Have you ever had one of those emergencies that made you wish you had a secret stash of cash tucked away? Like when your car breaks down on a Monday morning, or when your pet decides to swallow a marble on a Sunday night? We’ve all been there, and let’s face it, emergencies have a way of catching us off guard. But fear not! In this blog post, we’ll be talking about saving for emergencies in a way that’s not only informative but also…wait for it…funny! Yes, you read that right.
We’re going to take a lighthearted approach to saving for emergencies because who says budgeting has to be all doom and gloom?
So, buckle up and get ready for some laughs and practical tips on how to build that emergency fund without sacrificing your sense of humor (or your sanity).
A question to ask yourself,
Well, there’s this thing called, inflation! That pesky little thief sneaks in and steals your hard-earned savings when you’re not looking. You know, the one that makes your dollar today worth less than it was yesterday, and even less than it will be tomorrow. It’s like the ultimate party pooper.
Imagine you save up for a new pair of shoes, but by the time you’ve got enough cash, they cost double what you had budgeted for. And don’t even get me started on retirement planning. Inflation can turn your golden years into rusty years if you’re not careful. So, folks, if you want to keep up with the times and avoid becoming a broke joke, make sure to factor inflation into your savings plan.
Ah, the age-old question: how much should I have in my emergency fund?
Well, let’s see. Do you want to be able to afford a few bags of chips and a soda in case of a minor emergency? Or do you want to be able to rebuild your entire house in case of a natural disaster? The amount you need really depends on how much you like chips and soda, and how sturdy your house is. But seriously, aim for at least 3-6 months of living expenses, and you should be good to go (or stay, if the emergency requires you to hunker down).
Picture this: you’ve got an emergency fund that’s so big, it’s starting to resemble Scrooge McDuck’s money bin.
Sure, it’s comforting to have a pile of cash to dive into, but when does it become too much of a good thing? When your emergency fund starts to give you FOMO (fear of missing out) on all the fun stuff you could be doing with that money. Suddenly, that tropical vacation or fancy new car seems like a much better use of your hard-earned savings. But wait! Remember why you started that emergency fund in the first place. It’s not just a rainy day fund, it’s a hurricane, tornado, and alien invasion fund. So, don’t let FOMO get the best of you, and keep that emergency fund intact (even if you can’t resist doing a little Scrooge McDuck impression from time to time).
What do you do when you have too much in your bank account???
It’s not every day that you have too much cash on hand, so it’s important to make some smart moves. Here are five suggestions that’ll help you put that cash to work:
- Invest in your future: Consider opening an IRA or contributing to your 401(k) to ensure a comfortable retirement.
- Pay off debts: Use that extra cash to pay off any high-interest debts, like credit card balances or student loans.
- Diversify your investments: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket! Consider diversifying your investments with a mix of stocks, bonds, and real estate.
- Start a rainy day fund: Even if you’re rolling in cash, it’s always a good idea to have a rainy day fund for unexpected expenses.
- Treat yourself (responsibly): You deserve to splurge a little, but don’t go overboard! Consider treating yourself to a vacation or a fancy dinner, but make sure you’re still saving and investing for the future.
So there you have it, folks. Five financial moves to make when you have too much cash on hand. Now go forth and make it rain (responsibly)!
Joshua Krafchick, the “Unconventional” Money Guy