One third of British homeowners do not have a rainy day fund

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Nearly a third of British homeowners are not prepared for household emergencies, with not having enough money to spare and not believing there will be an emergency emerging as the predominant reasons for this, a survey has found.

The study was undertaken by the team at www.MyJobQuote.co.uk, who polled 2,561 people over the age of 18.

All respondents disclosed that they owned their own home, and have lived in it for at least 2 years.

Initially, all respondents were asked if they currently had a ‘rainy day fund’ – i.e. money set aside in case of household emergencies, such as a boiler breakdown.

69% revealed that they did indeed have an emergency fund, whilst 31% said they did not.

Respondents with emergency savings were then asked where they kept their savings, to which just over a quarter (27%) revealed it was cash somewhere safe, while 73% choose to keep theirs in a savings account or bank.

Those with rainy day funds were asked how much they had saved up for emergencies, with the average amount found to be £1,800. Broken down further

18% had saved between £0-£500
15% had £500-£1,000
26% had £1,000-£1,500
24% had £1,500-£2,000
17% had over £2,000.

With the average cost of replacing a boiler at £1,500, 59% of those with an emergency fund would not have enough set aside to cover the cost.

Added to the 31% without any savings, this means that 72% of all respondents would not have funds saved to replace a boiler should they encounter any issues with theirs.

Following on from this, all respondents that do not have an emergency fund were then asked the reason why they did not have one, and the most common answers were found to be ‘I/we don’t have enough money to put aside’ (30%), ‘I’m/we’re not worried about having an emergency fund’ (23%), and ‘I/we have enough income coming in to cover any last-minute emergencies’ (17%).

Of the participants currently without a rainy day fund, 41% said that they had previously had one, but had needed to dip into it and were yet to replace the amount.

When asked what they would do in case of an emergency, 40% said they had no contingency plans, 21% said they would pay out of their current account, and 14% said they would consider a short term loan.

Commenting on the results of the study Lisa Evans, spokesperson for www.MyJobQuote.co.uk said: “Having a rainy day fund is a really good idea; emergencies in the home can happen at any minute, so it’s comforting to have that money readily available in case something goes wrong.

“Especially now we’re in winter, if your boiler breaks, for example, you want to know that you can afford to replace it straight away.”

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