saving some money up and wondering if I should invest, any quick ideas? long term?
I don't want to insult you, but $3,000 is nothing. Do you have an emergency fund of 3 to 6 months of your expenses? $3,000 would be a good start to that.
Also, if you have credit card balances or a car loan, that would provide instant help.
If you really want to invest it, pick a good index fund that tracks the S&P 500, for a long-term (10 to 25 year) investment.
Short term would depend on your tolerance for risk and expectation for gain.