Some people may think that to be officially welcomed into the adult club, you need to accomplish a few milestones first: get married, get a dog, have kids, go to work in a suit.
But those people would be wrong. None of those things make you a real adult. The only three things that make you a real adult are setting up a retirement fund, getting a will and last but not least, buying a life insurance policy.
Get life insurance that fits your needs, and budget
Many people don’t know this, but there are actually three types of life insurance out there: Term Life Insurance, Permanent Life Insurance and Final Expense Insurance.
Term life insurance
Just as you’d guess, Term Life Insurance is only active for a specific term. Standard terms are 10, 15, 20 and 30 years. After the term ends, so does the policy.
Because these policies do expire, they are the most affordable option. The strategy behind this kind of life insurance is that you would have it during the period time when you make the least amount of income (in your 20s and 30s when you’re just starting out in your career). Then, when your policy ends, you would hopefully be making a much higher income, have more money in the bank and thus be able to afford any costs yourself.
Permanent life insurance
This type of life insurance is more expensive, but that’s because it’s for life. As long as you continue to pay for it, you’ll be covered. It’s also a way to guarantee you’ll have an inheritance to pass onto your dependents.
Final expense insurance
If you’re more interested in just having enough coverage as to avoid putting your family in a tight spot financially after you’re gone, that’s exactly what Final Expense Insurance is all about. The cost is quite low (starting at $10/month) because it only covers end-of-life expenses like a funeral, medical bills and debts that need to be settled. You can opt-in to a life or term policy for this type of insurance as well.
A personal story of how life insurance helped my family
Getting technical is great and all, but let me share how life insurance has actually helped my family.
A few years ago, my husband lost a very close family member. It was a tough time for everyone, but one silver lining was that his family member did have life insurance. This helped to pay for funeral expenses, as well as allowed for a sizeable inheritance for my husband.
Since my husband is a freelancer by trade, this inheritance changed his life. He was always worried about having enough to retire on and never being able to afford a house, but now he’s able to save for his future and we just bought our first place.
Life insurance may not be something you think you need, that is until you really need it or it’s too late. Plus, all the real adults are doing it.