Emergency Fund In Action
Two last minute one-way plane tickets to the midwest ran me just under $400.
Trust me, that is a pretty good deal — but I have to fly into my parents town rather than the town that the funeral is in. I’ll drive to the town my relatives all live in with them, and fly back next week. I’m taking the same flight they are taking to come to my wedding the following Saturday.
Yes I can cashflow this to the detriment of my savings, especially since this is a 3 paycheck month. But it is just easier to temporarily take it from the efund and worry about the details later.
My company allows sick leave as bereavement leave, and while I’m not excited about using several days of it, I also think it is for the best. I could rush back to L.A. and put in a couple days of work before the wedding. Or I could… not. I could spend a little extra time with my family.
Yeah, work has been super busy. But life happens. They will manage without me. My day-to-day lead was very encouraging of not rushing back and not worrying about work.
I’m not going to say much about the personal side of my aunt’s passing away — but it is incredibly sad for the whole family, especially her two daughters that are just a few years younger than I am. And it is one of those moments when you look at your emergency fund and wonder why it can’t do more to help.
Money can’t help, but it can bring me to where I need to be.