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Your emergency fund is your self-insurance. Starting your emergency fund sooner than later will avail you of guardrails. Your emergency fund can help prevent you from derailing your financial future. Follow these four steps to start your emergency fund, gain financial confidence and stability, giving you peace of mind.
When starting your emergency fund, it is essential to determine your net worth. When choosing your net worth, create a spreadsheet with your assets’ correlating values, including homes, bank, and brokerage accounts. Then, subtract all your debts, including loans, mortgages, and credit card balances, to determine your net worth. You may even have cash or other money to start your emergency fund and reach other goals. Taking the time to organize your money can be eye-opening.
When creating your expense plan
Three to six months of your expenses is a great starting point for starting your emergency fund. But finances are personal, and you must determine the right amount.
Once organizing your finances, determine the amount of money you want in your emergency fund.
For example, you might ideally want an emergency fund of $18,000. You can set up six shorter-term goals of three thousand dollars. Celebrate each win as you attain each goal of funding your account with three thousand dollars.
When deciding how to start your emergency fund, consider your other short- and long-term goals. These goals include paying off credit card debt, planning a work-optional life or retirement, or saving money for a home.
Certainly, prioritizing starting your emergency fund makes sense. But doing that simultaneously with paying off high-interest credit card debt might make sense, too. It is important not to let analysis paralysis get in the way. Yet be mindful of your overall plan. Eliminating high-interest debt and having an emergency fund are important achievements before buying a home.
Once you know how much money you have each month, transfer it to your emergency fund. Whether $50 or $1,000, open a high-yield savings account and set up automated monthly transfers. Then add these transfers to your expense plan.
Always celebrate all your wins along the way to fully funding your account.
Regularly revisit your personalized financial plan, including your expenses and goals, and make any necessary adjustments.
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Set a date on your calendar with a reminder to revisit your personalized financial plan. Always make sure your emergency fund still aligns with your plan.
Consider focussing on your needs over wants, canceling subscriptions, negotiating with and asking for discounts, and switching providers.
If you receive an increase in cash, whether a gift, bonus, or tax refund, pause. Always set aside money for taxes and consider using the rest to reach your goal.
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