The Money Mindset Podcast

#136 What The Heck Are Sinking Funds And Why You Need To Use Them

April 17th, 2023

Are you struggling to keep up with unexpected expenses that keep popping up and wrecking your budget? Have you ever heard of sinking funds but have no idea what they are or how they work?

If you've ever wondered what the term sinking funds mean, then you're not alone.

In this episode, we'll dive deeper into the concept of sinking funds and how they can be used to plan and save for unexpected expenses without feeling like a failure. If you're looking to take control of your finances, then stay tuned for this episode on sinking funds.

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“It's important to make a list and make a priority list, like put it in an order of what is most important to you, down to the least important. And then as money comes in, you know where it needs to go. So it's so important to make a plan for extra money so that when it comes in, it doesn't just disappear because you do still need to have a plan for it. Just like you have a plan for your regular paychecks and that is how you're gonna be able to stay on track and not get derailed when things pop up.”
- Ashley Patrick

00:00 - What today's episode is about
02:33 - What are sinking funds and why do you need them
03:30 - Examples of sinking funds
05:26 - Tips for setting up sinking funds effectively
07:09 - The benefits of using cash envelopes to manage your sinking funds
08:39 - The importance of prioritizing your money plan
09:46 - Creating a priority list
11:18 - The role of a miscellaneous fund in your budget
14:01 - How to access your free Budget Starter Kit

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