Every financially responsible adult should have multiple savings accounts, the most important of which should be an emergency fund. This fund is used to cover emergencies that are unforeseen and not built into your budget. It should cover catastrophes such as a costly car or home repair not covered by warranties or an unexpected healthcare expense.
The emergency fund savings is not to be confused with saving for your future or a family vacation, down payment on a new car or home, or a wedding. It is an account protected to cover you and prevent those unforeseen disasters from causing you financial hardship or devastation. Here are three important things to consider when saving for an emergency fund.
Use a Financial Advisor
While hiring a professional financial advisor is expensive, it is a financially smart thing to do, especially if you are not good with your finances. Many smart and savvy adults who are good at their jobs and have talents in other areas are not good with money. Commonly, most working adults carry a little to a far greater amount of debt brought about by the mishandling of their money.
The cost of hiring a financial advisor will easily be defrayed by the amount of savings having a professional help you straighten out your finances will gain you. These financial experts know how to help you identify where you can make changes and create savings accounts for your future and for emergencies.
Most people hesitate to use a financial advisor because of the cost, but because they are embarrassed by their financial situation and laying it open in front of a virtual stranger can be challenging. If you can put these concerns aside and understand these professionals have seen it all and know how to get you on the right financial path, you will not regret your decision. Not only will they help you get a much-needed emergency fund in place quickly, but they can help you with every aspect of your finances, leading you to financial freedom.
The Amount of Your Emergency Fund
Most people ask when contemplating an emergency fund is how much should the fund contain? If you are a novice at saving, the answer is that you should start small and save an amount of $1,000 as quickly as possible. These savings will easily cover small issues such as a car or home repairs or other similar issues.
Once you have the $1,000 emergency nest egg, it is time to build that savings to cover bigger issues such as job loss or medical issues that could cause longer-term income loss. Most experts will recommend this amount be equal to at least six months of your income. Doing this will ensure you are covered if there are hindrances to employment for a prolonged period.
Once you have six months of your income saved, it is suggested that you continue to build towards a year. Keep in mind these savings is never to be touched for anything other than an emergency or financial hardships. You should still have other savings to include those for specific large purchases or vacations and those specifically towards your retirement funds. But before you contribute to any of those other savings accounts, you should use all your savings efforts to build your emergency fund.
Where to Keep Your Emergency Fund
There are several places you could keep your emergency fund, but some definite rules you want to follow to make sure your emergency funds are kept in the right place(s).
Before deciding where to keep the funds that work best for you, there is one rule to follow, no matter where you choose to keep this fund. Ensure it is accessible without penalties or days of red tape to obtain. After all, it has emergency right in the name, implying you will need it right away. However, don’t make it so accessible that you will be tempted to use it for non-emergency purchases. Restrain yourself from “borrowing” from this fund for non-emergency desires of your heart.
One of the safest places to keep your emergency funds while also fitting the previously describe rule of thumb is in an online bank. Banks that are completely housed and operated online make electronic transactions easy while also being an account not attached to your traditional bank account, making accessing it more tempting.
Another great account that will not be attached to your traditional bank account is a money market account. This type of account is not only a standalone account, but it can gain your interest while your money is sitting in reserve, waiting for an emergency. Savings accounts that gain interest are never bad, especially when you are trying to build this emergency account to equal a year’s income.
Keeping these three important aspects of an emergency fund in mind when considering building this savings account will ensure you have coverage in your times of financial need. Having this fund will not only provide you with peace of mind when an emergency arises, but it will provide you with it knowing it’s there if you should ever need it.About Complete Controller® – America’s Bookkeeping Experts Complete Controller is the Nation’s Leader in virtual bookkeeping, providing service to businesses and households alike. Utilizing Complete Controller’s technology, clients gain access to a cloud-hosted desktop where their entire team and tax accountant may access the QuickBooks™️ file, critical financial documents, and back-office tools in an efficient and secure environment. Complete Controller’s team of certified US-based accounting professionals provide bookkeeping, record storage, performance reporting, and controller services including training, cash-flow management, budgeting and forecasting, process and controls advisement, and bill-pay. With flat-rate service plans, Complete Controller is the most cost-effective expert accounting solution for business, family-office, trusts, and households of any size or complexity.