Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Avoid financial ruin - cont.

Decide where you will keep the fundDecide where you will keep the fund

Your rainy day emergency fund should be easily accessible, but not so easily accessible that you'll be tempted to make withdrawals for everyday spending.
Use an account away from my normal checking account to build a psychological wall between my spending habits and my emergency fund. Credit unions work well because they normally allow you to start with smaller amounts of money.
Online banks also are good locations for your emergency savings account because you can't just walk into the bank and withdraw your cash.
Keeping emergency funds in a combination of locations and/or saving accounts, including an online savings account, in savings bonds and as cash in a lockbox at home is a good practice as well.
If you can't stomach keeping a significant amount of money in a standard savings account with a low interest rate, consider a money market account that allows withdrawals only at certain minimum levels, or purchase short-term certificates of deposit with three- or six-month terms on a regular basis. You'll earn some interest and be required to constantly reinvest.

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