Many families wonder what they would do to survive financially if they were to lose the main breadwinner. With a tough job market and skyrocketing costs of just about everything, it’s a very valid concern. Life insurance provides a safety net to protect your loved ones in the event that something happens.
When it comes to Life Insurance, purchase it when you are young. Typically, a younger person is in good general health, so you will be able to lock in a great rate for the length of the policy. As a person gets older, they start to present more of a risk to an insurance company, and not only will the premium be more but, you may be denied coverage entirely.
Life insurance is set up to provide families with financial security upon the death of a loved one. To determine the type of policy and financial amount needed for your family, consider your mortgages, debts and all final expenses, as well as living allowances, college education expenses, etc.
Be careful to not buy too much or too little insurance coverage. The general rule of thumb is to have at least 5 to 7 times your current salary as your benefit amount. Keep in mind what will have to be covered based on your families needs. Many people also make the mistake of buying too much and end up with inflated insurance premiums for coverage they don’t really need.
One of the most obvious ways to get cheaper life insurance is by becoming healthier. As a general rule, the healthier you are, the better deal you can get from the insurance company.
Before shopping for life insurance, put together a budget to project the amount of financial coverage you might need. Include your mortgage payoff, college costs for the kids, money to pay any other large debt obligations, funds to cover funeral and medical expenses and enough money to supplement your remaining spouse’s retirement funds.
Improve your credit score to save money on life insurance. Statistics have shown insurance companies that people with poor credit are higher risks. Raising your credit score could affect your rates differently depending on which insurer you choose, but it’s always a good idea to get several quotes since every insurer evaluates new policies differently.
If you’re naming someone close to you as a beneficiary of your policy, make sure you inform them of it so that they’re ready to act when you pass. This kind of news thrust on people after you’re gone is not good for anyone. Make sure you bring it to their attention while you still can.
If at all possible, you should try to avoid start-up companies and there life insurance policies. You just never know when a new company is going to bite the dust and take your investment with it. The insurance market is very unpredictable and there is a chance however small that you could be a casualty.
Continuing to build savings has been difficult for many families over the past few years, and some that could afford to self-insure, may not be able to do so any more. Life insurance can fill that gap and provide the means for families to carry on if disaster should strike them.