5 Things Every Single Person Needs to Do With Their Money

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The number of Americans who wait to get married — or never get hitched — is growing. In fact, for the first time in history, the number of unmarried Americans almost equals those who are married. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that there were 110 million unmarried adults (age 18 and older) in 2016, which is 45 percent of all U.S. residents over the age of 18.

Living a Sex in the City lifestyle may be alluring, but it also comes with hidden financial pitfalls. This is especially true for singles who have never been married. While divorcees and widows have distinct challenges, there are resources and services out there to assist them through their transition. However, if you are someone who has never been married, you’re pretty much on your own.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the top things that every single person should do with their finances.

1. Make saving money your top priority

As a single person, you only have one income. You have to pay for living expenses and handle any emergency that arises on your own, so having a true emergency fund is paramount.

Financial experts advise that singles have as much as a year’s worth of living expenses put away in lieu of the traditional three to six months’ worth. A larger emergency…

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