Top of main content

Build Emergency Savings

You may be able to meet your needs and expenses each month, but how would you cope with an emergency or unexpected cost?

What if your car breaks down, you lose your job, or face an unexpected bill?

Putting money aside for emergency or unexpected costs isn’t easy, and it’s a challenge for people in many countries in the world. If you are one of them then an emergency or unexpected cost can tip you into financial hardship.

Being prepared for the unexpected, rather than dealing with it only when it arises, is key to your financial wellbeing. Not having any money saved for emergencies or unexpected costs may very well tip you into financial hardship. Estimates vary throughout the world, but experts recommend building up enough savings to cover at least 3 months of expenses, in case of emergency.

Here are 5 tips for building an emergency savings fund:

    1. Set savings goals. Setting goals helps you to track your progress and measure your success. Plan to build up enough savings to cover at least three months of expenses, in case of an emergency. Anything else that you want to save for (like a holiday) should be on top of this.

  1. Another thing to consider is to discuss your savings goals with your loved ones. Explain what they are for and why they are important. Sharing a savings goal with those around you can help you to stay on track.

  2. Keep your emergency funds separate from the money you use for everyday spending, or to pay your bills. This can remove the temptation to spend it. Setting up a separate savings account can usually be done quickly online.

  3. Try to save regularly and automatically. Rather than try to save what you have left at the end of the month, set up an automated transfer from your regular bank account to a savings account on the day you are paid.

  4. If you can’t save a lot, it can be hard to get motivated to save at all. But saving any amount (however small) is helpful, and can build up a valuable emergency savings fund over time.

Financial wellbeing

Read HSBC Canada's top tips to help you take control of and minimize your debt so you can improve your financial wellbeing.

Use HSBC Canada's help to make sure you’re prepared for life after work by determining how much you’ll need to save to maintain your current lifestyle.

Read HSBC Canada's top tips on how to protect yourself, your loved ones and the other things that matter most against some of life’s risks.