You’re young, should you buy life insurance? Yes, and here’s why
The topic of insurance among young people is often considered boring and inapplicable. Life insurance even more so, because who wants to think about death? But, there’s more to life insurance than funeral costs, and life insurance can serve as financial leverage for young people. These tips can guide you.
Combine Your Coverage
It’s sensible for young people to buy two plans. One of them should have a higher payout but be for a shorter duration. The second should be for a lower payout but a longer time frame. Theoretically, household expenses will decrease over time, so your life insurance should too.
Don’t Delay! Do It Today
Everyone needs life insurance because we can die at any moment, and everyone leaves expenses behind. Life insurance is much cheaper when you are younger and don’t have any major health conditions. Insurance companies assume that younger buyers are less likely to die, so you can get cheaper premiums.
Don’t get a smaller coverage amount just because you are single now. Life can be surprising, and it’s better to have too much insurance than to not have enough. Buy a plan that would give you reasonable coverage for your hypothetical family if you were married with children.
Beware of Employer Benefits
Some young people opt for the life insurance offered by their employer because it’s easier than shopping around, but there’s an inherent danger. Just as with health insurance, your life insurance policy will end if you ever leave that job. It’s safer to find your own policy.
Can You “Cash Out?”
Some permanent life insurance policies act as a tax-free savings account. After certain time limits, these types of policies allow you to take some of that money out. While this is not the purpose of life insurance, it can provide a last resort source of money for financial emergencies.