How to Find Cheap Life Insurance Policies

Accidents are a very valid concern for everyone. They are the situations that arise at the most unexpected times and inconvenience each individual terribly. The damages that are caused by each accident are varied in their extent ranging from very minor incidents to devastating catastrophes. Accidents are not only of the vehicular kind, being caught in a freak rainstorm without an umbrella is also an accident of sorts. Preparing for every situation life is going to throw at you can be very difficult. There are certain situations that can occur that you never even considered would happen to you. But just because life has thrown you a curve ball does not mean you cannot go on living. In fact, life really waits for no one. That is the reason why we get insurances. These are contingency measures that we take to protect ourselves from serious expenses that may befall us.

There are several different types of insurances that you can get – life, home or building, car or auto, contents, etc. All these policies are designed in different ways to help you prepare for the future, just in case something was to happen to your life or your house or your car. Every individual needs to get a life insurance policy. It is to protect your family from having to deal with the financial loss that will be coupled with the emotional loss if you were to die. This is important especially if you are the breadwinner of the family. Your loss can be a major blow that your family will find emotionally very difficult to deal with. Do you really want them to be in financial problems too?

Getting life insurance is not as expensive as people might think. Yes, there are a number of policies that can be very pricey and have very high monthly or annual premiums but there are those that are cheap enough to be affordable for the average Joe. The way to get the cheapest premium on this sort of policy is to take quotes from all the different companies before you make your choice. In fact, if you hire an agent, he or she will make sure that you get the best policy at the cheapest premium. You can even avail certain discounts and offers that the agent may be able to get for you.

If a full policy is too expensive for you then you can even opt for a Term Policy. This is a policy that has a coverage validity for a specific term that can be anywhere between 1 year to 20 years even. These policies are way cheaper than the full type because they have a set expiry period. If anything happens to your life during this period then your family will be able to make a claim. Also, if you live past the expiry date then you will no longer be covered. Each of the policies has a number of different terms and conditions that you can get from the company or from your agent.

Beneficiaries Of Lost Life Insurance Policies Can Really Use The Money

It is just a shame that money owed to some beneficiaries of lost insurance policies never get to them during their lifetimes. I spoke with some representatives of insurance companies, to see how many, on a daily basis, get phone calls from the public, asking them to search their database for insurance policies. I had one company say 100’s a day. I had another company tell me 1000’s a day and they even elaborated that it was a total waste of the consumer’s time as well as resources and man power of his company. He said that they will never find it if they do not know which company their loved one bought it from. Well, I took this opportunity to explain the need of a central life insurance database to him; telling him that it is a safe and a much needed service. He listened to me for around 10 minutes while I explained the many benefits a central database could have to his insurance customers. Even with him telling me that it was a waste of time for anyone calling his company, he did not want anything to do with the thought of a database. He flatly told me that he did not feel a database was a benefit to his customers, I was surprised.

Now as a insurance agent myself, I took offense to this comment. Isn’t it the responsibility of the agent (regardless of the company they work for) to do what is best for the customer? Don’t you think that registering anyone with life insurance on a central database so their beneficiaries can locate the company name is the best thing for the customer? Well I do. Not only does a database allow an individual to register the company name they have insurance with, it allows the beneficiary with certainty to find the policy you have in place. All an individual would need, to find a life insurance policy, is the company name. Since there are over 2000 life insurance companies in the United States alone, having the company name on a central database will solve a major problem that gets recognized only when it is too late; lost life insurance policies. Hopefully consumers of life insurance will also recognize the need and buy it from agents and agencies that offer to register on a free central database. It is definitely something to think about.

Free Financial Advice is Far Too Expensive

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, and that especially applies to supposedly free financial advice.

Here’s how to spot them so you don’t get stung.

Cold callers offering to slash your repayments

Most of the time these guys call you just as you’re sitting down to dinner, promising to manage your cash flow and generally get you out of debt. Barefoot’s view is that cold-calling debt consolidation companies should be outlawed. If you want to pay your debts off faster, there are only two ways: either lower your interest rate (if you are able) or make extra repayments. Everything else is sales spin trying to cream thousands of dollars from you that you don’t have.

Car loans from used car dealerships

I’d barely trust a used car dealership to recommend me a car – so why would you let them recommend you a loan? Don’t do it. Sure it’s convenient, but that convenience comes at a cost. Better to do your own research. Buy what you can afford and never get roped into a finance deal at a car yard.

Free financial advice from financial planners

They’re not free when you realise that the person giving you ‘free’ advice is actually a salesperson paid by the companies of the products they push. Don’t listen to their spin, commissions will affect the advice they give. A much better deal is to pay an expensive fee for service advisor. It will save you tens of thousands of dollars over the long run.

Mortgage brokers

These guys operate in much the same way as ‘free’ financial planners. They may do all the legwork for you, but are unlikely to give you the cheapest effective interest rate on the market, because many of the cheapest mortgage providers refuse to pay kickbacks. Better to do your own research and put the rest into the mortgage!

Compare Cheap Car Insurance Quotes – You Could Be Wasting Hundreds of Dollars Each Month

Have you ever wondered why most people don’t compare cheap car insurance quotes? Some people chose their insurance companies by asking family or friends for their company’s name. Other chose their insurance by going with the highly advertised names they heard on TV or the radio. But when asked if they ever compare car insurance quotes, many individuals just give you a weird look like you asked them something strange or ridiculous.

Many have been with their insurance brokers for so long they’ve become close friends. Others will tell you they never speak to the same broker twice because the company is so large they don’t get personal service anymore. It’s come to the point where receiving a letter or bill in the mail is the only correspondence we get from our insurance companies. Think about it folks, when was the last time you received a call or letter from your insurance broker letting you know that your rates were going to be lowered because you’ve been driving well this year? OK, stop laughing I was just trying to make a point.

Nowadays, anyone can go online and compare cheap car insurance quotes before deciding on which company to buy insurance from. It’s no longer necessary to pay the same rates every year without any chance of having your rates lowered. Why do insurance companies raise our rates the first chance they get? My insurance was raised after having a 10 year clean record because I was involved in an auto accident that was proven to be the other guys fault. It was explained to me that my rates went up because I was now considered to be a high risk. Well, I immediately asked where my discount was for my past 10 years of safe driving. You guessed right; the phone went quiet and I was put on hold to speak with a supervisor. After that experience, I found out that many online services would offer me a number of different rates from various insurance companies making it much easier and faster for me to make my decision for buying insurance for my car.

It’s time for all of us to wise up and decide to compare cheap car insurance quotes from other companies. Getting the best rates is now a choice we can make by educating ourselves on which companies are offering the lowest rates in our area for the year and specific model car we drive. Don’t be fooled into thinking that dealing with large national insurance companies will get you automatic discounts and the lowest rates because they have so many customers.