How Much to Save For an Emergency

The question of how much money to save for an emergency fund is a bit of a tricky one. The fact of the matter is, the size of your emergency fund depends almost entirely on your situation. For example, if you have a relatively new automobile that is still under warranty, you will need less money in your emergency fund for car repairs than you will if you are driving an older car. Figuring out how much money you need to be saving for an emergency fund is very specific to your situation. However, there are guidelines that most people can use to figure out how much they should be saving for an emergency fund.

The first thing to keep in mind when saving money for an emergency fund is that anything saved is a good thing. Even if you don’t hit your savings goal, the fact that you have an emergency fund will pay off in the long run.





To know how much money you need to be saving for an emergency fund, you need to figure out what your regular monthly budget is. Then, take that figure and multiply it by three. If you set aside three months worth of expenses, you will have gone a long way to saving enough money for an emergency fund. However, this should not be the full amount that you save, but only a starting point.

To your emergency fund, you should add extra money for the amount of home and automotive repairs you are likely to have in 3 months. To find this number, look at what you have spent on these items in the last year and divide that number by 4. In addition, you need to find out what the cost is for COBRA insurance, in the event that you would lose your job, so that you could be covered by insurance. This, too, should be added to the emergency fund.

While it may take a long time for you to save enough money for an emergency fund, it will be well worth it in the long run.


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