Only about 40% of families have liquid savings equal to three or more months of expenses, and just 28% have more than six months. If you are among those who are struggling to build savings, it may be helpful to review why saving, even in small amounts, is important.

  • It makes your long-term goals achievable: Buying a home or a car may feel daunting but having a plan in place is key to meeting these goals. Understanding which types of accounts are best for long-term savings can also be a major support in meeting these goals.
  • It makes your short-term goals achievable: Short-term goals, like travel, buying holiday gifts, or even home improvements, are important. Committing to saving a specific amount of money for goals like these can help improve your quality of life.
  • It allows you to plan for your ideal retirement: Retirement is something that should be a part of your financial planning throughout life. While experts recommend having saved up 80% of your current annual income for each year you plan to be retired, there are tons of strategies you can use to accomplish that goal.
  • It will help you to avoid unnecessary debt for emergency expenses: Life happens, and it’s a good idea to have money set aside to deal with random events like car issues, home repairs, traffic tickets, or travel home to visit a sick relative. Plus, having several months of household expenses saved up can reduce some of the pressure if there is a loss of income.

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