The Lazy Person’s Guide to Creating an Emergency Fund

You’ve heard it before; it’s wise advice to have some money set aside for emergencies.  It’s just so hard to get organized.

It’s hard to find the discipline to keep putting that money in savings piggy-bank-1019758_640when you are just starting out and there are so many other things you could use it for.

Deep down, you know an emergency fund is a good idea, but you don’t earn a lot of money. Do you wish there was an easy way to save for the unexpected things that happen in life?

I still remember the sinking feeling when my car broke down and I didn’t have the money to fix it.  I ended up using my credit card, which ended up being a costly decision.  More on credit cards later.

We’ve all been there.  Juggling work and home life while trying to pay your bills is difficult and it seems that there is never anything left at the end of the month to put into savings.

The good news is there is a quick and easy way to start. You only have to do this once, and it takes about 10 minutes.

Here’s how:

You need online banking (which most of us have), and at least two accounts:  A chequing account and a savings account.

For this example, I’m assuming that your pay cheque is automatically deposited into your chequing account.  I’m also assuming that you get paid every other Friday. (biweekly)

  1. Go online and click on your chequing account.
  1. Select pay bills and transfer funds.
  1. Choose transfer funds and set up a transfer for a small amount ($15 for example). Feel free to use a different amount, but start small.
  1. When: for your first transfer, choose your next pay date. 
  1. Frequency: choose biweekly.  This sets up a transfer for every other Friday, to match the day your pay cheque is deposited in your bank account.
  1. Select 100 times, so that the transfer will keep happening until you change it.
  1. Then click save or submit.

It’s that simple.  You’ve chosen a small enough amount that it won’t be missed, and if you leave it alone, it will slowly accumulate into a decent emergency fund.

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16 thoughts on “The Lazy Person’s Guide to Creating an Emergency Fund

  1. I save best, when I don’t have to think about it.. “Out of sight, out of mind”… It’s much easier to save when your funds are taken out for you. Just look at it like it’s an electric bill and then over time it really adds up over time. Thanks for the post.

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  2. Terrific idea! For Americans, digit automates the same thing, but it tracks your spending habits and takes out as much as it can without you really noticing. It autosaved me over $1,000 last year.


  3. This is a great idea. I know I should have an emergency fund but never quite get round to it. I’ve already got online banking so it will only take 2 minutes to set up 🙂


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