Common Perspective: “I’m young and healthy – so why should I sweat over not having any life insurance. After all, who would I leave it to anyway?”
The truth is there are many benefits to having life insurance while you’re young. Here are three:
1) Less Expensive
Generally, the younger you are, the cheaper life insurance is. If you invest now while you’re young and healthy, it is the most cost effective life insurance you’ll ever have. This will pay off enormously if your situation suddenly changes for the worse. During this time, a common practise is to make your beneficiary your parents. They have likely spent hundreds of thousands on you over the years. You can always change the beneficiary when you get a significant other.
2) Sets You Up For Later
One of the primary reasons for having life insurance when you are younger is risk. Not only are young people healthier, but they also cannot afford any dangerous toys yet. If you take up any hazardous sports like scuba diving, back country skiing, snowboarding, or rock climbing in the future, you will pay a hundreds of dollars extra or have an exclusion for your risky hobby or profession. We see this all the time, and it costs so little to tie up now.
A good idea is to purchase a plan to age 65. It would only cost $54 per month, but many get a discount due to healthy life styles which reduce the cost to only $43 per month. This means that you will have a base of $500,000 of life insurance to age 65 and the price is guaranteed not to change. You will not have to worry about any change in your health or future risky hobbies or jobs you might undertake.
3) Combine With Critical Illness Insurance
The average age of claims for critical illness is about 50. This means that it is a good idea to have in place early. The cost for $100,000 of a ten year term is about $25 per month with a 20 year term increasing to only $30 per month. You can lock it in to age 65 for just over $50 per month.
I have never talked to a person in their forties who regretted getting life insurance when they were younger. I have, however, spoken with many people who wish they had and are now struggling to qualify for affordable life insurance due to a medical issue, hobby, or occupation.