Do millennials actually need life insurance?

Do millennials need life insurance? I just finished with the process and wanted to help others as it can be a confusing process. After reading Sam at Financial Samurai's SO-FI life insurance review I wanted to document my process of getting life insurance. I use the word process because it's not something you do one day and have coverage the next day.

Do You Need Life Insurance

Do you have kids? Are you married? Do you have a long-term significant other? If none of the above you probably don't need life insurance at this time in your life. But if you do have kids, are married, or have a significant other you want to be protected. What kind of life insurance should you buy? Universal, whole, or term? Why didn't college teach us the basics? (another reason I wrote my book).

  • Term vs. Whole Life Insurance
  • Term life insurance

Term life insurance will pay out a set amount in the event of your untimely death. The amount you want insured can vary but typical amounts can be anywhere between $200,000 to $1,000,000. The higher the payout amount the higher your deductible. Usually, the terms are between five and thirty years. The longer the term the higher the deductible. As you're healthier (usually) when you're younger it's easier to secure a lower rate now than in your 40's or 50's.

Whole Life Insurance

Whole life insurance provides death benefits as well as cash value during the life or your policy. Like term life insurance it can be secured with or without a medical exam. If you opt out of the medical exam the policy will be significantly higher! According to Trusted Choice it can take 12 to 15 years to build up a decent cash value. It can also be a good idea for estate planning.

Millennials should choose term life insurance over whole life insurance the majority of the time. Otherwise you will pay more than you should at this stage of your life.

The Process of Getting Life Insurance

A 2017 goal was to secure life insurance for Ms. Super Millennial & Munchie before I was thirty years old. With the b-day approaching soon I got started at the beginning of February. I got started with SoFi Life after doing some research online. The process started by submitting an online questionnaire and chose coverage selections. The initial quote is super easy and only have to answer a few questions.

Initially I chose a 20 year term (the longest term SoFi offers) and the highest coverage; $1,000,000 (lot of zeros). Choosing your coverage is something I recommend you spend some time deciding. Don't just pick randomly.

Factor these into your decision:

  • Your net worth
  • Salary
  • How much the beneficiary uses

Surprisingly the monthly payment does not increase to much compared to how much extra your beneficiary would receive in the unlikely event of your death (sorry to be such a downer).

Once you submit your questionnaire you will usually get a call within 24-48 hours. As I mentioned SoFi is different than most life insurance providers and can accept your application without a medical exam. Much to my dismay I have had past conditions that required me to get a medical exam. They setup the exam on the call and did another questionnaire, this one much more in depth.

Post Questionnaire

This questionnaire sucked I won't lie. It took over 45 minutes and felt like I was getting grilled about every doctor visit in the past decade. They require a lot of information. If you decide to get life insurance I would encourage you to be prepared. To prepare make sure you have all your prescriptions, doctors contact info and past issues ready. Once the interrogation (I mean questionnaire) was over they gave me adjusted rates and setup my appointment. The "physical" is no additional cost to you and is scheduled by an outside team.

Follow Up

The following day I got a call from the lab tech who said I could go into their office or have them visit my house. All that was required was a blood test, urine sample, height/weight, and blood pressure. I got the appointment scheduled for a week later and tried to live really clean the few days beforehand to ensure the results were optimal. This included no alcohol, low salt, low caffeine and plenty of fluids. On the eve of the exam I had to fast 12 hours and only drink water as needed. Fasting with a house full of food sucks!

The following morning I woke up an hour before the appointment, didn't have any coffee or breakfast and tried to keep anxiety down. I'm one of those guys that hates doctors/medical visits so it wasn't a fun morning. Once he arrived it was a painless process (unless you don't like getting your blood drawn) that lasted 25 minutes. As mentioned, I had to provide a urine sample, draw blood, measure my blood pressure, answer a few questions, and sign all the paperwork from my previous questionnaire. It was ironic when he was asking about my lifestyle that he was staring at the liquor cabinet (whoops). Two days later I received the comprehensive medical breakdown. Everything checked out good. The policy then went into underwriting for someone to review.

Finalizing the Life Insurance Policy

After waiting an obnoxious amount of time (3 weeks) I got approved for life insurance. As my rates changed with past medical issues I reduced the coverage from $1,000,000 to $600,000 to align with my budget. I opted to pay the deductible in full annually. This lowered the cost instead of paying monthly or quarterly. If possible pay by annual amount to save $50-$100 per year. The entire process took 6 weeks from start to finish but doesn't require much on your end. If you have someone in your life you want protected in case of an emergency buy life insurance. Its relatively low costs and protects the ones you love most.

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ATM fees

"Take a bit of extra time to withdraw money from your bank's ATM and save on the cost to withdraw your own cash or if your bank has a mobile app, use it to find an in-network ATM near you."

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Lottery tickets

"According to the Powerball, the odds hitting the jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338.00, and CNN cites that Americans spent $70.15 billion in 2014. Let's save our hard-earned money."

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Coffee

"A daily cup of joe adds up if you purchase it at places like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. Save by brewing at home."

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Credit card interest

"Maintaining a balance on your card usually you to pay interest each month. Try to pay off your credit card balance in full each month or send more than the minimum payment. As always, use your credit cards responsibly."

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Kids meals when dining out

"When you do dine out and if you have kids with you, be sure to take advantage of 'kids eat free' specials. Most restaurants have specific days of the week when they offer free kids meals."

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Gas station food and snacks

"Although it may be convenient, prices are always marked up when compared to other stores. So take the time to shop for food in advance at your grocery store and pack emergency snacks in your car."

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Pumping premium gas

"Some vehicles may not require premium gas, which is the most costly of the gasoline grades. Stop trying to be fancy, check the owner's manual, and save."

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Banking fees

"Don't pay to manage your money at a bank. Find banks that offer free banking or bank online for free like CapitalOne 360. Earn $25 when you open a free checking or high-yield savings account."

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Change-counting machines

"Many of us like to keep our loose change in a jar and let it collect over time. Once it's full, don't pay machines to count it for you, go to your bank to deposit your savings or have it exchange for cash."

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Wasting gas due to low tire pressure

"You may not know this, but having low tire pressure affects your mileage significantly. Save gas and money by improving your gas mileage by simply checking your tire pressure and maintaining it at the proper level."

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Single car washing

"Many car wash places offer a flat monthly rate for unlimited washes, so check with your local car wash to find out if they offer a monthly rate and cash in on a clean car. Or, you can get a discount when you pump your gas."

Credit: My Debt Epiphany

Bottled water

"Unless you live in an area where potable water isn't safe, don't waste your money on bottled water. Often times, it's simply bottled tap water. Buy a reusable water bottle or invest in a quality water filter, and save (plus you'll reduce plastic waste)."

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Cigarettes

"It's a tough addiction to beat, but it is a very expensive to purchase cigarettes daily. Aside from causing deadly health effects, according to Time, smoking can cost you $1 to $2 million in a lifetime. Make an effort to better your health and wallet."

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Gift bags and wrapping

"Reuse bags from previous occasions if they are still in good condition. We started doing this last year and no longer have to run out and by $3+ gift bags when we go to events or parties."

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Plastic bags fees

"For those living in an area where stores charge for plastic bags (*cough cough Chicago*), bring your own reusable one. Those cents add up!"

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Utility bill payment fees

"Skip the line at the currency exchange or grocery store and pay online using checking account or debit card. Some companies charge to use a debit card, so schedule e-check payment, which is typically free."

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Travel size toiletries

"For the frequent traveler, you should buy empty travel containers and refill with shampoo, lotion, etc. as needed."

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Paper

"Unless you're a student, you probably don't really need to buy a lot of paper – reuse already printed pages and use both sides."

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Magazine and newspaper subscriptions

"Save money and paper by keeping up with free online news services."

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Paying for premium streaming music services

"In the digital age of music, don't pay for premium services. Streaming companies like SoundCloud and Spotify allow you to listen to music for free."

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Buying books

"If you'd like to truly own a book, then save on the paper and extra cost by purchasing the digital version, or go to your local library and check them out for free."

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Library late fees

"Remember to return all materials on time. It'll save you money and allow for other library patrons to enjoy the material in a timely manner. If you do have library fees, wait for a month when they accept canned goods as a payment method (usually around the holidays)." 

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Brand new video games

"Skip the early release and commotion of having the latest video game. Save major bucks by purchasing a used version of the game online or at stores like Game Stop."

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In-app purchases

"Gaming apps are meant to entertain, and while most of them are free, don't fall for the "purchase bonus lives" trap. In-game purchases add up."

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Greeting cards

"Take some time to make your own personal cards or send an eCard and skip on the expense."

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New phone chargers

"If you forget your charger and your phone needs to be charged, some time you'll be inclined to purchase a new one, but it can be costly or even poor quality. Always keep your charger handy, look for a charging station where you're at, or simply ask to borrow one."

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Expiration dates

"Sometimes, expiration dates may not reflect the true shelf life of a product. Don't waste food (and money) by throwing out a product which may still be fine to consume. Check out Eat By Date and see for yourself the true shelf life of your groceries."

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Stuff on your birthday

"When you're heading out and can't or don't want to drive, consider calling Uber or Lyft instead of calling a cab so you can save money on the ride. You can use my linkto get $20 off your first Uber ride."

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Batteries

"Save on disposable batteries and purchase rechargeable ones. They can last up to two to three years."

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Pens

"Many offices, banks, insurance companies, etc, give them away for free. Save them and skip on the purchase."

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Insurance

"Be sure to get the best rate for your individual needs, whether it is car, health, home or life insurance."

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Garbage bags

"If your area doesn't charge for using plastic bags, reuse the ones you get from shopping as garbage bags. I do this all the time."

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More house than you need

"While some families "grow into" their homes, sometimes less is more. Save on mortgage and the possibility of purchasing more for a larger home. Downsize and save."

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Club/bar full cover charges

"While having a spontaneous night out is fun, if you RSVP when possible, arrive early, or take advantage of online ticket sales, you can skip out on paying in full at your favorite nightlife places."

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Leaky faucets

"If you pay for water utility bill, according to the EPA, fixing leaky faucets saves you 10% on your bill. By ignoring it, you not only lose money every day it goes unfixed, but you also waste clean water, at a rate of 10,000 gallons per year."

Credit: My Debt Epiphany

Fast food restaurants

"Improve your health and wallet by not eating fast food often. It may be cheap, but it adds up, especially if you eat out a few times per week. Instead, spend the money and the time to grocery shop and prepare meals."

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Cool drafts

"Save on heating and electric bills by fixing drafts and keep the warmth and cool in your home during the winter and summer."

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Unnecessary data phone plans

"Unless you need unlimited data for work, you should not spend much on your cell phone bill. I save a ton of money on my cell phone bill by using Republic Wireless."

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Pet food

"You may not be able to cut out this expense completely if you have pets, but you can score free cans of pet food with coupons occasionally so you won't have to spend as much."

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Buying lunch

"Sometimes you're running late for work and don't have time to pack a lunch. Buying lunch often costs much more than preparing and bring a meal to work. Spend some time planning, purchasing and preparing meals ahead of time so they're ready to go, even when you're in a hurry."

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Leaving electronics plugged in

"Even though you may not use them often, electronics that are plugged in still consume energy. Unplug appliances you don't you often and keep other electronics on a power strip, turning them off when not in use."

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Prepared grocery store meals

"When you do go grocery shopping, sometimes the already-prepped sub or diced fruits and veggies tempt you to buy them and save time, but you'll be paying top dollar for those products. Plan a list ahead of time and buy the individual food items, then spend the time prepping them yourself in order to save.

If you have trouble making grocery lists and figuring out what you're going to eat each day, I'd highly recommend trying out the $5 Meal Plan so you can receive healthy meal plans and recipes to your inbox."

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Vending machine snacks

"Not only are these snacks typically unhealthy (there goes your healthy habit), they are typically much more expensive than their grocery store counterparts. If you find yourself buying vending machine snacks, try to save the money instead and see how much you have leftover at the end of the month. You can probably invest it."

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Transportation

"When you're heading out and can't or don't want to drive, consider calling Uber or Lyft instead of calling a cab so you can save money on the ride. You can use my link to get $20 off your first Uber ride."

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Brand name items

"Save money by skipping on the brand names, like medicine, toiletries, and certain foods. Remember that healthier options with fewer additives may cost more and in that case they may be worth it. Otherwise, generic is the way to go."

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Buying smaller/single packs

"Save money by skipping on the brand names, like medicine, toiletries, and certain foods. Remember that healthier options with fewer additives may cost more and in that case they may be worth it. Otherwise, generic is the way to go."

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Purchasing paper towels/paper napkins

"You are purchasing these to eventually throw them out. Save on the waste and save money by buying reusable, washable towels and napkins. Your wallet and the environment will thank you."

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Paying extra for night time movie showings

"Primetime showings are typically 2x higher than those during the day. Go to morning matinees or take advantage of weekly specials ($5 movie nights during the week)."

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Movie theater food

"Often times, movie theater food can cost more than the ticket to get in. Try to keep food purchases to a minimum when you can or eat a filling meal before you go see a movie."

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DVDs and On Demand

"Instead of spending money on purchasing the movie, subscribe to streaming services and find an alternative or go to your local library."

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