How to Make Sure Your Emergency Fund is Just Right

They say it is wise to save for a rainy day, but how much is enough? Here are the things to consider.

A rule of thumb I share with my clients is if you live in a two-income household, you should stash away at least three months of fixed living expenses.

If you live in a one-income household, then the savings amount should be increased to six months of fixed living expenses.

Fixed living expenses are those expenses you have to pay on a monthly basis. These expenses do not care if you have a job or not — like rent or mortgage, car note, various types of insurance, etc.

To figure out what your fixed living expenses are, jot down all of these expenses, add them up and multiply that number by 3 or 6. This is the baseline nest egg you should be working towards.

Listen, some savings is better than no savings. If you’re starting from $0, let’s set a goal of at least $2,000 in savings. Review your budget and pause on any discretionary spending (that’s basically code for unnecessary spending). Let’s save those dollars, because as we know, there will be some rainy days, and we want you to be prepared.

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