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    • threepenny bit
    • By threepenny bit 8th Oct 17, 8:17 PM
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    where to find an emergency fund
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    • 8th Oct 17, 8:17 PM
    where to find an emergency fund 8th Oct 17 at 8:17 PM
    Hi all - I am trying to pay off debts and get my credit cards down but I am really struggling to have a separate emergency fund as well.
    How do other people start to get their EF? I was wondering about using any sales I have for it rather than putting it on the visa but then I think that the interest I pay on visa outweighs putting the money aside lol!
    Any tips would be great!!
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    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 11th Oct 17, 1:38 PM
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    My emergency fund builds up naturally in the bank because my outgoings are less than my incomings. I do not consciously put money aside for it. I just spend less than I earn.

    An emergency fund can be as little as £100, or more if you have some spare that you can squirrel away. Even saving £10 or £20 a week is better than nothing.

    Depends how you prioritize your spending. If your debt is substantial you may wish to live as frugally as you can and throw every penny at it. Or you may want to keep a little bit back for treats and pay down your debt over a longer period of time.

    If you have an old car you might want to put money aside to cover for breakdowns, tyres, and things going wrong with it. If your household appliances are getting on a bit you might want to put cash aside in case the washing machine packs up.

    Doing a Statement of Affairs might be the first step. Writing down all your incomings and outgoings, and keeping a spending diary, so you know where your money is going. Have a look at the Debt Free Wannabe board, lots of people on there to help.

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    • missile
    • By missile 11th Oct 17, 2:53 PM
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    ... I just spend less than I earn.
    Originally posted by Ilona
    That is the only way
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 14th Oct 17, 10:09 AM
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    • 14th Oct 17, 10:09 AM
    Could you save even £10 a month with a credit union?
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    • robin58
    • By robin58 24th Oct 17, 1:50 AM
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    Biggest tip is just start one.

    £1 a week won't kill your finances.

    Or buy 1 less Starbucks coffee a week and put that saved cash in the fund.

    BUT whatever you don't dip into it for frivolous things. It's the rainy day account.
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    • Chrisblue1962
    • By Chrisblue1962 11th Nov 17, 4:01 PM
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    • 11th Nov 17, 4:01 PM
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    • 11th Nov 17, 4:01 PM
    My tip... set up a savings account which also comes with ATM card with somebody you currently don't have an account with. Every month pay something in, even if it's only £1.00 per month and then don't look at account online or touch it AT ALL.....EVER....unless it is a cast-iron 100% emergency.

    As your finances improve, slowly increase the monthly amount as your priority at this stage is a credible budget and debt reduction. Once your debts are repaid, you can start saving proper.

    Friday night Pizza or beer is not "an emergency"
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    • missile
    • By missile 11th Nov 17, 10:51 PM
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    • 11th Nov 17, 10:51 PM

    Friday night Pizza or beer is not "an emergency"
    Originally posted by Chrisblue1962
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    • threepenny bit
    • By threepenny bit 6th Dec 17, 1:04 AM
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    • 6th Dec 17, 1:04 AM
    Thanks for your tips and ideas everyone - I have set up a separate tax free savings account with my bank and have online access. If I have a couple $ left at the end of the month I just add it in. We are able to take cans and bottles back for deposit and I put that in too lol! I wont get a big amount anytime soon but it is certainly starting to build.
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