Be Prepared, Because Life Happens

Be Prepared, Because Life Happens

An emergency fund is an essential part of your personal finances. Its importance is stressed in almost every personal finance book and budgeting blog, and yet 26% of Americans currently have no emergency fund in place. Of those who do have an emergency fund, up to two-thirds do not have the often-recommended six months’ worth of expenses saved up.

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Video: Emergency Fund Boot Camp

Video: Emergency Fund Boot Camp

In this It's a Money Thing video, Jen goes to emergency fund boot camp. Having an emergency fund means having one less thing to worry about when the unexpected happens. If you find yourself in a situation like a medical emergency, an out-of-the-blue home repair or losing a job, you don’t want to be worrying about how you’re going to manage expenses or about going into debt to cover costs. An emergency fund will let you focus on getting your life back to normal.

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