This is a very timely blog I was thinking to write this week as I woke up with a family emergency.
This is not the first time that I write about emergency funds but although I have written about it in the past, I was only focused on the purpose which is obviously known to many.
Of course, again EMERGENCIES are unforeseen events we need to attend to ASAP and because they are unexpected, we are often unprepared. And because we are unprepared, we no longer have any options left but to borrow money from private individuals or private money lending companies no matter how high the interest rate will be. Wala nang choice eh, wala na ring maisanla.
As a teacher who has a regular source of income, it is actually very simple to save up for your emergency fund. But to finally save money for emergencies, you need the discipline and determination. You need to inculcate in your mind the “ant attitude”. Remember the story of “Si Langgam at si Tipaklong”?
See, saving up for emergencies is not a new thing, it’s actually since the beginning way back to our parents “Pepe and Pilar” textbooks and even way beyond that. For instance, in the Old Testament, Joseph helped the Egyptians to save up food for the famine to come. But unfortunately, many of us are still struggling of putting these stories into action.
So, how can we really save up for our emergency fund knowing how important this is? Let the 4 ways below be a reminder to us.
1.Separate a part of your salary each month
How about separating 5%-10% of your monthly income to be added in your emergency fund? In your monthly budget each month, see to it that emergency fund is not ignored. It must be a part of the budget no matter what.
2.Do number 1 regularly
It is said that an emergency fund is the equivalent of your 3-6 months’ worth of your monthly expenses. But if you don’t have insurance like health, life, car/house insurance, you need to save up for more.
So, don’t stop segregating a part of your income until you come up with that amount.
3.Lessen your unnecessary expenses
Once you take out the amount for your emergency fund, you may think that you lack the money to afford your monthly expenses. Then later, you’ll be forced to take back the amount you segregated for emergencies and spent it.
You have to do some adjustments. Lessen your spending on things that are not really important. Be specific also of what an emergency really is. Birthday parties for example are not emergencies for me.
4.Find additional source of income
To quickly save up for emergency fund, be creative to find an additional source of income. As a teacher, for sure you have creative ideas and skills that you can monetize.
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These ways are actually doable for a teacher like you and for anybody.
Important note: Do Not Ignore
Saving up for your emergency fund is not a one man job. Everyone in the family should be game on this including the kids. They have to be involved also and understand the importance of having an emergency fund. If you are still single, let your parents, siblings, nephews and nieces know your goal of saving up for an emergency fund.
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