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Emergency Funds Are Important + $100 Paypal/Amazon Giveaway!

In the harsh economic times we are now enduring Emergency Funds have never been more important! A decade ago when the economy was booming we might have considered an emergency fund just to cover the odd unexpected broken appliance, vehicle or perhaps to help out a family member in a time of need. When you consider the precarious nature of the current economy though, emergency funds take on a whole new light!

Prepare For The Worst

The UK economy seems to be taking one step forward and two steps back! The moment we have a bit of good economic news, it gets clouded out with news of a factory closure and thousands of job losses, or of a retail chain going into administration. Bearing this in mind it’s extremely important that you take your emergency fund more seriously than you ever have in the past.

How long could you survive financially if you were to lose your job? 6 months, 3 months, less??

Nobody is immune in this economy and it’s not overly pessimistic to prepare for the worst. This might mean making cutbacks in certain areas to put some money into an emergency fund, temporarily affecting your lifestyle. It might seem like hard work in the short term but you’ll be glad you did if something happens with your job!

The Bigger The Better!

A big question people often ask when it comes to emergency funds is ‘How Much Should I Put Into An Emergency Fund’?

There really is no set figure that can be recommended in answer to this question, it all depends on your circumstances. In times gone by when the economy was sound we might only have been thinking of preparing for small emergencies and a couple of thousand may have sufficed. Nowadays it’s wise to consider how long you could last were the worst to happen and you lost your employment. Government benefits for job seekers are often insufficient to cover the living costs of an average family so you need a healthy amount in reserve to cover your day to day expenses in the event of a job loss. I would say in this economy it would be wise to have enough money put away in an emergency fund to keep you going for at least 6 months if you were to lose your job.

Once It’s There You Can Start Spending Again

This is a point that often gets forgotten when thinking about starting an emergency fund. It might seem like you have to change your lifestyle forever to save an emergency fund. That just isn’t true though! Once you’ve lived frugally for a while and built up your emergency fund you can resume your old lifestyle safe in the knowledge that you are financially secure for a good period of time if the worst was to happen!

What Do You Think? Do You Need An Emergency Fund & How Much Is Enough?

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4 Responses to Emergency Funds Are Important + $100 Paypal/Amazon Giveaway!

  1. I think 3 months of expenses is good. But tha’ts hard to build up, I know. And then once you do, it’s hard to decide what an emergency really is. So we’re still working on the 3month thing. We figured it’ll be worth it. Right?
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  2. Edward Antrobus says:

    I don’t have an emergency fund, per se, but I keep a $1000 buffer in my checking account. Since establishing that, my lowest bank balance has been $800, so, yes, I have dipped into it a little. When hot weather starts is not the time to find out your AC isn’t working!
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  3. Jason Clayton | frugal habits says:

    Man, everyone is doing a giveaway today. It must be Friday!

    Any money in your account is better than no money, so the more the better. I think 3 months emergency savings is the minimum. I would even lean toward 6-9 months now with the way the economy has been.

  4. My goal is to have a full year. I’m a long ways from it though. My thought is that since my job has no benefits and if I break a leg I would be unable to work. So in my case more is better. Although once I reach 3-4 months I’ll build it up a little slower.
    I also think people living off of one income should aim for a longer fund. If you lose that one job you lose 100% of your income. If you have 2 then you lose much less than 100% depending on how much you each make.
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