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    Money Advice Service
    If you were to lose your job tomorrow, how long would your savings last you?
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    • 9th Nov 18, 12:38 PM
    If you were to lose your job tomorrow, how long would your savings last you? 9th Nov 18 at 12:38 PM
    Does it worry you?

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    • TBC15
    • By TBC15 9th Nov 18, 1:17 PM
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    I’ve planed for……….Forever. Yes it worries me.
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    • By Thrugelmir 9th Nov 18, 1:22 PM
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    A very broad question that has a multitude of answers. Perhaps better asked in the form of a questionnaire.

    Personally no worries. Though hasn't always been the case.
    Financial disasters happen when the last person who can remember what went wrong last time has left the building.
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    • By Glen Clark 9th Nov 18, 1:30 PM
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    Sound like going to Church and asking what percentage of people believe in God
    Hardly likely to get a representative sample of people's level of savings on a Savings & Investment forum.
    Is this some kind of political propoganda to show how well the average person is doing?
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    • 9th Nov 18, 1:54 PM
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    Hey there, thanks for pointing out the typo - fixed it.
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    • Alice Holt
    • By Alice Holt 9th Nov 18, 2:55 PM
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    30 plus years.

    No.

    Doubt that the responses on this forum would represent society as a whole.
    Most forumites on here seem very knowledgeable about personal finance, and I imagine many have accumulated savings / investments / pensions over the decades. The quality of debate on here is high, suggesting to me that forumites are well educated, and therefore may be likely to have (or had) better than average salaries (thus enabling them to make provision for future years)

    PS, I would have thought some context to why the question was asked would have been helpful, not sure how useful responses would be to MAS without an indication of the age group of the responder.
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    Probably two years, I'm only 27 though so I don't feel too bad about it.
    • MaxiRobriguez
    • By MaxiRobriguez 9th Nov 18, 3:12 PM
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    About five seconds if coming out of my savings/emergency fund.

    But I'd be due a five figure redundancy payout and I could dip into offset mortgage bank, so I'm not too worried.

    My emergency fund wouldn't be knackered if the wife to be would stop spending on additional crap for our wedidng.
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    • By Thrugelmir 9th Nov 18, 3:17 PM
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    and therefore may be likely to have (or had) better than average salaries (thus enabling them to make provision for future years)
    Originally posted by Alice Holt
    Or a different upbringing. Brought up to save by default. Was my father that told me to start a pension immediately I started work. That's was £10 per month over 4 decades ago. (Now it's a must have mobile phone). Much sage advice has been lost in the mists of time. As marketing has encouraged people to act in a far less frugal manner.
    Financial disasters happen when the last person who can remember what went wrong last time has left the building.
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    • By TBC15 9th Nov 18, 3:22 PM
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    About five seconds if coming out of my savings/emergency fund.

    But I'd be due a five figure redundancy payout and I could dip into offset mortgage bank, so I'm not too worried.

    My emergency fund wouldn't be knackered if the wife to be would stop spending on additional crap for our wedidng.
    Originally posted by MaxiRobriguez
    Just jot the costs down and remind her this was her day when it comes to splitting assets.
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    • By karlie88 9th Nov 18, 3:43 PM
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    Around 630,726,057.14 seconds (to the nearest hundredth of a second).
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    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 9th Nov 18, 4:05 PM
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    If I get made redundant (very likely in the next few years) then about three years in the UK- a lot longer if I sell up and move abroad, could effectively retire mid 40's. Or I could move back oop north and go on the bennies and not have to work much in the future.
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    • Herbalus
    • By Herbalus 9th Nov 18, 4:09 PM
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    Or a different upbringing. Brought up to save by default. Was my father that told me to start a pension immediately I started work. That's was £10 per month over 4 decades ago. (Now it's a must have mobile phone). Much sage advice has been lost in the mists of time. As marketing has encouraged people to act in a far less frugal manner.
    Originally posted by Thrugelmir
    You could be right in general, but there are still plenty of “youth” who know how to save. My pension pot since graduation is now near the equivalent of a years salary after 4 years.
    • comeandgo
    • By comeandgo 9th Nov 18, 4:10 PM
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    Enough to keep me in comfort until my private pension starts.
    • Zanderman
    • By Zanderman 9th Nov 18, 5:25 PM
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    and on what grounds did you delete my post?
    Originally posted by Rheumatoid
    Why on earth has my post, made before there were any replies on this thread, been deleted?

    It was acknowledged by OP @ 1.54 and was a perfectly polite post.

    Removal of posts by is becoming increasingly common, and IMHO, does nothing to improve the usefulness of MSE's fora
    Originally posted by badger09
    Mine has gone too, ironically just as I was editing it to make it clear that my original assumption, based on the original opening post's style, was incorrect and welcoming the clarification, which several of us had suggested. But no, the post was deleted and, I note, we (I certainly) got no thanks for the suggested clarifications despite them being implemented. Ho hum!
    • Zanderman
    • By Zanderman 9th Nov 18, 5:32 PM
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    And, on topic properly now, I resigned from my 'proper' job 12 years ago and I'm still surviving.

    Never on savings though - I went out and found new ways to earn via what I think is known as a portfolio career; lots of little jobs, small businesses, a small pension and self-employment. Keeps me reasonably well-nourished.

    I'm unlikely to lose all of those 'tomorrow' but, if I did, I could probably survive several years on savings. By which time the state pension would (almost) have kicked in so I still wouldn't be entirely penniless.
    • pinknsparkly
    • By pinknsparkly 9th Nov 18, 6:01 PM
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    Forever! I'm paranoid about this, and have built a life for myself and my husband that means we can live (comfortably but without any excess or fancy hols) on just one of our salaries. So if I lost my job, we would be able to live on his salary without touching our savings until I found another one.


    If, on the other hand, you're asking how long our savings would cover our outgoings - currently 2 years. In a matter of weeks (we're buying a house), that will be down to about 1 month. But rebuilding that back up to a 6 month pot will be my first priority after the house purchase goes through. However, I am not worried because, as I said above, it would require BOTH of us to lose our jobs at the same time for us to need to use those savings. And if we were struggling to find work, both of us would take whatever work was available in that situation.
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    • londoninvestor
    • By londoninvestor 9th Nov 18, 6:19 PM
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    Most forumites on here seem very knowledgeable about personal finance, and I imagine many have accumulated savings / investments / pensions over the decades. The quality of debate on here is high, suggesting to me that forumites are well educated, and therefore may be likely to have (or had) better than average salaries (thus enabling them to make provision for future years)
    Originally posted by Alice Holt
    I think all that is true... and yet there is existing content on this board which would be really useful to link to. It happens pretty regularly that someone posts asking about starting out with savings, and gets good suggestions on the role of an emergency fund and how to build it up.
    • Mnd
    • By Mnd 9th Nov 18, 7:59 PM
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    I've retired and I'm 64
    I have works pension 7200 and I will get a higher than full state pension.

    My wife still works (58) and if she lost her job now we would be able to get through to her state pension, but not as comfortable as now.

    15 months time when I get my statext pension we will be fine.

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