Sinking Fund (for Debt Prevention):
For personal finance, Sinking fund is money kept a side for a specific future use.
Sinking funds are typically for one year expense for example Income Tax or Property Tax or Festival like Christmas, which is going to come every year with more or less predictable amount required.
Sinking fund can be used for Emergency Fund or Medical Expense, in this case amount saving will be some multiplier of income or past expenses.
Sinking fund can also be used for long term expenses example new car or home buying (after several years) or education expenses. In such cases sinking fund can be invested as well.
Emergency Fund: Emergency Fund is one of very important Sinking Fund. There should be at least 3 month of income in Emergency Fund and it should be strictly be used for Emergencies.
Car/Vehicle Maintenance: Most people face car/vehicle maintenance expense as surprise which breaks their budget. Create Sinking fund for this to avoid Maintenance surprises later.
Birthday Gift/Celebration Fund: Gift and Celebration is one of the reason where your Monthly Budget will get impacted. But you can create Fund for this well in advance to spend on Gifting & Celebration.
Travel Fund: Last time when you went for vacation, did you hated credit card statement that followed? Sinking fund for Travel is perfect way to avoid this. Create fund for you next dream vacation!
Festival/Christmas Fund: Christmas comes every year and there is quite predictable expenses on Christmas. Create Christmas fund to avoid December being worst financial month!
Property Tax / Income Tax Fund: Based on region/country Property Tax or Income Tax might be due once in a year, which usually comes as a surprise if not planned. Plan and create fund to avoid getting impacted by this.
New Home/Car Down Payment Fund: Fund can be also created for future big expenses to avoid requiring to get into debt or at least reduce amount of debt requirement.
Saving Goals: Fund can also be created to hold Saving for particular Goal. If goal is long term this fund can be invested for long term capital gain.
Above are some of example, however sinking fund can be created for any predictable future expense to avoid going into Debt.
Managing fund with AmpleFund is very easy:
1. Create fund with target amount and date.
2. Add any Deposit or Withdrawal from Fund Detail screen.
3. Update Target Date and Amount every year for annual Funds.
4. Make sure to add Widgets to Home Screen. Widgets helps to keep track of Funds in Quick View.
Ample Fund Widgets are designed to give Quick View to track fund progress.
To add Widget go to your Home Screen with some empty space and long press. This will bring list of Widgets.
Select AmpleFund Widgets from the list and resize based on available space on Home Screen.