The Importance of a Rainy Day Fund

What would happen if you lost your job tomorrow? Would you have enough money to cover all of your expenses without running up extreme credit card debt? It is very important to have an emergency fund set aside for life’s unexpected events. There are many reasons why you should have a rainy day fund, and there are ways you can ensure you’re able to set one up that is sufficient for your specific needs. Let’s discuss some of the ways you can manage your money properly so you are able to allocate money to your rainy day fund!

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Losing your job is only one of the many reasons you need to have back up cash. You can also have expensive health or dental issues, or a major car repair. It’s essential that you have money set aside for these occasions. It is recommended that you have at least three to six months worth or income set aside in this fund. You can check out this handy calculator to get a more precise amount!

Once you have calculated your monthly expenses, then you need to figure out how will you will actually save up the money to put into your rainy day fund. Take a look at your current budget to see if there are areas where you are spending in excess. If you are able to cut out some excessive spending like dining out, or buying daily coffees, you might be well on your way to meeting your fund’s goal. There are also apps that offer automatic savings which make it very easy to ensure that you are setting aside a portion of each paycheck towards your emergency fund.

There are many other ways which can make your emergency fund goal a reality. You could sell items which you no longer need. The average garage sale could net you around 750 dollars! Getting a side hustle is another great way to bring in extra income. Some common side gigs include, freelance writing, graphic design, virtual assistant, bookkeeping, and accounting services. Check out this article for some more side hustle ideas!

How To Survive The Next Big Economic Meltdown

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It is NOT a matter of IF another economic collapse happens, it is a matter of WHEN and HOW you can prepare for. We don’t mean to be fear-mongers or cynics, but history would suggest the world cannot operate without an economic crash every so often. It could be a political move that sends us spiralling down, perhaps Trump will annoy Putin or vice versa. It could be that the next generation of bankers doesn’t remember the risks they run, get greedy with mortgages again and see another bank too big to fail actually fail. It could be a zombie apocalypse that sets it off.

The point is, any economic collapse will worsen spending habits, poverty, disrupted social order, protests and maybe even violence is inevitable. That is why you should always prepare for the worst. And here is how you can do that.

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Your Finances

This is a huge part of protecting yourself from the turmoil of a crash, and your first move should be saving up an emergency fund of at least $1000. Once you have reached this figure, divert all of your attention to paying off your debt. Once that is done, go back to increasing that emergency pot of yours, and make sure you keep it separate from all of your other accounts. Temptation can be a hard thing to resist. The reason for this is simple; an economic crash sees people lose their jobs and it can be near impossible to land yourself another role until the economy picks up again. If it is a total crash, then you need to protect against the unknown, which will be you not being able to access your account. As such, it is worth having your emergency fund available in cash, cold hard cash, or consider stocking other commodities like gold; anything that can be used to barter.

Clean Water

When an economic crisis happens, a serious one, it is possible that certain supplies may get cut off, such as water and power. Now, it can be hard to store power, unless you have a generator, but you can store water. So make sure you have a stash of drinking water than can be used for drinking, hygiene, and cooking. As a rule of thumb, store a gallon of water for each person, and store it in a clean place.

Food Supply

This is not a grocery shop. No. Storing food for an emergency means buying non-perishable goods. This may seem like a drastic measure to take unless you are in a war zone, but an economic crash can see fuel run out and prices of essentials sky-rocket, so make sure you have enough food to cover you for when times get hard. This should be stuff that doesn’t require refrigeration and has all nutrients you need to sustain a healthy and balanced diet.

Emergency Kit

Once again, in an economic crisis, these items tend to go quickest, so make sure you have a stockpile of specific items that you may need in an emergency. These are things like blankets, multi-use tools, matches, battery-powered radio, cell phone, charger and maps, and torches. You should also make photocopies of any proof of ID and address, as well as have first aid supplies just in case. Know the contact details of family and friends that you may want to contact and, if you have a baby, then make sure there is a supply of nappies, food, and formula.