Putting food on the table, paying your mortgage, building good credit – these are things that are at the top of the list. It may be easy to push to the back of the budget spending money on things you hope won’t ever happen.
But they’re precisely the kind of guarantee you’ll be glad you have.
Consider these stats:
- One-third of married women own no life insurance at all.
- People generally believe they can’t afford life insurance.
- On average, consumers estimate the cost of life insurance twice as high as the actual price.
And here are some things to consider about disability insurance:
- One in four of today’s 20-year-olds will become disabled by illness or injury and unable to work
- 68% of adult Americans have no savings earmarked for emergencies
- 90% of disabilities are caused by illnesses rather than accidents
#1 – You’re not invincible
“Disability coverage helps protect your income if a covered medical condition – even something that’s planned, like pregnancy – gets in the way of your ability to work,” says Kathy Plummer, director of product and market development at Unum. “We know that most employees do not have enough savings to cover their income loss, even for a short time.”
#2 – Disability insurance makes sense at any age
“If your paycheck is important to you,” Plummer says, “then disability insurance should be important to you at any age.” People who are just beginning their employment journey need to protect future earnings. With younger workers dealing with school loans, car loans and rent, income protection is just as important as it is for workers with family and mortgage expenses. “Those closer to the end of their careers will be protecting their retirement savings, as well as more significant household expenses – and maybe college costs,” Plummer notes.
#3 – Additional coverage may be necessary
Even if your employer offers disability insurance, you may want to consider buying additional coverage. “If you’re on the higher end of the pay scale, the base level of coverage may not be enough,” Plummer advises. “So it would be wise to get additional coverage.”
With a supplemental disability insurance policy, you can keep the coverage even if you get a job with another company.
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#4 – Everyone needs life insurance
Life insurance is a critical component to your financial health. “Everyone should have some life insurance to help cover financial obligations,” Plummer advises. “Even if just for funeral expenses.”
It’s also best to purchase life insurance sooner rather than later. “Life insurance rates are based on your age, so the younger you are, the cheaper the cost,” Plummer says. “Whole life insurance would be the first type to consider because it will build up some cash value over time that you can use for any number of things, like loans against the policy.”
Before you buy, check the amount offered by your employer. You should generally have coverage that equals up to 10 times your annual earnings. If your employer’s coverage falls short, consider purchasing additional life insurance.
Life insurance and disability insurance are just as important – if not more – than paying off your mortgage and student loans. They’re like food for your financial health and future, so don’t let fear or confusion stop you from spending money on the things you really need.