How much you need in an emergency fund

Even if you can only save a little, make a start and keep saving. The more you can regularly save, the better.

If you put $20 a week into a savings account, you’ll have over $1,040 by the end of the year. That’s the start of a good amount of savings to give you some financial breathing space.

Plan for the future

If you’re thinking long term, it’s worth having a bit more put aside. This can help if you’re unable to work for a while — for example, if you take some time off work to care for a family member.

A good target is to have enough in your emergency fund to cover three months of expenses.

Once you know your monthly expenses, multiply this by the number of months you would like to cover. This can be your savings goal.

You could also think about income protection to help cover costs if you’re unable to work.

How to save for an emergency fund

Set up a separate savings account

It’s a good idea to set up a separate, high-interest savings account for your emergency fund. A separate account will mean you’re less tempted to dip into it for everyday expenses.

Automate your savings

You can set up an automatic transfer to your emergency fund from the account that your wage is paid into. Or ask your payroll department if they can pay a small part of your wage directly into the emergency fund account.

You can then set and forget, knowing your emergency fund is growing.

Maximise your offset account

If you have a home loan with an offset account, you can use the offset account as your emergency fund. This will lower your home loan interest payments, and means you can access your money quickly.

Keep adding to your emergency fund

If you get some extra money during the year, like a tax refund, you can use this to boost your emergency savings.

When to use your emergency fund

Keep your emergency fund for expenses you need to pay quickly when other money isn’t available. If it can wait, save up for a few weeks and pay it from this saved money instead.

 

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