Why build and emergency fund?

Saving for Emergencies is a sound choice. Having an emergency savings fund may be the most important difference between those who manage to stay afloat and those who are sinking financially. That’s because maintaining emergency savings of $500 to $1,000 allows you to easily meet unexpected financial challenges such as:

• repairing the brakes on your car
• buying your child a new pair of needed shoes
• replacing a broken window in your house
• paying for a visit to the doctor when your child has the flu
• covering the dental expense of filling a painful cavity
• paying for a parking ticket
• flying to visit a sick parent.

The emergency fund not only allows you to cover these expenses, it also gives you the “peace of mind” that you can afford these types of financial emergencies. Not having an emergency savings fund is an important reason that many individuals borrow too much money at high interest rates. For example, with emergency savings, Americans probably would not have to take out $2 billion a year in payday loans at interest rates that average 300 to 500 percent.

To read more check out Build Your Emergency Fund.

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