Finding affordable life insurance

Life insurance can be an important part of every family’s financial future. The cash benefit can help make an important difference when loved ones need help with medical bills, final expenses, living costs, loans and other bills that are left behind. And while many enjoy the peace of mind that life insurance brings, shopping for coverage can sometimes be overwhelming.

But in today’s world, buying life insurance has never been easier. Helpful tools, educational information, and applications are just a mouse click or phone call away. Here are some things you can do to make sure you get the life insurance coverage that’s right for you.

Shop online.

When looking for affordable life insurance, start by exploring online. Not only is the Internet a good source for information, but it allows you, in some cases, to investigate and compare coverage options, get an instant quote, and even apply online.

When shopping for coverage, you may not know what type of life insurance you should buy — or the amount of coverage you need. Often, you can find useful items such as online calculators and needs assessment tools to help you choose the right coverage for you and your loved ones. For example, many websites will offer a life insurance calculator where you can enter information about your individual situation to figure the cash benefit amount you’ll need.

When using this tool, consider current assets, expenses, sources of income and how long you will need life insurance protection. If you’re concerned about how other variables like inflation will affect your family’s protection plan, try looking for a life insurance calculator that includes an inflation calculator.

The internet also allows you to find information on different types of coverage and information about the life insurance providers you are considering. And once you have the information you need, you can, in some cases, get an instant quote or even apply directly online.

Apply through the mail.

Many life insurance providers also give you the option to get information and a quote through the mail. This is a good way to shop for life insurance if you need additional time to review your options, or talk things over with your family. In many cases, you can request free information online to be mailed to your home. If you have questions you can’t find answers to, and want to speak to someone on the phone — you can always call the insurance provider and ask.

Choose a provider you can trust.

When shopping for life insurance protection, you should also check with the different organizations you are affiliated with. These groups may have programs for members.

Additionally, it’s important to look for a life insurance provider you can trust. Choose a stable company with strong financial strength ratings from the top independent rating services, including A.M. Best, Fitch, Standard & Poor’s, and Moody’s Investors Service.

Your loved ones might rely on your life insurance — so you’ll want to have the peace of mind in knowing that your life insurance provider will be around in the years to come.

This article is provided by New York Life Insurance Company for informational purposes only. This article is not intended to provide tax, legal, financial or accounting advice. Please consult your own professional for advice specific to your circumstances.