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Save Money on Life Insurance by Paying Annually

Written by Nickel - 4 Comments

Here’s a quick tip for saving money on your life insurance policy… Pay the premiums annually if at all possible. Most insurers give you the option of paying monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. But guess what? Paying more often than once per year typically costs more. While insurers typically don’t disclose the effective annual rate of this additional payment, which is essentially interest, you can figure it out yourself using this calculator.

Take, for example, a $360 term life insurance policy. Let’s assume for the moment that the monthly payment option requires twelve payments of $32. That’s just two bucks extra per month… Totally worth it for the added flexibility, right? Well, if you do the math, that two bucks works out to an APR of 14.3%! That’s a pretty steep price to pay in order to avoid paying your premium up front.

As it turns out, it’s just this sort of billing practice that got Zurich Direct into hot water last summer. As a result, we ended up receiving a whopping $2.52 from the settlement even though we always paid for our policies annually.

Published on May 31st, 2007 - 4 Comments
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Comments (scroll down to add your own):

  1. You are absolutely correct! I have seen the discount factor for annual premiums as high as 8% over monthly payments.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 31st 2007 @ 1:06 pm
  2. A lot of insurance companies have done that practice. I remember paying my car insurance up front because I saved $5 per month on a $70 payment. That’s a nice savings as far as I’m concerned.

    Is this illegal now, or is it something that has to be pointed out clearly by the company?

    Comment by Anonymous — May 31st 2007 @ 7:46 pm
  3. Somebody has to explain the math to this dumb ol’ CFP, but how does an extra $24/year work out to 14.3% on $360? I pulled out the HP 12C and I figure the 2 bucks a month isn’t really a bad deal at all!

    Comment by Anonymous — Jun 1st 2007 @ 11:02 pm
  4. Hey dumb ol’ CFP…It works like this: IF the annual premium is $360, but you decide to pay monthly (at $32) all companies would require the first month in advance, this means that you are “financing” the other $328 over 11 months. His APR of 14.3% is right on the money. (not a good deal) I’m a believer in life ins to protect my family, not a believer in paying rates comparable to a credit card to break it down monthly.

    Comment by Anonymous — Jun 7th 2007 @ 4:25 pm

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