5 Things to Consider Before Buying Life Insurance


5 Things to Consider Before Buying Life InsuranceLife insurance policies can seem confusing when you first consider them. But over time you may begin to realise the benefits of buying coverage, and the advantages of doing so sooner rather than later.

Some people realise they need life insurance, call the first agent they find, and purchase a policy as quickly as they can. Others, however, know there are many options and a number of financial details to take into consideration.

Five tips to guide you

Consider the following five tips when you’re in the market for life insurance:

1. What type of coverage is best for you? Even if you are new to purchasing life insurance, you probably realise there is more than one type of policy. For example, you will need to learn more about the pros and cons of the following options: whole life, term life and universal life.

2. Know your budget. Only you know how much you can comfortably afford to spend each month on life insurance coverage. Once you have a number in mind, you can begin to request quotes from reputable providers.

Don’t be shy about sharing your budget with the life insurance agents you are speaking with. When they know how much you are willing to spend, they can work with you to find a policy you can afford.

3. Don’t go at it alone. If you are single, there may not seem to be much reason to discuss your life insurance purchase with anybody else. But consider working with a licensed and trusted insurance agent that can help you determine what is right for your situation. If you are married, you will likely also want to get the input of your spouse as you shop for a policy.

Tip: If you and your spouse both need life insurance, it may make good sense to purchase coverage at the same time through the same company. This will save you a lot of time, while also making it easier to keep your finances organised.

4. Choose a beneficiary. This is one of the most important decisions you will make when purchasing life insurance. If you are married, your spouse will most likely be the beneficiary. If you are single, maybe you have children you can name as the beneficiary. Or maybe you want to leave your life insurance payout to a particular organisation. It doesn’t matter whom you name as the beneficiary; what matters is that you make the right decision for you.

5. Which company is going to offer you the best deal on life insurance? With so many life insurance companies to consider, you owe it to yourself to request multiple quotes before buying a policy.

While it is easy to think that the cheapest life insurance policy will be best, don’t overlook other details such as customer service, reputation, reliability and policy differences.


Don’t Delay If You Need Coverage

When shopping for life insurance, you will be faced with the fact that you are not going to be alive forever. As scary as it may be to buy a policy, it may be the responsible thing to do in your case.

If the time has come to purchase a life insurance policy, there is no point in putting it off. The sooner you buy coverage, the sooner you are improving your financial situation, while also ensuring that your family will be taken care of when you pass on.


The information in this article is provided for education and informational purposes only, without any express or implied warranty of any kind, including warranties of accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose. The information in this article is not intended to be and does not constitute financial or any other advice. The information in this article is general in nature and is not specific to you the user or anyone else.


Mikey Rox is an award-winning blogger and journalist whose work has been published by more than 100 regional, national and international publications. Consistently, Rox writes for the personal finance blogs Wise Bread and Money Crashers and lifestyle sites such as FlyLyf and Swagr. Rox lives in New York City with his husband and their two dogs. Follow his OMG! moments on Twitter @mikeyrox.

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