A sinking fund is a fund that includes all the once a year expenses that we sometimes forget to include in our monthly budget.
Quick, make a list of all the things that you forget to include in your budget throughout the year.
Here are a few examples
Car Insurance if you pay it once/year-(you save money if you do)
Mother's day presents
Father's day presents
Occupational Registration Renewals
House Insurance if you pay it once/year
Life Insurance if you pay it once/year to save money
Extra curriculum sports deposits
Now add up the cost of all of these items and what is your total?
Next take that number and divide by 12 months
Now that is the monthly amount that you should set aside each month to pay for these expenses as they come up during the year!
Why is this so important?
It prevents us from having a financial crisis!
I don't know about you, but for me, my nursing license renewal costs $700 every August and since I started having a sinking fund, paying $700 once a year has become a non-issue because I already have the money in my sinking fund bank account waiting to be spent for that specific purpose and dollar amount.
I don't include my vacation or holiday goal money in these funds because usually my sinking fund includes more necessity type of expenses, rather than goals.
In my opinion, my vacation is more of a goal that I save up for separately.
Now, some people might say that saving up for their insurance once a year seems too difficult to plan for, but if it saves you $50 for car insurance, $50 for life insurance and $50 for vehicle insurance per year that's an extra $150 hundred dollars to spend towards your vacation, hooray! That's the cost of a fun activity for my family!
So we get peace of mind, plus extra money!
Where should we keep our Sinking funds?
In a jar in the kitchen?
In our chequing account?
Under our mattress?
in a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA)
I like the option of keeping it in a TFSA, if you still have contribution room. However, there are also Savings Accounts and High Interest Savings accounts available with your local bank or with an online bank. Check out, more details about Savings accounts and High Interest Savings accounts.
What not just keep your sinking fund in your Chequing account?
I like to keep my sinking account in a separate place so that I'm not tempted to use the cash for last minute splurges or impulse purchases.
Now Go and Be Intentional in setting up your Sinking Fund!