How to Rebuild Your Emergency Fund

How to Rebuild Your Emergency Fund

Ah, snap. Things were going so nicely. You felt like you had your life together. And then . . . it happens. It meaning your water heater busts, your car manages to get two flat tires, and you crack a tooth . . . why?

Thankfully, you had an emergency fund. Unthankfully, now you don’t. It feels good to pay cash to fix the problem, but then your emergency fund is drained—and now what?

Now you go all Rocky Balboa on it and run up a bunch of stairs chanting, “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” Meaning, you rebuild that emergency fund.

There’s no shame in that game. This is what the fund is for—emergencies. It did its job—and well—so get back on those stairs and show life you’re going to keep moving forward. You will rebuild your emergency fund.

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5 Easy Budget Tips to Set Aside $1,000 for Emergencies

5 Easy Budget Tips to Set Aside $1,000 for Emergencies

A 2014 Federal Reserve survey shows that only 53% of people say they can cover a $400 emergency without borrowing money or selling something. It would be weird to think the only way to pay for a new alternator is to sell your couch or get a loan from your parents!

It’s better—tons better, believe us—to have an emergency fund for expenses that hit you out of left field. Increasing the buffer between you and those “Why me?” expenses that pop up will relieve some of the stress that comes with an unexpected emergency.

Here’s how to budget your way to an emergency fund without selling a thing or borrowing a dime.

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The Emergency Fund: Why You Need One, and How to Get One

The Emergency Fund: Why You Need One, and How to Get One

Walk out of the salon with a different hairdo than you came looking for, and well, money’s not much help. Time is needed to grow out those awkward bangs. For most other emergencies—you know, real ones like when you accidentally wreck your car because you’re crying over that bad haircut—cash-on-hand saves the day.

Maybe you’re nodding along in agreement because money in a real emergency fund would solve lots of problems. But you’re unsure of how to save up or what to do first. We’re here to help! Below you’ll find answers to all of your emergency fund questions as well as tips for where to store your money and when to use it.

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