emergency fund

Three Simple Steps: Saving for a Rainy Day

Even if the rest of your financial life is in shape, if you haven't planned for the worst, you're on shaky ground. Don't wait: Here's how to start building an emergency fund.

10 Reasons Why You're Not Feeling Better About the Economy

The Dow is cruising at new highs, 236,000 jobs were created in February, consumer confidence is up, and Americans are feeling secure enough to take on new debt again. But if you're feeling somehow left out of the party, you aren't crazy. Things are still far from golden.

Living Without Credit Cards: She Made It Work, and You Can Too

Every time you make a plane reservation or rent a car or pay for concert tickets, you're asked to provide a credit card number. Liz Smiley provides a debit card number instead. Smiley has lived without a credit card for more than four years, and she doesn't miss it a bit.

Money Troubles: Who's Hurting the Most in Today's Economy

The sluggish economy has made money tighter across the nation, but, no surprise, the pain isn't being shared equally. A recent survey from Bankrate asked Americans how they're feeling about their finances, and reveals which groups are struggling the most.

5 Ways to Prevent Panic From Plundering Your Portfolio

With the stock market near its all-time high, few investors are terribly worried about their portfolios right now. But that makes it the best time to take steps to panic-proof your portfolio in preparation for the next financial crisis.

10 States with the Most People Living on Edge of Financial Ruin

Across America today, millions of people are unable to save for even short-term emergencies -- but in some places, people have it worse than others. Business Insider reveals the states where residents are the least able to cope with unexpected money troubles.

Build Your Emergency Savings: 25 Ways to Make Extra Money

It's a personal finance rule of thumb: Have enough of an emergency savings cushion that you could get by without income for 3 months. But in this economy, who can save that much? You can -- and we've got 25 ways to help you find the extra cash to make it happen.

Should You Invest Your Emergency Fund?

Smart personal finance rules dictate having an emergency savings fund set aside where you can access it fast. But do you really have to keep enough money for three to six months of expenses in a savings account where it earns almost no interest?

My $5,000 Emergency: How I Managed It (and You Can, Too)

A $5,000 car repair bill is the kind of thing that can push even a frugal family's finances over the edge. But here's a simple emergency fund tip that will help you avoid a worst-case scenario when Murphy's Law catches up with your budget.

13 Financial New Year's Resolutions to Keep in 2013

When it comes to keeping New Year's resolutions, plenty of us don't have such great track records. But most people who made financial resolutions in 2012 kept them, which makes them a smart addition to your annual ritual. To set the stage for your success in 2013, here are 13 resolutions to consider.

The Surprising Generation that Has a Handle On Its Finances

We all know that we should save more and spend less, but we don't always follow that advice. When you break down our responses to the financial crisis by generation, however, some interesting patterns emerge -- and you probably wouldn't guess which generation is doing the worst at financial wellness.

Money Mic: How My Dad%u2019s Life Insurance Saved Our Family

According to a nationwide study, 57% of respondents own life insurance, but only 28% feel extremely confident in their understanding of life insurance. Today, Alden Wicker shares a very personal story from her childhood, which drove home to her just how important it is for parents to have life insurance.

Women and Money: How You Can Close the Financial Gender Gap

Women are falling behind men in the nitty-gritty of financial management, which is surprising, since they so often have the power of the purse. Here's what financial advisor Nicole Seghetti discovered women want in terms of their personal finances -- and what they need.

Twentysomethings: It's Time to Declare Financial Independence

As we prepare to celebrate our nation's independence, let's take a moment to think about our individual declarations of financial independence. If you're still ruled by debt, fiscal confusion, and reliance on others, here are a few tips for breaking free.

How This Family Beat the Recession -- and You Can Too

The recession was brutal to the typical American family: On average, household net worth fell by 39% between 2007 and 2010. But reporter Chuck Saletta's family bucked that trend with these four simple strategies.

How to Avoid Your Next Money Crisis: A 5-Step Prep Plan

Financial frenzies come in many flavors, most triggered by big life changes, fraught with emotion and unfamiliar challenges. But if you let those events lead you to make spur-of-the-moment money decisions, you'll often face even bigger problems down the road.