What Insurance Policies Does Your Family Need?

Picking the appropriate level of insurance coverage for your family can be a confusing and overwhelming task.

Not only are there multiple insurance companies to choose from for the various insurance needs you have, but there are so many different types of insurance that it can be difficult to know where to start.

Critical Insurance Policies to Have For Your Family

There are five critical insurance policies every family should have.

Life Insurance

The most critical insurance policy for a family is life insurance coverage on both spouses or parents regardless if they are working or not.
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How to Save Money on Auto Insurance – Easy Ways to Save Money

Auto insurance is a necessary expense, but one that we often spend too much for.

Many people seem to be much more likely to look for ways to save on groceries by clipping coupons or to save on gas by driving around town trying to find the lowest per gallon price rather than looking at their auto insurance.  Often people choose their auto insurer, pay their premium every six months, and don’t think about it further.

Yet why pay more than you have to? 

There are plenty of ways to trim your costs and save money on car insurance.

Consider the following easy ways to save on auto insurance:

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To Do This Year: Buy Renters Insurance

Since 2008 and 2009, owning a home is about as in style as teased hair.

As foreclosures continue and people end up selling their home for less than what it was worth, renting has become the new way to live.  Not owning a home takes away the investment risk that is inherent in home ownership.

If the housing market would continue to falter, you’re not out anything.

Because of the distaste towards home ownership, renting has taken off.

Rental rates continue to rise and the amount of highly sought after apartments or homes continue to fall but according to a recent survey, 57% of renters are missing an important piece of insurance:

Renters Insurance!
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What Are Consumer Driven Health Plans and How do They Work for You?

Consumer Driven Health Plans have become popular as a way to contain health care costs.

But what are consumer driven health plans and how do they work for you?

While a consumer driven health plan can substantially lower health costs to an employer, they can also result in substantial savings — and other benefits — to employees.

The plans center on health savings accounts (HSAs) and health reimbursement accounts (HRAs), and pay for up front health care costs not generally covered by regular health insurance plans.

They are typically (but not always) used in conjunction with high deductible health insurance plans that protect the beneficiary only from very large medical expenses.

The difference is then covered through either the HSA or HRA account.  This enables the employee to pay lower health insurance premiums but to budget for the higher out of pocket costs through regular contributions to HAS/HRA accounts by either the employee or employer.

The combination is named “consumer driven health care” because up-front health care costs are paid using a consumer-controlled account versus a single payer, giving the beneficiary greater control over his own health coverage. Continue Reading

How Age Affects Your Car Insurance Rate and What You Can Do About it

When car insurance companies look at your risk profile, they take a number of factors into account. From your driving record, to your coverage amounts, to your credit score, an insurance company wants to get an idea of how likely it is that they will have to pay out on a claim on your behalf.

One of the factors that insurance companies look at when setting premium amounts is your age.

If you want to save money on your insurance premiums, it helps to understand how age affects what you pay.  There might not be a lot you can do about it, since you can’t change your age, but you can compensate for your age.

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Do You Need Disaster Insurance? What Type Should You Get?

Once again, a natural disaster has brought the attention of many to the possible need for disaster insurance. Hurricane Irene might not have been as fierce as many expected, but there will still probably be plenty of insurance claims from floods and other damage.  Whenever we hear of a hurricane, an earthquake, tornadoes or some other disaster, it often prompts a double-check of the homeowners policy to see if you would be covered in a similar disaster were to befall you.  Do you need disaster insurance?  See the different types available and if you need it.

Types of Disaster Coverage

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Homeowners Insurance Coverage: Are You Truly Covered?

One of the biggest purchases you make is your home. It is an expensive item to own, and its protection is quite important if you want to maintain financial freedom.  After all, if something happens to your home, it can be quite expensive to fix.  Insurance is purchased to help you afford unexpected problems, and this includes homeowners insurance.  However, it is important to realize that not every situation is always covered by homeowners insurance.

Before you consider that your entire home, and everything in it is covered, it is important to double check what is actually covered by your policy.  You may need to purchase additional insurance coverage if your homeowners policy is lacking.  Here are some of the more common items not covered by some homeowners insurance policies:
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