I remember the days when Jenn and I had $4.13 in our emergency buffer fund. Wow! Talk about living life on the edge!
When you have $4.13 in the bank account and life throws a curveball your way, you have no room for it!
From experience, I know that $4.13 in the bank does not quite cover
- replacing a broken dryer
- fixing a broken car – power steering, brakes, tires, air-fuel mix thingy
- an emergency room trip for the child
In the Financial Freedom Class that I teach, we cover the need for an emergency buffer fund in great detail.
An example I use to prove the need for an emergency fund is the fact that police officers wear bulletproof vests.
I ask the redundant question, "Why do police officers wear a bulletproof vest?"
The class will dutifully respond, "Because in their line of work, it is possible that they might get shot at!"
To which I respond, "Then why don't they just wear the bulletproof vest on the day they are going to get shot? I mean, that vest is uncomfortable and so hot on a southern summer day!"
The class stares at me like I am completely ignorant and most deserving of the "Stupid Person of the Year" award. "Because they never know when they will be shot at!", they say.
Hummmmm. They never know when they will be shot at … SO they wear it EVERY SINGLE DAY – JUST IN CASE!
That, my friends, is the EXACT same reason you need to have an emergency buffer fund of cash! You never know when life is going to happen and require that money, but the fact is that you will need it someday. If you do not have an emergency fund when life happens, you will be highly tempted to fall into the debt trap. That, my friends, is no fun.
By the way, a church member who is a police officer was shot today. He had on his bulletproof vest. The following is a line from the news story …
… an officer was shot at least four times … Officer Fikes is being treated for two gunshot wounds to his arm … two other gunshots were stopped by the officer’s vest … (Office Fikes) was alert, oriented and in good spirits …
JUST IN CASE. Are you ready?