to be used for any question related to emergency, "rainy day", or reserve funds for an individual or family. The question can be related to calculating, creating, managing or understanding the need for emergency funds.

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As a general rule, how much in “liquid” emergency savings should I have?

I'm buying my very first home next week, and should be receiving the $8,000 first-time home buyers tax credit. A majority of my savings are going to the down-payment of the house, but we still have a ...
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Where can I park my rainy-day / emergency fund? Savings accounts don't generate much interest

Savings accounts don't seem to generate much interest. What other options do I have for my emergency fund?
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Where should I park my rainy-day / emergency fund?

This is the US companion of the same question for Canadians Where can I park my rainy-day/ emergency fund?. Basically I want to know what options I have for my emergency fund?
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How to find a savings or money market account with a high interest rate / yield?

I have my emergency fund in an ING Direct savings account. The saving account does not really give a good return and I was wondering what are my options? I want to put the money in some sort of ...
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Is there an advantage to keeping a liquid emergency fund if one also has an untapped line of credit?

I've seen several financial advice websites and books that recommend keeping some amount of money (usually a function of your monthly expenses) in cash as an emergency fund. See for example questions ...
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What expenses should be covered by an emergency fund

Going along with this question, what items should we be planning to pay in a month from our emergency funds? Rent / mortgage Groceries Electricity / gas / water / sewer / garbage Car payments ?? I ...
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Should I switch to this high rate checking account for my emergency fund?

Okay, so I bank at a local credit union, AllegacyFCU. (Here is their rates sheet.) Currently I have through this bank: Daily Access Savings account with 0.2% interest Totally Free Checking (no ...
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What investment options should I consider for my emergency fund?

I have an emergency fund with 3 months of income saved up. It is currently in a money market earning less than 1%. This money is saved in case I lose my job or need to make a major repair on my home. ...
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How risky is it to keep my emergency fund in stocks?

Everybody says you should keep an emergency fund of 3–6 months of expenses in cash or near-cash (CDs, treasuries, etc.). I know this is heresy but if you have funds for significantly more than 6 ...
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Importance of liquidity in emergency fund?

I know standard rules of thumb are that it is a good idea to have a liquid emergency fund of between of anywhere from 3-8 months of expenses (depending upon the source). How important is liquidity ...
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When determining the size of one's emergency fund, do you also count hypothetical unemployment benefits?

Most sources say to have about 6-12 months of living expenses saved up in the event of a job loss. Is it wise to add the 6 months worth of unemployment benefits to the total of cash you have saved up? ...