Types of Life Insurance that do not Require an Exam

When you’re shopping for life insurance, there are dozens of different factors that you’ll need to consider to ensure that you’re getting the best plan possible. Life insurance is the most important safety net that you can ever buy for your loved ones. It’s one of the few ways that you can ensure that your family has the money that they need, regardless of what happens to you.

One of the biggest parts of a life insurance policy is the medical exam. It plays a major role in how the insurance company views you and how much they are going to charge you for protection. There are a lot of people that want to skip the medical exam. For whatever reason, these people don’t want to go through the hassle of taking the exam, luckily, there are several options for life insurance without the exam.

Buying Life Insurance Online

One popular way of getting life insurance is to purchase a plan online. Several insurance companies have started operated entirely online. Instead of having to talk to an agent on the phone and take the medical exam, you can purchase life insurance online. All that you have to do is answer some health questions, fill out the forms, the then it will all be sent through their medical underwriting.

Companies like Haven Life have specialized this type of coverage, are able to offer life insurance policies up to $1 million, and are dedicated to giving their clients quality life insurance at an affordable rate, without having to take the medical exam.

Guaranteed issue

As you can probably guess from the name guaranteed issue plans are guaranteed acceptance, which means that regardless of your health or any complications, you can get approved for insurance. With these plans, all that you will have to do is give them your age, gender, zip code, and a payment. After that, you’ll have life insurance coverage.

The two main problems with these plans are that they are expensive and you probably can’t get enough life insurance. You’re going to pay more for your insurance coverage because the insurance company doesn’t get any information about your health. Additionally, you can only get around $25,000 worth of insurance. For most families, that isn’t going to be enough insurance protection.

Also, most guaranteed life insurance plans are going to be graded death benefit. That means for the first two years of the plan, if something were to happen to you, your family wouldn’t get the full payout of the plan. Instead, they would only get a portion of them. With most guaranteed issue plans, for the first year your family would only get 50% of the face value of the plan, and for the second year, you’ll get around 80%.

Simplified Issue

Simplified issue life insurance is a great way to get life insurance without having to take the medical exam. You don’t have to take the exam, but you are going to have to answer a lot of health questions. They are going to ask you dozens and dozens of questions about your health. Additionally, they are going to look at your prescription drug history, MIB records, and your DMV records. Unlike some other type of no exam plans, with a simplified issue plan, you’ll be able to get more coverage. Most companies will give you around $500,000 worth of protection.

Employer-Sponsored Life Insurance

There are a lot of employers that offer life insurance as an incentive. With these plans, the employer pays the premiums for the insurance policy. Free life insurance? Sounds great, right? There are a couple of problems with employer-sponsored life insurance policies that you should be aware of. The main problem with these plans is that they are often minimal. The majority of companies offer plans that are the size of your annual income. These insurance plans are a nice way to get additional coverage, but they shouldn’t be your main source of life insurance.

You don’t have to take a medical exam, and you don’t have to pay the premiums. It’s a great incentive, but it could leave your family with additional bills and expenses.

Life Insurance with No Exam

Life insurance is one of the best purchases that you’ll ever make for your loved ones, but a lot of people want to avoid taking the medical exam. There are several options for getting life insurance without the exam, and it’s important that you find the one that’s best for you and your loved ones.

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How Much Would You Replace If You Lost Everything?

Post revision: I wrote this post after seeing images of the horrifying wildfires in California.  This prompted me to think about what would happen in a similar event.  It turns out that someone in the personal finance community was right there.  They were safe but lost everything.  There’s actually a few different posts tied to this topic.  I’m honored to be among them.  See the bottom of the post for the ‘Chain Gang’ on this topic.  

There have been a lot of disasters around the world lately.  Earthquakes.  Hurricanes.  Wild fires.  In each of those tragic situations, many have lost everything.

I live in Michigan.  Many would never consider this a great destination.  Summers are beautiful but short. Because it’s practically surrounded by water, winters are often gray and slushy.

But one thing we have going for us is that we’re not a big target for any natural disasters.

  • Earthquakes – We’re not on or near any known major fault lines.
  • Hurricanes – We’re nowhere near a coastal line.  We might get a day or two of rain a few days after a hurricane fizzles out.
  • Tornadoes – While we’ve had some bad tornadoes, they’re generally not an ongoing, serious threat.
  • Wildfires – We do have a lot of trees here.  There have been instances of fires, of course, but we get enough rain to generally keep things moist enough.  Our worst droughts don’t hold a candle to anything out in California.  Another good benefit from being nearly surrounded by water, I suppose.

What If We Lost Everything?

But it still got me thinking, what happens when you lose everything?  The latest tragedy on the news is the Northern California wildfires.  The images on TV show fire taking out entire neighborhoods.  In many cases, not a thing is left standing.  There is absolutely nothing to save.

So what would you do if that happens to you?

Pretend you have something come in and take out your home and everything inside.  In the scenario, everyone comes out safe, but your stuff?  Gone.  All of it.

So, once you settle with the insurance company, what do you replace?

Nobody will put their house back together exactly as it was.  There’s no way anybody replaces things item for item.  It just doesn’t happen.

What Percentage Of Items Would You Replace?

It got me thinking.  If you lost everything, what percentage of items would you actually replace?

I don’t know if I can have a hard number, but it’s definitely less than 100%.  Let’s think about a few things.

House

Most people will end up replacing their house.  But in some cases, you might not.  You might not rebuild.  You could sell the lot and buy another home.  Even if you did build a home, it would likely be different.  For one, everything will be new.  You might have a different layout.  You’ll choose different finishes and fixtures.

Clothes

If you lost everything, you’d need a new wardrobe.  But would you replace, piece by piece, what you had?  I know I wouldn’t.  I’d probably start off with a much smaller wardrobe to begin.  Think of your current clothes in three tiers: New, Good, Near The End.  New items would likely be replaced, as would some good items.  But right now, you probably have a lot of items that you keep but don’t wear often.  Maybe they’re near the end of their life. Perhaps they’re more reminders of something.  In any case, with shirts, pants, shorts, etc. I can almost guarantee I would have less than I do now.

Kids Stuff

We have a lot of stuff from when the kids were babies or younger than they are now.  Some we keep in case anyone else might need it.  Other items we just haven’t gone through yet.  We’ve got a whole lot of toys that can be sold or donated.  The kids would need to replace stuff they use today, but that’s it.

Bedding and Towels

Let’s face it.  When you replace bed sheets or your towels, you probably keep the old ones.  You stick them aside in case you need them for guests or emergencies.  While you’d need to replace what you use, there’s stuff you don’t that you’d skip.

Holiday Stuff

I know for a fact we wouldn’t replace all of our Christmas stuff.  One of the things I have is a Christmas village. I’ve built up the collection for years.  I love it and put it out every year.  But if we lost everything, I’m not sure I would instantly replace it.  Since many of the items were gifts, or bought at special times, replacing the whole thing piece for piece wouldn’t be the same.

Heirlooms and Other Irreplaceable Items

We’ve got some items that were passed along from family.  You simply couldn’t replace the item.  Even if you did find that exact same china set, it’s not the one your grandmother picked out and used.  The same goes with pictures (pre-digital era) and other treasures.

What Does This Mean?

Thinking about this gives me a few takeaways:

  1. I need an updated digital inventory. It’s hard to imagine going through and documenting things by the item.  But a video walkthrough would let you see much of what you lost.  This would help for insurance purposes.  It’d also help you create a list of items to replace.
  2. There’s a lot of excess. If you could live without something after you lost it, could you now?  I wouldn’t get rid of the heirlooms.  But, chances are you’re sitting on a lot of items that you wouldn’t miss.  Maybe now is your chance to reduce some clutter.
  3. It’s hard to imagine.   You live with the stuff you have.  You spend hours buying it, cleaning it, keeping it.  To imagine not having any of it is pretty hard, isn’t it?
  4. It reminds you of what’s important.  As hard as it is imagining life without your items, it’s just stuff.  I know that if something bad did happen, none of it would matter.  My wife and my kids.  That would be my list of what I’d need.  It would suck to lose everything else.  But even if you did lose everything else, guess what?  Life could still get back to normal one day.

The Chain Gang

Here are other posts.  Please give them a read.

Anchor Post: DadsDollarsDebt – Tubb’s Fire – A Sudden Evacuation19
Co-Anchor: Chief Mom Officer – A Harrowing Escape Inspires The Personal Finance Community – Beyond The Emergency Fund5
1: OthalaFehu – Cool As A Cucumber2
2: The Retirement Manifesto – Am I A Prepper?1
3: Mrs. Retire to Roots – In Case Of Emergency Follow The Plan
4: The Lady In Black – Emergency Preparedness1
5: The Green Swan – Preparing For The Worst1

6: Minafi – Minimal Hurricane Preparation3
7: A Gai Shan Life – Earthquake and disaster preparedness1
8: The Financial Journeyman – Emergency Preparation: Be Proactive1
9: John And Jane Doe – Thinking the Worst: Emergency Planning or Fighting the Last War?
10: Adventure Rich – Emergency Preparation Up North

11: Money Beagle – How Much Would You Replace If You Lost Everything?
12: Crispy Doc – Fighting Fire With FI/RE1
13: She Picks Up Pennies – How Can A Planner Be Unprepared?
14: Chronicles Of A Father-Getting Ready for a Natural Disaster
15: Rogue Dad MD- Disrupting the Equilibrium1

16: Unique Gifter-10 Ways To Help Disaster Victims
17: SomeRandomGuyOnline-Friday Blog Roundup – Emergency Preparedness Edition3
18: 99 to 1 Percent: 15 Frugal Ways To Prepare For An Emergency
19: I Dream Of FIRE – Your house is burning and you can only save 10 things – what do you choose?

Readers, have you ever thought about potentially losing everything?  If every material possession went away, how much do you think you’d replace?  What does this tell you about how much you have now?

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What Factors Determine Auto Insurance Pricing?

Shopping around for car insurance can be confusing.  Finding one that best suits your needs (and budget) can be just as intimidating.  What you have to realize before you even begin, however, is that while companies often differ in regard to the premiums that they offer to you.  There are several factors that will automatically result in you having a higher or lower premium. Here is a list of a few factors that can determine your auto insurance premiums, regardless of which company you go with for your insurance.

Demographics

Your age, gender, marital status, and where you live can all affect your auto insurance premiums.  If you’re under the age of 25, you’re statistically more likely to be in a car crash.  Insurance companies will put a higher premium on your policy.  However, if you are a student, many insurance companies will offer you a discount.  Don’t forget to ask about that if it applies to you.

In terms of gender, this is often tied in with age—specifically, young men tend to be in more crashes compared with young women.  However, the opposite is the case for the older cohorts.

Location

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Where you call home (or more specifically, where the car will be located) can have a major effect on your premiums.  Living in a big city with higher crime rates will put you on the path to pay higher rates.  This holds true no matter the company.  On the other hand, if you live in a small, quiet town out in the country, statistically you’re more likely to be safe from auto theft or vandalism and thus will likely have a lower premium on your auto insurance.

The Car

The type of car you drive plays a big factor in your rates. How old is your car?  What model is it?  What are the safety ratings?  These things have a big impact on your rates.  A car that’s rated as more safe will receive a lower premium than a car that’s rated as less safe.  While this seems obvious, many people don’t think of this when car shopping.

Additionally, larger vehicles tend to be safer than smaller vehicles.  Thus, they will often receive a lower premium.  However, if the engine itself is large compared to the size of the car, then the premium may be increased.  This means you, sports car drivers!

Your Driving Record

Are you a good driver?  Or have you been in more accidents than you have fingers on your hands? Someone who has never been in an accident will often get a lower premium than someone who has been in several.

These are just some of the ways that insurance companies come up with the premium for your specific insurance policy. Keep in mind, insurance companies often will also offer various discounts, so while you may suffer some “hits” from the factors mentioned above, you might be able to find other ways to save and thus reduce the overall premium for your auto insurance policy.

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Personal Finance For Young Adults

When you’re out on your own for the first time, it can be easy to live life to the fullest and avoid making a financial plan for the future. While it’s important to have plenty of fun while you’re in college, it’s absolutely vital that you form solid personal finance habits for the future. If you’re hoping to establish a bright financial future, consider the following tips regarding personal finance for young adults.

Avoid Going Out Every Weekend

College students often find that their weekly budget is completely decimated by the end of a long night of partying. While exploring local bars can be a blast, it’s never a good idea to make it a weekly habit. If you love being social with your friends but you’d like to save money, be honest and open about the fact that you’re trying to conserve cash. Instead of going out for drinks every weekend, host a game or movie night at your apartment.  Make it BYOB to really save some money.

Shop at Stores That Offer Student Discounts

While it might feel like college is the most expensive time of your life, you can actually use your status as a full-time student to your advantage. Several stores offer steep discounts for students, including the one-stop-shop of Amazon and clothing retailers like J. Crew. While it’s smart to be frugal, everyone needs new clothes occasionally.  Often you can use your student ID card to score great deals.

Find New Auto Insurance

If your parents have cut you loose from their auto insurance, you might be tempted to go with one of the big-name insurers simply because you’ve heard about them. However, it’s often worth your while to shop for a local auto insurance company. It’s incredibly important to have car insurance so you’re prepared for the unexpected.  You’ll want to have the best coverage possible for the lowest price available.

Build Your Credit

Many students are unaware of how important it is to start building a spotless credit history during your college years. If you’ve heard about the dangers of credit cards and you believe you might be tempted to overspend if you apply for a card to your favorite store, opt for something boring, like a gasoline card. If you have a car on campus, you’ll need to refuel on a regular basis.  Having a gas card makes financial sense.  Just make sure you’re committed to paying off the balance in full each month.

Get a Part-Time Job

College tuition is skyrocketing, and ensuring that your grades are up to par is a must on your to-do list. However, if you’re an established student with good study habits, it might be the ideal time to start looking for a part-time job. If you’re hoping for a manager who’s understanding of your situation, consider searching for jobs within your university. These types of jobs are usually low-stress.  You can earn extra income while also having the ability to take off work as needed. In addition to the income that you’ll earn, a job is also great to have on your resume for after graduation.

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