Consider The Total Cost Of Your Policy: Some policies
appear to cost more, but may, in fact, be cheaper when you
look at the total cost of the policy. For example, annual
renewable policies increase your premiums
every year and thus may appear to be more expensive than
level term policies where the premiums never increase
(although the initial premiums for a level term policy will
be higher). But, in fact, level premium policies may involve
higher costs over the policy's full term, and become particularly
expensive when you try to renew your policy at the end of
Smoking Now!: The facts prove it: Tobacco users are
twice as likely to die as non-tobacco users while they are
insured. Insurance companies take this into account when
they set their premium and cash benefits levels.
You can save from 20% to 30% on premiums by quitting smoking.
(*American Journal of Public Health, September 1995,
Vol. 85 No. 9)
Vs. Preferred Risk: Many insurance companies offer lower,
preferred rates to people who appear to be in better health
and live a lifestyle that promotes a healthy, accident-free
life. If you're in this category, you may be able to get
a much better deal on your life insurance. See "Understanding
Standard and Preferred Risks" for more information.
Policies: First-to-die permanent life insurance policies
pay cash benefits regardless of which spouse dies first.
Covering both spouses with one policy can be cheaper than
buying two policies.
Policies: If you have a number of small life insurance
policies, you can save money by consolidating your policies
into one larger policy that offers the same coverage.
For A Better Deal Now: Are you getting the best deal
on your life insurance? The only way to be sure is to shop
around. But it is important that you do your shopping now
while you are in good health, insurable and can qualify
for a good rate. Remember, the longer you wait, the older
you will be and the higher your rates may be. So, it's advisable
to lock in your best rate now and stick with it!