You really must acquire adequate insurance or risk the most common financial crises turning into crushing debt. You should do this even before paying down all your consumer debt.
Types of insurance to consider:
- Home or renters
- Life insurance
You only have one body and mind and that affects everything else. So take care of your body.
I’m self-employed and my wife's plan is too expensive and prevents me from receiving subsidies on the Obamacare open market.
So I had to turn to Christian Healthcare Ministries.
Good and bad
- For me, costs around $200/m
- Bad for ongoing medication needs
- Must pay for brothers keeper to have catastrophic coverage
- No in or out of network or blocked off services or blocked off providers
- Must pay out of pocket and then submit requests for reimbursements
Medical savings account option
I love this episode of Money For The Rest Of Us 213: Why Health Insurance Is A Mess.
You can price shop this fairly easily. But be sure to look closely.
What to look for:
- Make sure you plan covers uninsured or underinsured motorists
- If you are still making payments on your car make sure you have full coverage
- Understand how much in property and injury you are covered for
- Understand your out of pocket deductible
You do not love your wife and kids if you do not have a life insurance policy. Because if you die and don’t have at least 10-20x your annual income chances are they will struggle financially.
The best thing you can do is get this insurance while you are young and healthy.
I choose to get a 30 year term insurance so I have 30 years to become self insured.
Home or Renters Insurance
You need homeowners insurance if you own a home or renters insurance if you rent.
Depending on your region you may need different coverage.
Without this coverage you will be paying to replace your things and paying to pay back that home without being able to live there. Be sure to ask questions because you may be forced to prove what you owned or risk not being compensated for it.
If you can’t work, what will you have to give up? Coverage is always a percentage of your current income like 60%. But your income is your primary tool in wealth building. There are ways to save and get insurance that kicks in after 5 years of disability that covers you as long as you are disabled. I hear those are cheaper and probably the best most of us can afford.
For each of these there are independent insurance agents and websites that can give you a quote. Also being under insured can leave you lacking in an emergency.
Other insurances to think about as well:
- Identity theft (this is a growing problem)
- Long term care for 60+ year olds
- Supplemental insurance for not covered by major medical (Example hospital stays when having a baby) - Aflac for example