Setting money aside for tough times is tougher to do than you might think.
If you lose your job tomorrow, do you have enough money to pay your rent next month?
Bad things can happen. Start an emergency fund in three simple steps to cushion you in times of trouble.
Saving in an emergency fund can sound like a daunting task. You may think you don’t even need one. But imagine if you had a serious emergency right now. How much is in your bank account? Can you afford an extra 20,000 EGP obligation?
Emergency funds help protect you in case of any event, big or small: car repairs, your kitchen flooding or even a wild donkey in your living room. When an unexpected expense pops up – somehow it always seems to be at the most inconvenient times – you should have something to fall back on.
1. Decide How Much You Should Save.
You should have at least one month worth of your net pay saved in your emergency fund. Once you hit this goal, bump it up to three to six months. For couples who make similar incomes, Money Talks recommends about three months.
If you’re a contract employee whose income is less stable, you should save a little more to cover months when you earn less. You should also focus on saving more if you have dependents or planning on adding to your family. Your emergency fund should be able to cover a large deductible or co-pay in case of a family hospitalization.
2. Select an Account.
The key to an emergency fund is accessibility and extremely low-risk, but some options are better than others. Do your research, find the places you want to stash your cash and keep it there. The bottom line is you want to be able to access your emergency fund quickly when you need it.
3. Set up Direct Deposit.
The most effective way to save for your emergency fund is by setting up automatic withdrawal from your checking account. Consider starting out with 700 EGP a month and increasing from there if you can. One of our favorite tips is to change your direct deposit at work, sending a portion of your paycheck directly to your savings account.
If you don’t see it, you don’t spend it.
Remember, you don’t have to fully fund an account all in one go. Save what you can, even if it’s small, but prioritize your goals so that your emergency fund receives the most attention.
Having an emergency fund allows you to ward off financial catastrophe without draining other accounts, interrupting progress on other financial goals or forcing you into debt.
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