As you work to become financially stable and build wealth, it’s important to make sure your assets are protected against unforeseen events.
Accidents and disasters do happen, and if you aren’t adequately insured, you could end up suffering a significant financial loss.
While insurance planning is not as direct a way of saving as investing, it can actually save you a significant amount of money over the long haul. You might want to think of it as a precautionary investment that can protect you from a major financial loss.
Insurance requires an upfront investment in the form of annual or monthly premiums. That’s why it’s important to consider what insurance you may need (and how much it will cost) when making a financial plan, since it can affect your overall budget.
Read on to learn why insurance is important, what kind you may need, and how to make paying for it feel manageable.
The Purpose of Insurance and How it Works
Insurance is a tool that helps you manage risk in a variety of areas. An insurance policy is essentially an agreement between you and the insurer that you will have some level of financial protection in the event something “bad” happens.
Life insurance can also be important if you have a family who is dependent upon you financially. If you are married and your spouse contributes to the household, either financially or by caring for children and/or handing other responsibilities, your spouse may also want to consider buying life insurance.
Renters and disability insurance can also be smart ways to hedge your bets against an unforeseen, and potentially costly, event.
As your financial and other life circumstances change, so will your insurance needs. That’s why it can be a good idea to sit down at least once a year and reevaluate your insurance coverage and consider whether or not you are adequately protected.
How to Build Insurance Into Your Financial Plan
Financial planning may sound fancy. But coming up with a basic financial plan simply involves thinking about your goals–both short term (such as having an emergency fund, paying off debt, or buying a car) and long term (like funding your retirement, saving for a child’s college education, or paying off your mortgage).
You can then assess your income and current expenses and create a monthly budget that helps you work towards your financial goals.
50/30/20 plan. This allocates 50 percent of your income to essential/fixed expenses, 30 percent on discretionary expenses, and 20 percent towards savings goals.
When you tally up your essential, or fixed, expenses, here’s where you’ll want to include insurance. If an insurance premium is charged annually, you can divide it by 12 (or, if it’s biannual, divide by 6) to make sure you’re allocating enough money in your monthly budget to cover this expense.
While the upfront expense of insurance may be something no one wants to pay, it can be well worth the investment by protecting you from unexpected financial losses.
Having a financial plan (and an emergency fund) in place can also provide protection against the unexpected. And, if you factor in the cost of insurance in your monthly spending plan, you won’t get hit with a large bill out of the blue that you don’t have the cash to cover.
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