Uneasiness about the state of the economy has prompted Americans to look for ways to spend less wherever they can. If dropping your life insurance coverage is one of the options you’ve been considering, here’s some welcome news. You may be able to hold onto your coverage and save money in the process.
Life insurance is a financial safety net for your loved ones, so the absolute worst time to drop coverage is when you’re feeling financially vulnerable. A far better solution is to find a way to save money on your existing coverage, and we’ve got some tips to help people 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 over 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 has been paid off, 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 and needs to remain a priority, but no one should pay more than they have to, especially in these tough economic times.