You should have an emergency fund so you do not have to make emergency loans. Try to build a fund that would cover 3 months of your expenses. Always start small and build it up. Set small goals and go up from there. A small monthly savings goal can help you get there. One way to ensure success is to automate your savings by setting aside a few dollars from every paycheck, starting with $20. Out of sight is out of mind, and you will find you can adjust quickly while also building that emergency fund.