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How Much Life Insurance is Enough?

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. How much have you thought about life insurance?

Why is life insurance important?

Life insurance is an important step in protecting your loved ones in case the unexpected happens. Depending on your coverage, life insurance could provide your spouse, children or other family members the following:
  • coverage for your children’s college expenses
  • a steady stream of income to cover daily expenses such as mortgage and credit card payments
  • payment of burial and final expenses
  • donations to a charity
Even though life insurance is important, only 6 in 10 Americans have life insurance, according to the industry group LIMRA. Of those who have life insurance, 30% know they need more.

So why don’t more American’s have life insurance? LIMRA says that those that don’t have it agree it’s important but feel it’s too expensive.

Is life insurance expensive?

Many of us are able to cover the essentials each month, such as groceries and the electric bill, but don’t have much money left over. When expenses are tight, spending those few dollars a month on life insurance seems much harder to achieve.
A good representative will be able to recommend a monthly life insurance payment that fits within your budget. Even if that smaller payment doesn’t cover everything your family might need, it could relieve your loved ones from even a small expense after your passing.

Additionally, life insurance is not just based on age and health. Many life insurance providers take into consideration other factors such as credit history and driving record to provide better rates.

How much is enough?

TruStage, 1st United’s life insurance partner, recommends spending 1% of your annual, pre-tax pay on life insurance as a starting point. However, everyone’s coverage needs vary.

Take a look at this handy life insurance calculator . The life insurance calculator is a great starting point for you to estimate what you might need for your family. But, it’s just a start. Speak to a life insurance representative to tailor your plan around your family’s needs and budget.

Source: Facts from LIMRA Life Insurance Awareness Month, September 2015 | 1st United Credit Union cannot give financial, tax or legal advice, please consult a tax advisor or investment advisor to assess your situation.
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