A surprisingly large number of people see life insurance as a bit of a luxury item so they either don’t bother taking out a policy, or let their policies lapse when times are tough. Some think they don’t need life insurance while they’re young and healthy, while others see it as another expense they just can’t afford. Neither reason is necessarily valid. Firstly, we’re all at risk of accidental death; and secondly, life insurance isn’t that expensive so it’s more a question of whether we can afford to be without life insurance. Why should you take out life insurance? The reasons are many but the most obvious is that when you have a life insurance policy, you have the peace of mind that in the event of your death your loved ones won’t be left behind in financial difficult circumstances. If you want to protect and provide for those who are special to you, life insurance should be a vital component of your strategy. It’s not hard to find an affordable life insurance policy but you’ll want to find one that suits your budget and your personal circumstances. There are plenty of ways to establish the options available. You can search the web, speak to someone at your bank, ask friends, or consult with an insurance broker. Seek recommendations. Are there certain insurers you’d prefer to avoid or ones you like to deal with? Will term insurance suit your needs or would permanent life insurance be a better option? Life insurance for tight budgets! When you’re on a tight budget (and most of us are) term insurance can be a cost-effective option that allows you to have high coverage with low premiums. Term life insurance can be purchased for just $10-15 if you don’t need a large amount of cover. That’s an inexpensive way to protect your family. One thing you do need to be aware of is that when you take out a term insurance policy your rates are only locked in for the term of the policy. If you take out a 5 year term, when it expires the premiums on the next term policy you take out may be higher. If you want to ensure the premiums stay low, consider longer terms. Beware and read the small print If you’re looking for inexpensive life insurance, don’t jump into the cheapest “no health questions asked!” policy without understanding the policy clauses. The last thing you would want is to find that your coverage isn’t very effective. It’s a good idea to learn as much as you can about life insurance, and speak to knowledgeable brokers. You can discuss your circumstances and requirements with an experienced broker who will help you sort through the various options and find one that best suits your circumstances and budget. Available coverage and rates will depend on a number of factors – for example, your age, lifestyle, occupation and health may all influence the type and level of coverage you can obtain, and the premiums you’ll be asked to pay. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and opting to take out life insurance while you’re young will help you to obtain the best premiums. As you get older, understandably, you become a higher risk for insurers so premiums will increase. The most important thing however, is to shop around rather than taking up the first coverage offer you get. Compare quotes, benefits, features and conditions and don’t be shy about asking questions or seeking help to understand something. The chances are you’ll find a life insurance option that suits your circumstances and your budget.