All About Emergency Funds Durham NC

An emergency fund saves headache in Durham. Costly home repairs can set you back several hundred dollars. An emergency fund will keep you from having to choose between having your car back and having your lights on. And when a loved one is ill, you can concentrate on them and not think about how you will pay the bills.

Craig Schmith
Craig Schmith
(919) 272-5054
2530 Meridian Parkway, Suite 300
Durham, NC
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Edward Fulbright
Fulbright Financial Consulting, PA
(919) 544-0398
5302 NC Highway 55, Suite 104
Durham, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

James Miller
Woodward Financial Advisors, Inc.
(919) 929-2495 Ext: 3
1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 105
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Bedda D'Angelo
Fiduciary Solutions
(919) 806-4942
75408 Rowan
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Jeff Seymour
Triangle Wealth Management LLC
(919) 654-7321
1000 Centre Gren Way
Cary, NC
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®

Bedda D'Angelo
Fiduciary Solutions
(919) 806-4942
2530 Meridan Parkway, Suite 300
Durham, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Jennifer Lazarus
Lazarus Financial Planning
(919) 321-0606
5614 Welkin Court
Durham, NC
Expertises
Socially Responsible Investments, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Benjamin Birken
Woodward Financial Advisors, Inc.
(919) 929-2495 Ext: 3
1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 105
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, College/Education Planning, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Deborah Frazier
Frazier Financial Consultants
(919) 929-6940
109 Conner Drive, Suite 205
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Socially Responsible Investments, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Special Needs Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MBA

Michael Palmer
Trust Company of the South
(919) 781-8287
3600 Glenwood Ave. Suite 210
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

All About Emergency Funds

These days life is full of surprises. One day we are making ends meet with something left over and then a day comes when all of that can change. One day we are gainfully employed, the next we are given a pink slip. With the unpredictability of day to day living, having an emergency fund saves worry over finances when you are already worried over other things.

What is an emergency fund? Well, it is money that you have set aside for unforeseen situations. It could be an illness in the family, loss of a job, an accident, home repairs, or a natural disaster. Whatever it is, such challenges can deplete a bank account and lead us into financial disaster.

The thing about life is that unforeseen circumstances can happen to anyone and everyone. No one is exempt from them. The best we can do is to prepare in advance so that we are not focused on money. Historically an emergency fund is roughly equal to several months’ worth of income – however these days you should increase your emergency funds to 12 months of total monthly expenses.

That is a lot of money. When you add up all the household expenses you have we could be talking about $40,000. It is hard for most people to save a little, let alone that much money.

Don’t let this stun you into doing nothing. Starting anywhere is better than not starting at all. If you can manage to save $200 dollars a paycheck, then do it. Sure, it will take a while to build up an appreciable fund, but you will still have money put aside in the event that something happens.

One way to build your emergency fund when money is low is to use bonuses, raises, and tax refunds. Instead of buying extra goodies with that raise, take the extra money from the check and add it to what you are already putting away. A tax refund will build up that emergency fund quickly.

An emergency fund saves headache. Costly home repairs can set you back several hundred dollars. An emergency fund will keep you from having to choose between having your car back and having your lights on. And when a loved one is ill, you can concentrate on them and not think about how you will pay the bills.

Start an emergency fund today. Whatever you can contribute is good. Encourage the entire family to help out. While you are building a cushion for possible emergencies, you are also teaching them to save money.

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