An emergency fund is money you save and put aside to cover a financial shock. This could be losing your job, or an unexpected expense such as fixing a broken boiler.
It can give you peace of mind and prevent you needing to take on debt.
How much do I need?
Ideally, 6 months’ essential expenses – for example, rent or mortgage, utility bills and groceries. If you’re just starting out, you could set a smaller target – such as 3 months’ essential expenses – to begin with. Any emergency fund is better than nothing, so don’t be discouraged.
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Starting your emergency fund
Not sure where to start? No problem. We’ve got guides to help you take that first step.
Building good financial habits
Want to save more? Here are some ideas to help you boost your savings.
Making your money work harder
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