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An emergency fund cushions against surprise financial setbacks. Use our emergency fund calculator below to help you pinpoint your savings goal.
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How much to save in your emergency fund
Sudden car repairs, medical emergencies or job loss can all lead to unexpected debt if you're not prepared. How much should you save to safeguard your finances? It's difficult to predict how much these or other emergencies could cost — but three to six months' worth of expenses is a good goal. If that seems too steep, saving even $500 will help you avoid going into debt to finance a small car repair or medical bill.
Where to stash your emergency fund
Once you have a target, find a savings account with a competitive interest rate where you can store your cash. (Some of NerdWallet's favorite online savings accounts are here.)
A savings account is the best place to keep your emergency fund — it provides easy access to cash if you need it. And a high-yield savings account will help you grow your balance by paying a higher-than-average interest rate.
» Find high rates across checking, savings and other accounts in NerdWallet's list of high-interest accounts.