantaged accounts or taxable brokerage accounts — and have a plan to regularly contribute to these accounts — you may be in a good position to add alternative investments like cryptocurrencies to your portfolio.

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2. Find a place to buy Dogecoin

The easiest way to purchase Dogecoin is on a centralized exchange. As Dogecoin is one of the more popular cryptocurrencies, you should be able to find Dogecoin as an available option on most of the more popular exchanges. As with any crypto, be sure to check if the platform allows you to access your own digital wallet, which means you can send and receive Dogecoin. Some brokers only let you buy and sell Dogecoin with USD.

Dogecoin can be bought and sold on the following exchanges:

Dogecoin can also be found on decentralized exchanges, where you can coordinate peer-to-peer transactions. While decentralized exchanges are often much cheaper to use, they also require a bit more technical know-how, and should only be used by investors who have some expertise in the world of crypto.

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3. Decide how to pay for Dogecoin

Generally, there are two ways to pay for Dogecoin:

Cash:  Exchanges will generally accept fiat currencies like the U.S. dollar for investors who wish to purchase Dogecoin directly. In order to make a purchase, you’ll need to create an account at the exchange you choose, and generally fund that account from a bank account.

Cryptocurrency: If you already own cryptocurrency, you may be able to trade some of your existing digital assets for Dogecoin. However, not all cryptocurrencies can be exchanged for Dogecoin, and each platform can be different in terms of what’s allowed. You’ll need to make sure that the platform you’re using allows you to pair Dogecoin with another cryptocurrency before you place a trade.

4. Decide how to store your Dogecoin

Once you’ve purchased some Dogecoin, you’ll have a few different options on how to store it:

Use an exchange. Most exchanges will allow you to store digital assets directly on the exchange itself. While this is the simplest and most straightforward way to store your crypto, it can also leave your assets exposed in cases of crashes or hacks. Major cryptocurrency exchanges FTX and FTX.US, for example, crashed and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, leaving investors without access to funds. For an additional layer of protection, you might consider using a digital wallet to store your assets.

Use a digital wallet. Storing your digital assets in a cryptocurrency wallet can be a good way to increase security, but it also requires more responsibility on the part of the investor. There are two different types of digital wallets to choose from:

  • Hot wallets remain connected to the internet at all times. This makes them more convenient, as the owner of a hot wallet can access the contents of the wallet from anywhere, any time. However, their internet connection may make them more susceptible to a hacking incident.

  • Cold wallets do not remain connected to the internet. This makes them less convenient to use, as the owner of a cold wallet has to have physical possession of the wallet in order to access its contents. However, their lack of internet connection makes them less vulnerable to online hacks.

Disclosure: Author Andy Rosen owned DOGE, BTC and ETH at the time of publication.

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