Starting an Emergency Fund Can Save Your Bank Account

by Sean Bryant on November 1, 2012

Each and every one of us lacks the ability to predict the future. Tomorrow, we might head into work only to find out we no longer have a job. We could wake up to find that the water heater has exploded and our basement is flooded with water. Because of this uncertainty, it is extremely important that we are prepared to take on the financial burden of an emergency.

The very first thing to be done after paying off debt is to establish some type of emergency fund. You could have as little as $1,000, which would help cover the broken water heater or an emergency car repair. You could also boost this fund up to as much as six or 12 months worth of living expenses. This would give your family security in case someone were to lose their job.

Make sure your emergency fund is easily accessible, as you never know when you may need it right away. I like to keep mine in an online savings account at ING Direct. While you are not going to be able to earn as much of a return on your money compared to other investments, you will still earn more than if you hid it under the mattress.

To help you get your emergency fund started I have joined a few other bloggers and we are giving away a $100 in cash (or Amazon gift card) to one lucky winner.

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Sean Bryant

Sean Bryant created in 2011 to help pass along his knowledge of finance and economics to others. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in economics he worked as a construction superintendent before jumping into the world of finance. Sean has worked on the trade desk for a commodities brokerage firm, he was a project manager for an investment research company and was a CDO analyst at a big bank. That being said he brings a good understanding of the finance field to the One Smart Dollar community. When not working Sean and his wife are avid world travelers. He enjoys spending time with his two kids and dog Charlie.
Lance@MoneyLife&More November 1, 2012 at 10:35 am

Very cool giveaway! Hope I win… but doesn’t everyone hope they win?

JennaL November 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Hey Sean, thank you for tweeting my entry. I am super excited to see who will win this $100 giveaway. 🙂

Sean @ One Smart Dollar November 1, 2012 at 6:07 pm


Kim November 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Start small and build from there if you have to. Having easy access is also necessary. Doesn’t do you much good if it takes a week and 10% penalty to get to.

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