Published: Apr 02, 2014 8:06 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 02, 2014 9:33 AM EDT

There is nothing that can derail your financial progress faster than an emergency. It could be refrigerator stops working, your car breaks down or your child falls off their bike and needs four stitches in their chin.

Money saving expert Ruth Soukup is here today with some suggestions on how to stay in control of your money.
Here’s more info for you:
One of the very first steps in regaining control of your money and avoiding yet another financial crisis should be to establish an immediate emergency fund of $1000.
Here a few ways to get started:
1.  Sell anything you can

2. Get a 2nd job

3. Get stuff for free

4. Go on a spending freeze