Dipping into your 401(k), taking out a loan, or turning to high-interest credit card debt when life throws one of its unpleasant (and expensive) little surprises your way has its cost. As the author of today’s article notes, “any of these steps will set you back in growing your net worth and hinder your ability to reach your goals.” Thus the need for an emergency fund as part of one’s financial plan. But how much cash should an emergency fund contain? How do you go about building up an emergency fund from scratch? And where does the author state is the best place to keep an emergency fund – and why? CLICK HERE.