There may be a silver lining to the economic crisis that Americans have lived through over the past two years: We have become accustomed to spending less and saving more.
Even as the economy rebounds, many people continue to look for ways to keep their household budgets in check. Luckily, spending less doesn’t have to mean doing with less, especially when it comes to life insurance coverage. There are ways you can maintain your coverage, but pay less for it.
Life insurance is a financial safety net for your loved ones, so it’s critical to maintain that coverage especially with the uncertainty that remains in the economy. But keeping that coverage doesn’t have to be a financial burden. There are ways to save money on your existing coverage, and I’ve got some tips to help you do just that.
If you already have coverage, you may be able to cut costs based on the following.
• You’re healthier. If you have quit smoking, lost a substantial amount of weight or made significant improvements to your health, let your insurance company know. You may be able to qualify for a lower rate on your coverage.
• Rates are near historic lows. Life insurance rates remain near historic lows. In fact, the cost of basic term life insurance has fallen by nearly 50 percent during the past decade. So if your family’s budget is tight and your health status hasn’t changed much since the time you last purchased coverage, you may want to apply for a new policy. If you do, make sure not to drop your current coverage until the new policy is in force.
• Circumstances have changed. It is smart to review your policy every year to make sure it’s adequate and up to date. If the kids are out of the house, your mortgage is paid down, you’ve gotten divorced or family members no longer need your financial support, your need for life insurance coverage may have decreased. A smaller face amount policy will likely save you money.
If people depend on you financially, life insurance is an absolute must. But no one should pay more than they have to.Information from www.iii.org, provided by Lora Ahrens Olerich, Farm Bureau Financial Services, 1329 S.E. Marshall St, Boone, 515-433-2000.