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What is an Emergency Fund and How to Build One

If you don’t have an emergency fund set up yet, you’re not alone. Only a quarter of Canadians have emergency funds set aside. And in those aged 18–34, as many as 35 percent have zero savings, let alone an emergency fund (yikes).

In the sections below, we’ll go over what an emergency fund is and show you some real, actionable changes you can make in your personal finances to free up extra cash for your own emergency fund. Don’t let life’s unpredictability win—we’ll help you stack your deck against any unforeseen expense that comes your way!

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Building an Emergency Fund on a Tight Budget

The existence of a healthy emergency fund is absolutely paramount for any adult. Unexpected expenses and occurrences happen all the time, often when people least expect them. A plentiful emergency fund can, and often does, determine whether or not an individual or family is ruined by financial hardship or able to foot the unexpected bill. Despite the importance of an emergency fund, not everyone has one. One of the most …

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10 Ideas For Living a Satisfying Life on a Modest Budget

A modest budget doesn't mean you can't live a full and happy life, engaging in all of the activities you enjoy. The problem is that people have become to dependent on money for life satisfaction. It's been said many times over that money doesn't equate happiness. If you are making a modest income but you can easily pay your bills and still have a tidy amount of funds left over, …

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8 Easy Steps To Get Started With An Emergency Fund

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You need a stable financial plan and honestly, you simply must have one today.  The economy has always been a slippery slope, but then, for that matter, so is life.  Having a plan of action is the smart thing to do, but for so many families it is one of the most complex and difficult to achieve.  The steps to getting started with an emergency fund are only as hard …

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5 Real Life Reasons Why Canadians Need An Emergency Fund

wp-content/uploads/2015/10/shutterstock_259020935.jpg There is no doubt you've read and heard about the importance of having an emergency fund .  In today's questionable economy, an emergency fund is more invaluable than ever.  You never know when life is going to give you some blows, but they're sure to happen.  From your water heater going out, on to your car breaking down--you don't want to be left down and out.  But, without an emergency …

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