Life Insurance Guide

Life Insurance Guide

We’re looking at our life insurance at the moment. Life insurance plans differ in terms of coverage and the various types of policies that are available. We have great cover in place to cover us until our youngest is 12 years old. What we didn’t consider when taking this out, is what to do about us after that! One thing you should never do is rush into the decision of purchasing a life insurance plan, clearly. This mini guide looks at choosing life insurance the right way.

Life Insurance: Tell the Truth

One of the biggest mistakes people make when applying for life insurance is failing to reveal any health issues they are suffering from. Some people think it is better to lie on their application or purposely disclose information, as they will be able to lock in better premiums. But, if you do this, you will only suffer in the long run, as your policy will become invalid, and your loved ones won’t receive a lump sum when you pass away. Assuming life insurance is the only type of policy you need is another error. can help you with this. What about policies that can protect you while you’re still alive?

Choose Your Life Insurance Mindfully

You also need to be mindful when choosing reviewable life insurance policies from insurance companies. While there is nothing wrong with going down this route, you do need to be fully aware of the fact that the premium is only guaranteed for a set period of time, anything from around three to ten years. After this time your policy can be repriced. Moreover, if you are thinking about taking out a joint life insurance policy for you and your partner, you may be better off going for two separate life insurance policies, as they offer more value and flexibility. Finally, watch out for low start policies, as the monthly premiums can increase throughout the policy term.

Finding The Best Life Insurance Quote

Life insurance quotes may be something you have searched on the Internet already. You may be startled by the difference in the quotes provided. This is because there are a number of different factors that are considered when working out life insurance premiums.

It is important to understand what is considered by insurance companies when they put together a quote, as this will help you to understand what is a fair price and what is not. Basically, the greater risk you are, the more you will pay. So, to put it bluntly, if an insurer deems you have a higher chance of dying than someone else, you are going to pay more. The main factors they will consider are your health, age, family medical history, and lifestyle. Of course, your health is important because, if you have any on-going medical issues, the insurer is clearly going to deem you to be high risk. The older you are, the more you can expect to pay. If there is a history of cancer or any other type of serious issue in your family medical records, you may be charged a higher rate. Also, if you live a dangerous or unhealthy lifestyle, this will also make you a bigger risk.

Despite all of this, one thing you should never do is lie on your application. If you do so, the insurer will make your policy void, meaning your children or partner are left with no money at all. This is not a risk worth taking. Instead, the best way to find a good life insurance quote is to use a comparison website.

Our Life Insurance

The above advice is sound. Now that we are looking for separate insurance to protect us in our twilight years we are finding that there are a huge number of products and options available and that our premiums may be higher because I am now diabetic. I am considering specialist insurance that caters for specific health issues, ensuring proper coverage without the ridiculous costs. Who said that adulting wouldn’t be fun?

4 Tips for Freeing Up Your Finances

4 Tips for Freeing Up Your Finances

If you’ve been reading the blog you’ll know that in January I started a family Frugal Living challenge, aimed at cutting back waste, sorting our finances and putting more into our savings and pensions. It can be tricky to balance budgeting with raising a family. Financial security is important for everyone — especially those of us with children.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to manage costs as a parent. Here are four ideas that could help.

Plan Spending in Advance

To stay on top of your finances, why not plan all outgoings in advance? By doing this on a regular basis, you can avoid splashing out on products that you don’t need.

In turn, you could make massive savings. Store a simple cash flow document on your phone to make sure that you can view it anywhere. This way, you can instantly squash that desire to spend impulsively by seeing how it will affect you later in the month.

Instant mobile access is also useful if it feels like you rarely get five minutes to sit down at your laptop or tablet. Let’s face it, that description applies to most of us as parents. But you needn’t let your busy family life get in the way of managing your finances.

Work from Home

If you’re a stay-at-home parent and miss the thrill of work, don’t worry. You can easily transform a passion into a successful home-run business. In fact, self-employment has almost doubled over the past 18 years. As a result, there’s more support than ever available to people who want to make cash by doing what they love.

Do you want to free up your finances, get your teeth stuck into a long-term project, and be there to support the kids? If so, this could be the perfect money-making solution for you?  I’ve been a freelancer for nearly 13 years, 9 years full time which is something that I chose to do so that I could still earn and be flexible around my family’s needs.

Prepare for Rainy Days

Nobody knows what the future holds. Sometimes, darker periods can occur. And when they do, it’s useful to have a financial back-up in place. Should an event or issue affect your income, with savings you’re fully prepared to deal with it. With this contingency money, you and your family can remain financially secure whatever the circumstance.

In addition, putting aside small amounts for your retirement could help you to stay financially afloat well into the future. This is what we’re working hard on at the moment.

So long as you contribute regularly to your fund, there’s never been a better time to start saving than now.

Enjoy Free Activities and Days Out

I mentioned this briefly in my Frugal Living February Update blog post. Saving money doesn’t have to be boring and we don’t always need money to have a good time. Free days out can be fun for everyone.

What’s more, you won’t be paying to enter a popular destination – you’ll be doing whatever you’ve arranged solely as a family – so this is also likely to bring you all closer together.

Parenthood can be challenging enough without the stress of financial organisation. But when you know how, you can easily arrange your finances and attend to your family at the same time. Once you’ve dealt with the money side of things, you’ll be able to enjoy life to the full. And this will benefit everyone in the family.