Sucks ($94,500)

I’ve seen many people post about their realization of the importance of the emergency fund, and I’m feeling that way today. The father of a good friend of mine passed away on Monday, a few states away. It’s not even a question that I’ll go down for the funeral to support her–but there were times, even a year ago, when I don’t think it would have been doable for me. Two years ago this month my aunt died of cancer. Her father and stepmom live in Florida, and weren’t able to make it up for the funeral because of the cost of flights. I can’t imagine how terrible that must be.

Things like this really put what’s important into perspective–things like having to spend money on new tires or deciding whether to spend money on a concert seem very small to me today.