Video: Emergency Fund Boot Camp

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This video describes what an emergency fund is and is not, why you need an emergency fund, how much money should be in it and tips on putting that money aside.

Video Transcript

JEN: I'm doing it. New year, new me! Starting off with a yoga retreat! No, wait, yoga retreat was Saturday. Today is…

MAJOR: Rise and shine, ladies!

JEN: Emergency fund bootcamp.

MAJOR: Let's get those money muscles moving! Hup! Hup! Hup! Hup!

JEN: Excuse me…

MAJOR: That's Major Savings to you, recruit.

JEN: Okay. Major. I think there's been a mistake. I'm not supposed to be in this class. I don't even need an emergency fund!

MAJOR: What did you say?

JEN: Ah, I've never been fired and I almost never get sick so I don't think I need an emergency fund?

MAJOR: Treadmill. Go! You might think you're marching along just fine without an emergency fund, but what happens when you lose your job, or get into an accident that wrecks your car, or get hit with an unexpected medical bill? Hup!

JEN: I know those examples get tossed around a lot, but I really can't see those things happening to me. Plus, I have insurance for that kind of stuff, thank you very much.

MAJOR: Oh yeah? You think you're invincible, recruit? What if a family member gets ill and you have to look after them? Or your insurance reimbursement takes longer than expected? What if your pet needs a crazy operation in order to live? What if your hot water tank explodes? Or there's a flash flood? Or your refrigerator catches fire? With no emergency fund, you just wouldn't be able to keep up. Here.

JEN: And just how am I supposed to deal with a bunch of giant unpredictable expenses all on my own?

MAJOR: Well, recruit, a healthy emergency fund will spot you for the truly unpredictable obstacles, but you can lighten the load by saving for some expenses before they turn into emergencies.

JEN: How can I save for something I don't know will happen?

MAJOR: You may not know the when, but you know the what. If you own a vehicle, start saving for eventual repairs. If you own a pet…

JEN: I have a cat!

MAJOR: Then start saving for eventual… cat repairs. Or whatever cats need. The point is, the more you budget for outside of your emergency fund, the better you'll be able to manage whatever comes at you. Now drop down and give me a thousand!

JEN: A thousand?

MAJOR: You heard me! One thousand. Dollars, that is. Makes for a good starting goal for your emergency fund. Over time, you should increase that to six months worth of expenses. It takes time and dedication to get there, but once you make it… What in the?

JEN: Just because something's unexpected doesn't mean you can't be prepared for it.

MAJOR: I'm proud of you, recruit. So proud.

MAJOR: I don't know but you've been told, your spending and savings must be controlled.

JEN: You've given me some good advice, a slice of pizza would be nice

MAJOR: Sound off

JEN: Pizza

MAJOR: Sound off!

JEN: Pizza. No more workouts only pizza!

MAJOR: Hey!

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