If you have a spouse and children and are the main income earner of the family, you do not want to leave them in a position of hardship should anything happen to you. Yet without considering the purchase of a life insurance policy, this is a situation that could become a reality. Here are some things you need to know.
Take your family’s specific needs into account when determining what kind of life insurance you need. Each family is different, which means that there is no single policy that can meet everyone’s needs. The goal is to make sure you carry enough life insurance to provide for your family members in the event anything happens to you.
Many people buy term life insurance when they’re younger because it’s cheap. Others are persuaded to buy whole life insurance, which, unlike term, has a cash value and can presumably be viewed as an investment. If you’re in good health, term is generally the best value. Try to lock in term insurance for the longest possible timespan you can find. When it runs out, if you’re still in good health, keep looking for term. Most of the time, whole life will be more expensive, but as you age, term life will also get quite expensive to cover the inevitable health issues that will crop up. Remember: term life as long as it makes sense ratewise, then switch to whole life.
It is important to have a sufficient life insurance policy. You should have enough insurance to cover at least five years of your current salary, if you are married. If you have children or many debts, you should have upwards of ten years salary’s worth of life insurance. Insurance will help your loved ones cover expenses when you are gone.
Life insurance policies come in various different forms. The two general different categories are term life insurance and permanent life insurance. Term life insurance protects against a fixed amount of time whereas permanent life insurance is for the rest of your life. Term insurance is also usually cheaper than permanent policies. When choosing a policy, you should determine which one you need depending on your current life situation and how much you are willing to invest in the policy.
Save money on your life insurance by paying an annual premium rather than monthly installments. Insurance companies charge a fee to allow you to spread the payments out over 12 months. Also, avoid being late on your payments to prevent your policy from being cancelled. As you get older or develop health conditions, a new life insurance policy will become much more expensive.
If you intend on getting life insurance in the future, start planning for it, now. Take steps to improve your health, such as, quitting smoking. You can begin a fitness routine and try to reach your optimal weight. Have all the recommended health screening tests for someone of your age and gender. Work on getting your cholesterol and blood pressure to acceptable levels. Not only will you look and feel better, you’ll save a bundle on your life insurance policy.
Using the advice above, you should now be a little wiser as to whether buying a life insurance policy would be beneficial to you and your family. While it may have a monthly cost that seems like an extra burden, is the financial burden your family would face without you not just as much, if not more?