- Medical bills
- Veterinary bills
- Car repairs
- Must-do home repairs
How much should you save?Some financial advisors recommend saving three months’ worth of expenses in an emergency fund. Others recommend six. Still others recommend eight months or a year.
If even one month isn’t realistic for you, don’t rule out an emergency fund entirely. Even the smallest contribution can make a difference. With the economic upheaval of the last few years, it’s become less about what people should save and more about what they can save.
Where to startCreate a rough budget to get an idea of how much money you may have left over each month to contribute to an emergency fund. Even if you think you’ll have nothing left over, working through the numbers may reveal new ways you could cut back and put a little aside. Think about it this way: if you could save even $1 a day, that’s $30 a month and $365 a year. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Use a refillable water bottle instead of buying bottled water
- Cut down daily coffee shop runs to twice a week
- Cancel subscriptions like streaming services you don’t use much
Why it’s worth itWhatever the amount, an emergency fund can give you more peace of mind and a sense of pride as you work toward a positive financial goal. In the case of emergency, using money you’ve saved will be less expensive than loans and credit cards with interest.
United is here to help you set up your emergency fund through a range of savings account options, and automatic transfers from your checking account can make it easy to stay on track. Check them out online or stop by your nearest branch.