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66 Ways to Save Money: Insurance

Auto Insurance

  1. You can save several hundred dollars a year by purchasing auto insurance from a licensed, low-price insurer. Call your state insurance department for a publication showing typical prices charged by different companies. Then call at least four of the lowest-priced, licensed insurers to learn what they would charge you for the same coverage.
  2. Talk to your agent or insurer about raising your deductibles on collision and comprehensive coverages to at least $500 or, if you have an old car, dropping these coverages altogether. Taking these steps can save you hundreds of dollars a year.
  3. Make certain that your new policy is in effect before dropping your old one.

Homeowner/Renter Insurance

  1. You can save several hundred dollars a year on homeowner insurance and up to $50 a year on renter insurance by purchasing insurance from a low-price, licensed insurer. Ask your state insurance department for a publication showing typical prices charged by different licensed companies. Then call at least four of the lowest priced insurers to learn what they would charge you. If such a publication is not available, it is even more important to call at least four insurers for price quotes.
  2. Make certain you purchase enough coverage to replace the house and its contents. "Replacement" on the house means rebuilding to its current condition.
  3. Make certain your new policy is in effect before dropping your old one.

Life Insurance

  1. If you want insurance protection only, and not a savings and investment product, buy a term life insurance policy.
  2. If you want to buy a whole life, universal life, or other cash value policy, plan to hold it for at least 15 years. Canceling these policies after only a few years can more than double your life insurance costs.
  3. Check your public library for information about the financial soundness of insurance companies and the prices they charge.

(Information provided by Consumer Literacy Consortium)

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