Last time I did a Money Talk with you all, my readers, the response I got was amazing! I truly appreciate all of the advice, so I’m here, asking for help again.
Ever since having baby RB40, more and better insurance has been on my mind. No longer is it just The Big Guy and I to worry about ourselves. Now we have the little girl who depends on us for everything. What would happen if I was suddenly laid off, or if I was disabled and could not work. Even worse, what would happen if either one of us died. The Big Guy has life insurance up to his eyeballs through the National Guard, but I only have about $250,000. So, we’re asking what are our insurance needs and why to you, my readers, before we go meet with the insurance agent. I want to have clear perspective from the best readers on earth! Help!
As of today, the Big Guy has almost $1 million in life insurance. All of it is term, but I know we will be totally ok (at least financially :-( ) if something tragic happens. I have $225,000 in term life insurance and $25,000 in whole life. Baby girl has nothing…..
What Do We Need?
I did an internship for a life insurance company while in college. Actually, I’ll tell you the name of the company: Northwestern Mutual. As far as insurance companies go, this is as honest and solidly run company as you’ll find (no, I’m not getting paid to say this). I found during my internship how solid the company is (they were one of the few to not take government bailouts and actually bailed out other insurance companies – that’s how financially stable they are). And, they’re commitment to honesty and taking care of their policyholders is unmatched by any other company in the industry.
While I loved learning about the business side of insurance, I hated the selling part. I am not a persuasive person. I can’t sit down with a person, find what makes them tick, and then connect with them on their level. Numbers (and almost only numbers) speak to me and I have a hard time breaking out of that. I came into the internship believing that insurance companies were 100% out to get their policyholders, and I just wanted to get an internship on my resume.
What is discovered was that insurance is a great way to protect yourself – and even build a back-up retirement plan. Even as a term-life insurance devotee, I acutally started to prefer whole life, seeing as Northwestern Mutual was returning a guaranteed 6% on whole life policies in 2010. For those of you that don’t remember, 6% was an incredible return the, especially since it was guaranteed.
I’m thinking Disability insurance is a must, seeing as I’m the only one working, and I make more than The Big guy (probably) would if he went back to work. Now, most employers provide basic disability coverage – usually 60% of your salary – just because you work for them, but my employer doesn’t, because all of the benefits where I work are sh*t. So we’re going to have to purchase something. Maybe purchase 60% coverage and then the Big Guy gets a job while I stay home with the kiddo?
Life Insurance for the Baby:
I would like to get her a $25,000 whole life policy. It’s not a lot, but along with the death benefit, she will have a significant amount of cash build up in the policy by the time she turns 18. It would be a nice little gift to her.
More Life Insurance for Me:
Right now, with our debt sitting at about $105,000, and my insurance at $250,000, the insurance would pay off all of our debt, but not really set both of them up for life. I’m not wanting to make them millionaires if I died, but maybe $100,000 more in life insurance is in order? And, I would like to convert another $50,000 of my term life insurance into whole life.
Long-Term Care Insurance
The Big Guy and I both need this. At our age, it’s super cheap to purchase, and it’s almost certain that we will need it at some point. I don’t want our care to put a burden on our or our daughter’s finances later on :-). You can read more about the costs of longer-term care and end of life care here, but suffice it say it’s not cheap. I want to protect us.
We’re also considering long-term care insurance for the aunt and uncle that I talked about in the first Money Talk. You know, the ones who asked us to take over their finances. Obviously, they have no savings, and seeing as so many people will need long term care at some point in their lives, and they have no children of their own, the financial responsibility would fall to us. I think it might be wise to purchase the insurance for them in order to protect ourselves later on.
Bottom line is that on our budget come December when our personal loan is all paid off, we still cannot afford to do everything on this list. I was thinking about meeting with our agent, telling him everything we were considering, as well as giving him a budget of $100 a month. From there, maybe we can work together to determine which products should be the priority and which should wait another year.
What do you think? What insurance should be our priority, and looking at our budget, what should our insurance budget be that we present to the insurance agent?
*This post may contain affiliate links
Linked up at:
Think Pink Sunday, Sunday Showcase, Happiness Is Handmade,Nifty Thrifty Sunday,That DIY Party, It’s Party Time, Sunday Showcase, Around Tuit, Mix It Up Monday, Creative Mondays, Bloggers Brag ,Made By You Monday ,Monday Pin It Party ,Motivate Me Monday ,Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop ,Monday Funday, Marvelous Monday ,Titus Tuesday ,Tuesdays at our home ,Tell Me About It Tuesday ,Tip Me Tuesday ,Tuesdays With A Twist ,The Inspiration Board ,Tutorial Tuesday ,Create Link Inspire ,Making a Home ,Something Fabulous Wednesday ,The Mommy Club ,Wow Me Wednesday ,Wake Up Wednesday, Adorned From Above Wednesday, Cast Party Wednesday ,Your Whims Wednesday ,The Project Stash ,Whimsy Wednesday ,We Did It Wednesday ,Wednesday Round Up ,Wine’d Down Wednesday ,Inspire Me Wednesday ,Whatever Goes Wednesday ,Something Fabulous Wednesday ,Wow Me Wednesday ,The Pin Junkie ,What To Do Weekends, Inspiration Gallery, Artsy Corner, Inspire Us Thursday, Thrifty Thursday, That’s Fresh Friday, KitchenFun and Crafty, Friday Frenzy, Inspire Me Please, Craft Frenzy Friday, Anything Goes, Pin Me Linky Party, Pin Worthy Projects, Friday Favorites, Best of The Weekend, Link Party Palooza, Friday Flash, Flaunt It Friday, Family Fun Friday, Frugal Friday, Weekend Bloggy Reading, Saturday Show and TellS, aturday Spotlight, Strut Your Stuff Saturday, Saturday Sparks, Saturday Sharefest, Serenity Saturday, Show and Tell Saturday, Get Schooled Saturday, Dare to Share Saturday, Skip The Housework Saturday, Silver Penny Saturday, A Little Bird Told Me