How to build your own emergency fund

by Julia Brown and Barry Weiss Weiss 05/29/2024

Building an emergency fund is a crucial step in establishing financial security for your household. Like it or not, we all encounter unexpected expenses, whether they be from an appliance breaking or major lifestyle changes. Here are some tips to help you get started and build an emergency fund:

Set a savings goal

Determine how much money you would like to save for your emergency fund. It is generally recommended to aim for three to six months' worth of living expenses. This will provide a cushion to handle unexpected financial emergencies.

Make it automatic

Set up an automatic transfer from your checking account to a separate savings account for your emergency fund. Automating the process ensures that the money is consistently saved without relying on willpower alone.

Start small & and be consistent

If saving a large sum seems overwhelming, start with small contributions and gradually increase them over time. Consistency is key. Even saving a small amount regularly can add up over time.

Save windfalls & extra income

Whenever you receive unexpected income, such as a tax refund, a bonus, or a gift, consider putting a portion or all of it into your emergency fund. It's a great way to boost your savings without impacting your regular budget.

Keep it separate

Maintain your emergency fund in a separate savings account, preferably one that is not easily accessible for day-to-day spending. Keeping it separate will reduce the temptation to dip into the funds for non-emergency purposes.

Remember, building an emergency fund takes time and discipline. Stay committed to your savings goals, be patient, and celebrate each milestone along the way.

About the Author

Julia Brown and Barry Weiss Weiss

Introducing the partnership of Brown & Weiss. Julia & Barry have a combined 23 years of experience in real estate and over 70 combined years of customer service. They each have lived in the Wilmington area for over 20 years and are very familiar with the local market. Their savvy negotiations and cutting edge marketing join uncompromising integrity as the hallmarks of Julia and Barry’s service. They are well respected in the Wilmington area not only for their professional track record and high ethical standards, but for being hardworking individuals that will do anything in their power to ensure their client’s success. Julia and Barry enjoy working for the number one real estate company in the area- Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. With the Coldwell Banker brand and their experience behind the sale or purchase or your home, you can’t go wrong. So, put us to work for you today and “Let us light your way home".