- Emergency savings are for times like this. If you have saved some money, pat yourself on the back – you deserve it. Take out only what you need and spend prudently.
- If you do not have a savings account to fall back on, don’t despair. However, this is a good example of a situation where an emergency savings would be helpful, and may be the perfect motivation to start one.
- Ask your employer to have money deducted from your paycheck and deposited into a savings account. Three to six months of accessible expenses in a liquid account is standard.
- Financial planning begins and ends with a realistic budget. If you haven’t reviewed your goals, assets, income, expenses, and debt in a while (or ever) now is the time to do it. Sit down and do the numbers crunch. It is worth the effort.
- Once you have an accurate idea of where your money is going each month, take a good, hard look at it. Are there areas you can reduce or eliminate? Just how important is the $4 morning muffin and coffee? Five times per week will run you $80 a month. This is your opportunity to analyze when and how you spend your money – and make positive decisions about what you may want to change.
- Track your expenses. It’s a great habit to get into, and you may be able to prevent “money leakage” – the fast cash $40 that seems to evaporate before you leave the ATM machine. By plugging the holes now, you can save more efficiently for the times when you will really need it.
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