This month, Mr. and Mrs. FB did something truly radical - we decided, together, to go completely without a monthly budget. Not only that, my friends, but we didn't track our spending - something that our longer-term viewers may find particularly shocking. However, it was a highly educational experience, and it gave us both insights into how we perceive our budget, spending habits, and the balance between short term and long-term goal attainment.
Emergency funds are tricky things. While my husband and I steer towards the 6-8 month emergency fund mark, others are comfortable with the 3-6 month timeline that is most commonly recommended. Still others prefer to have a full year’s supply of cash on hand. Let’s walk through how to determine how much should be in your emergency fund.
We are almost halfway through an arguably tumultuous year. With COVID-19 still uncontained in many areas and stay-home orders lifting rather slowly, life has certainly been unusual for the past several months.
While it is usually traditional to set goals at the beginning of the year (and I did, and my husband did, and we did together), I find a lot of value in quarterly evaluation of our annual goals. Even though we are a little early for our semiannual evaluation, I found myself pouring over them anyway.
I spend most of my spare time playing with spreadsheets, my violin, or planting vegetables in my garden in hopes of bringing new insights into frugal living. Please enjoy, and don't forget to sign up for our monthly newsletter here.
Disclaimer - Mrs. FB is not a financial advisor. Nothing in these articles should be construed as investment or other professional advice, but rather personal opinion. Some links in these posts may be to affiliate sites - no products are advertised through this site that have not been personally used by the FB family unless expressly labeled.