3 Habits that Help You Prepare for Money Emergencies

No one wants to live paycheck to paycheck and this is a very stressful way to live. It definitely feels like you are hanging on a thin thread all the time. You can never be at peace because you are always questioning your capacity to buy the most basic necessities, such as food.

This is the very reason budgeting and general financial literacy needs to be taught in schools and even at home. Everyone, including youngsters who get allowance from their parents, need to know how to plan out and regulate their spending.

Like any other plans, the number one enemy of a well-thought out budgeting goal is the unforeseen events that we more commonly refer to as emergencies. It’s a good thing there are habits that you can develop to keep yourself afloat, and generally unscathed, even if emergencies pop up like weeds in your garden.

Save

Truth be told, saving money should be a regular habit of most working adults. Saving money should not be an afterthought. Everyone should acknowledge that in order for savings to really have an impact, a savings plan should be included in your financial goals from the beginning. It shouldn’t be: “This is all I have left out of my paycheck so this is all I will deposit in my savings account.” It should be: “I earn $5,000 dollars a month, and $250 of this automatically goes to savings!” Of course, the amount will vary depending on a person’s income and expenses, but the point is clear: save before you start spending. Every person who wants to be financially independent should learn how to live below their income.

Get relevant insurance.

Emergencies like health issues, a car breaking down or being in a car accident are unfortunate events, but occurrences that you need to be able to navigate. You should plan ahead, knowing that these types of emergencies can happen at any time.

The good thing is you can purchase insurance coverage for such unfortunate incidents. For a premium, you will be able to obtain insurance that will spare your savings. However, collecting on insurance claims can be tricky at times. If your insurance company is delaying or denying claims, you may need to hire an experienced legal professional who can provide reliable help dealing with insurance companies.

Work for fun (and cash!)

If you have time to spare during weekends or after you’re done with your day job, you can do something that you love, like baking, carpentry or other hobbies. In addition to these being a form of recreation, they can also be another source of income. For example, sell the cupcakes that you baked or the chairs and small tables that you refinished. Even if you sell only to friends, it’s still money that can be used to increase your savings or save up for something you really want.

Being prepared is simply the best way to overcome challenges. Yes, there are emergencies, but at least financially, you can be prepared for the worst. So drop that defeatist attitude and start building good money habits, especially the ones shared here.

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