UPDATED: Mar 26, 2020
We strive to help you make confident insurance decisions. Comparison shopping should be easy. We partner with top insurance providers. This doesn't influence our content. Our opinions are our own.
Worry. As a parent and business owner, I struggle with it from time to time. I’ve gotten better at managing it, but I still occasionally fret over things that aren’t within my control.
I’ve learned there’s nothing more productivity-zapping, mentally distracting, and just plain exhausting than lying awake at night wondering, “what if.”
So, what’s the best way to put worry in its place? Do what you can to mitigate risk.
For instance, I no longer agonize over the possibility of losing my computer files because I’ve backed up all my data in the cloud. And I’ve subscribed to an identity theft monitoring service so I’ll know quickly and can act promptly if anyone steals my personal information.
But what if you find yourself losing sleep over what might happen if you weren’t around, and your family would need to make ends meet on its own?
If you can’t shake worrying about the financial security of your family, that’s a sure sign it’s time to do something about it. Protecting your loved ones with a term life insurance policy could give you the peace of mind (and good night’s rest) you need.
But the excessive worry isn’t the only reason to look into getting life insurance.
5 Other Reasons You Should Consider Getting Term Life Insurance
Permanent life insurance costs too much for your budget.
Term life insurance policies are flexible and cost less than whole (permanent) life insurance policies. If you’ve gotten a quote on whole life insurance in the past but found you couldn’t afford it, get a quote on term life instead. You can get policies with term periods of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 years. The premiums are lowest on shorter term policies.
You have a spouse and/or children.
In short, you have important people in your life who you want to protect and look out for. You might consider a term life insurance policy to provide coverage until children graduate from college or until a certain debt is paid (such as a mortgage). 3 in 10 people wish their spouse or partner had more life insurance. Is your significant other thinking that, too?
Your employer doesn’t provide any form of life insurance.
And even if the company you work for does, will it be enough to give your family the protection it needs? 50% (58 million) of U.S. households say they need more life insurance. Term life can fill in the gaps and augment employer-provided coverage. It can also provide coverage beyond the end of your employment. And even though some companies allow you to take the policy with you when you leave, the cost is almost always unreasonable. It can be 3-4 times the cost of your own personal policy.
You own a home.
A term life insurance policy can help your family afford to maintain and keep ownership of your property. Wouldn’t it be nice to know they’ll always have a roof over their heads?
You own a business.
Like your home, the business you’ve built is an asset worth protecting. A term life policy can help ensure your family can keep your business running if they choose to.
Although 85% of Americans say most people need life insurance, only 62% have coverage. I suspect that means 38% or more of our friends and neighbors worry about how well their families would be able to pay for funeral expenses, utility bills, their mortgages and loans, food, and education costs.
Getting a term life policy could help put your spouse and family in a better position to take care of themselves – and it just might spare you from another sleepless night.
Statistics Source: LIMRA