Baby boomers are already dropping out of the financial picture as millennials start to take over as the money-spending generation. Now, governments, organizations, and traditional financial institutions are starting to develop different packages aimed at harnessing the latent wealth within the millennial demographics. Millennials are starting to take out student loans, climb the corporate ladder, start businesses, rent/buy houses, have kids, and invest among other things.
Interestingly, millennials don’t seem to be buying as much insurance as other demographics. However, insurance is a valuable financial security net that helps to ease the pains of life’s inevitable lemons. This piece provides five straightforward insurance tips for millennials.
- Find adequate insurance coverage
The most important tip that can help you get fair and useful insurance is to make sure that you find and buy adequate insurance coverage. You need to know what kind of coverage you need (auto, comprehensive, life, homeowners, liability). You’ll then need to find an insurance firm that offers the best value for money in providing your needed insurance policy.
The insurance policy with the lowest price/highest price tag is not always the best. The most important thing is that your policy should give you the most financial benefit in the event that you need to file a claim. You should read reviews of insurance firms to know the quality of their service, industry ratings, and to know how much value they offer.
- Get discounts where possible
When shopping for insurance, you should determine how much coverage you need (see 1 above), determine how much you can afford to spend on insurance, and start looking for ways to say on your premiums. For instance, you can get a discount from some insurance firms if you “bundle” different policies. Your auto insurance provider might offer discounts if you stay accident-free, and you can get discounts on your premium if you pay your policy in full. Ask the insurance agent if they offer discounts and find ways to leverage such opportunities.
- It’s hard to get insurance for everything
There’s insurance for almost all areas of life you can insure your health, home, car, and life among others. However, the wording of your insurance policy (even the most comprehensive policy) might exclude some things from insured in the policy. In essence, your insurance policy will most likely cover the basics but you’ll still need to fill in the gap for your other unique insurance needs. For example, you might need to find how to safely store or insure your antiques, jewelries or family heirlooms.
- Life insurance is essential
Millennials still consider themselves young in the grand scheme of things but the fact is that you are not too young to own a life insurance policy. In fact, millennials will be making a smart financial move to buy life insurance now because they are young and healthy; hence, their premiums will be very low. The main advantage of owning a life insurance policy is that it provides a windfall for your family in the event of your untimely demise. The insurance payout could cover end-of-life expenses, mortgage, and the kid’s education.
- Keep your coverage current
Many young folks buy insurance and forget all about the policy until it is time to file a claim. You should endeavor to pay up your insurance premiums in full and on time in order to have continuous coverage. It is very disheartening to have your claims denied because your coverage wasn’t active as at the time of the event on which you want to make a claim. In addition, your insurance premiums could be increased if you don’t renew your coverage in good time before it lapses.