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Simple Steps For Funding Financial Emergencies

Written by Toi Williams on Dec 4th, 2008 | Filed under: saving

Many people today have overlooked the fact that financial emergencies can affect anyone and that they need to have a plan in place to be able to handle any financial emergency that comes their way.  A financial emergency can take many forms, such as an extremely high medical bill, the loss of a job, or a needed repair, and if the person does not have the means to handle the financial emergency, it could cause financial devastation.  There are a few simple steps that any person can take to prepare themselves to handle a financial emergency and people that take these steps will find that the financial emergency will cost them a lot less than it would have without the means to handle the emergency in place.

Determining The Amount That Is Needed

The first step in creating funding for financial emergencies is determining how much money you will need to have in the fund.  Many experts recommend that a person should have the financial equivalent of 6 months of normal expenses saved for financial emergencies so the person would be able to fund their current lifestyle for at least 6 months if a catastrophic event occurs.  The amount that is needed can be calculated by tracking all expenses for a period of two months to obtain an accurate picture of the person’s financial expenditures and tripling the number to create a target amount for saving.

Different Methods For Saving

There are a number of different methods that can be used as a way of saving the money that is necessary for the emergency fund.  Some people choose to place any additional money that they receive, such as overtime pay or bonuses, into the savings account for the emergency fund while some others have the money diverted from their bi-weekly paychecks directly into the savings account.  People that do not have a great deal of disposable income will often choose to eliminate one of their regular expenses, such as purchasing a specialty coffee on the way to work, and place the money used for that expense into the savings account until their savings goal has been reached.

In many cases, the person finds that the savings methods that are used to create the fund for financial emergencies become good habits for saving for other needs as well.  Just because the target savings goal has been reached is no reason to discontinue saving for the future, whatever it may hold.  Having some financial backing to handle the unexpected events in life can give you greater peace of mind as well as allowing you to handle any situation that may arise.

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