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Emergency Savings Strategies

Be prepared for the unexpected.

Make sure you can get to your money

The money set aside for an emergency should be liquid. In a crisis you’ll need to withdraw your funds fast.

Are you ready for an emergency? Most Americans aren’t.

Job loss

Without a savings safety net, paying for your basic living expenses will be a struggle.

Car repair Even a minor car repair can be a major budget-buster.
Major home issue Appliances break, and natural disasters can damage your home, leading to costly repairs and replacements.
Travel emergency Rushing out of town for an emergency can mean expensive transportation and lodging costs.
Medical expenses Even with health insurance you’ll have deductibles, co-pays and uncovered costs.
Pet care expenses The well-being of your furry family member can be costly.

Did you know that...

44% of Americans

cannot cover a $400 emergency expense1


is the average unexpected expense2

34% of American households

had a major, unanticipated expense within the past year3

The CIT Bank Money Market account is ideal for emergencies

It features one of the highest savings interest rates available today, easy access to your funds when you need them, and no opening or recurring monthly fees so you can build your cash reserve faster.

-% APY4

  • $100 minimum opening deposit
  • Daily compounding interest
  • No monthly service fee
  • 24/7 secure online banking
  • FDIC insured
  • Award-winning bank

Take action with three simple steps

Be prepared

When it comes to emergencies, it’s not “if,” it’s “when.” Building emergency savings takes time, so get started early, be realistic about how much you can save at the beginning, and add to your monthly contribution when you can.

Maximize your earning potential

Open a CIT Bank Money Market Account. With a rate that’s 11 times higher than that of a traditional bank, your emergency savings will grow faster.5 You also get the benefit of daily compounding interest. 

Automate your savings

Set up automatic weekly, bi-weekly or monthly deposits so that your emergency savings account continues to grow. Be committed to reaching your goal. 



For more tips on how to build your emergency fund, read our Emergency Savings blogs.


Use our calculator to determine how much you'll need in your emergency savings and how you can begin saving toward this important goal. 

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Make the smart choice for your savings

Let CIT Bank help you reach your goals faster.