emergency fund

7 Strategies for Paying Off Debt When Living on a Variable Income

Attention, freelancers! If you live on a variable income, it's time to rethink your debt payment strategy.

4 New Reasons You Need an Emergency Fund

You've heard it all before: You need an emergency fund. See if these new persuaders don't convince you.

6 Foolish Ways to Pay Down Debt

You might think that any debt repayment strategy is a good one — but these wrong moves could leave you worse off. Don't try this at home!

8 Signs You Aren't Prepared for an Emergency

You never know when an emergency might arise, and in that case, you need to be prepared. Are you?

8 Ways to Decide if It's a "Fund-Worthy" Emergency

You worked hard to build up your emergency fund for a rainy day like today. Is it raining hard enough to dip into your stash of cash?

Change Jars and 8 Other Clever Ways to Build an Emergency Fund

You don't need a windfall to kick-start your savings. These baby steps will do just fine.

Easy Budgeting for First Time Singles

Single living has its own budgeting quirks. Here's how to get off to the right solo start.

11 Frugal Gifts Your Future Self Will Love

Before gift-buying season gets started in earnest, think about getting something nice for that very special someone in your life — the future you!

10 Foods You Need in Your "Emergency" Pantry

This isn't prep for the zombie apocalypse — it's how to save money and time by stocking up on 10 frugal foods for quick "emergency" dinners.

8 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Get a Promotion

A promotion isn't an invitation to launch a spending spree. Make these smart, responsible money moves instead.

12 Reasons Your Debt Isn't Diminishing

Uh oh — your debt burden has hardly budged from your initial starting balance. What are you doing wrong?

9 Money Moves to Make the Moment Your Credit Cards Are Paid Off

Congratulations! You're finally free of credit card debt. Now what should you do?

Best Money Tips: How to Build an Emergency Fund From Nothing

Today we found ways to build your emergency fund from nothing, ways to fight clutter and get organized, and a guide to buying refurbished products.

Is Your Emergency Fund Costing You Money?

Yes, we're always telling you to work on building your emergency fund. Now we'll tell you when to stop.

11 Ways Life Is Amazing With an Emergency Fund

Life happens — and it usually costs money when it does. Build your emergency fund so when it happens, you're good to go.

9 Financial Skills Everyone Needs During Hard Times

When the going gets tough, the tough get frugal. Stick to those frugal habits when finances brighten, and you'll save even more.

10 Ways to Prevent an Emergency From Driving You Into Debt

If you're caught short when life catches you short, don't panic. Instead, try these strategies to manage an emergency and avoid debt.

How to Balance Saving for Retirement, Emergency Fund, and Paying Off Debt

Funding the personal finance Big Three — debt repayment, retirement, and emergency cash — is possible if you follow a balanced plan, like this one.

5 Things 30-Year-Olds Don’t Have Enough Of

While 30-year-olds may be firmly settled in adulthood, that doesn't mean they have their finances in order. If you're close to 30, here's what you need to know.

Is Building an Emergency Fund Always a Good Idea?

We often hear the same advice — everyone needs to have an emergency fund. But, in some situations, it might be OK to skip it.