Personal Development, Finance and Investing For Filipinos
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Determine how much you need to save over time to finance your dreams. Include an emergency fund in your financial goals.
Why do I need an emergency fund?
What Is An Emergency Fund?
Along with the simple act of creating a savings account, one of the most important things that you can do with your money is create an emergency fund or contingency fund. An emergency fund or contingency fund is an account that you should contribute to regularly that is meant to act as a safety net for you and your loved ones should something unexpected happen. This can include an untimely death, an unexpected injury or illness, or other significant expenses incurred, such as a car repair.
It is advisable that the emergency or contingency fund—the amount of money that can be drawn upon quickly to cover major unexpected adverse events—should be equivalent to 3 or more than 6 months of a family's average monthly expense.
It is important to understand that emergency funds should not be touched until the time in which a crisis arises as tapping it before then undermines what it represents.
How To Create An Emergency Fund?
Here are a few steps to build your emergency fund:
Establish Your Goal
Remember SMART (S-pecific M-easurable A-chievable R-ealistic T-ime-Bound). First thing to do is, check your cash flow and evaluate how much you can set aside per month towards your emergency fund.
Plan To Meet Your Goal
If you decide that you’ll need Php 100,000 to get by for a few months in a worse-case scenario, make a reasonable plan to achieve that goal.
Allocate Your Initial Low Target
Set a certain percentage amount of your income every month to build your emergency cover over a period of months. Much better if you will allocate more to the emergency fund when you earn more money.
So, What Is The Formula?
(Let's assume sample figures)
MONTHLY EXPENSES ✖️ # OF MONTHS TO COVER = EMERGENCY FUND SIZE
Simple, isn't it?
Setting up an emergency fund is more than just being practical, it’s being responsible.
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