Personal Finance FAQ Series: What Are the MOST IMPORTANT Items I Should Budget For?

If you really wanted to, you could come up with a budget item for every possible thing that you’ll ever purchase in your life. From cars to cashews, you could create a line item for it. You’d also have no other free time and would lead what would have to be the most boring existence in the history of mankind.

If you’re going to make a budget, though, it’s important to get it right and to budget correctly.

What Are the MOST IMPORTANT Items I Should Budget For?

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Reasons to Keep More Than a Six Month Emergency Fund in Cash

Coming to save your emergency fund!

“Banks introduced the installment plan. The disappearance of cash and the coming of the credit card changed the shape of life in the United States.”
–Jerzy Kosinski

As Black Monday erupted and people were jumping out of windows, a phrase was born. “Cash is king” posited Per G. Gyllenhammar, the CEO of Volvo. Thus a phrase entered into our lexicon. You can utter that phrase to nearly anyone and get at least some din of recognition.

The typical financial advice that you’ll find is that you should have six months of expenses in cash or liquid assets such as CDs or money market funds. Are there reasons why you might want to keep more than a six month emergency fund in cash or liquid assets?

Here are reasons you might want to keep an emergency fund with more than six months of expenses.

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While you don’t want to keep all of your assets in cash, unless you have a relatively low amount of assets, it might be worth strategically keeping more than six months of assets in cash if you can leverage that cash into more value than you can investing that cash.