Insurance is super important and can be a topic that differs depending on where you live especially when it comes to the monthly cost. However, no matter where you live you should educate yourself on the different types of insurance offered as well as how it works as far as services included in a specific package and how much deductibles will cost depending on your area. For example, car insurance is legally required in more or less all of Canada and the US. The extent of this automobile coverage that you require depends heavily on where you live! In states such as California and New Jersey, you’ll find that you’ll be paying a higher monthly premium than in some of the more rural states for coverage under the same company. Other important types of insurance to note include home insurance, medical insurance and life insurance.
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When looking over your options for insurance coverage, it is important to make sure that you’re able to read the fine print (or consult someone who can) to ensure that you are getting the coverage you want and need. Many of these companies may have exclusions, exceptions or added costs that your wallet may not be able to support or that you wish not to have. In addition, it is also important to remember that extended warranties on products like cars or smartphones can be considered insurance as well. Make sure that you have a good grasp on how insurance actually works as it is all a numbers game. Lower risk = lower insurance premiums.
There are often things you can control, such as your driving habits and choice of vehicle for auto insurance. Making some changes can bring down your premiums significantly! However, there are some things you that cannot control. For instance, if you, unfortunately, have significant health problems, it may be harder and more expensive to have medical insurance or life insurance. In the end, it is the buyer who will have to make the ultimate decision when it comes to the insurance companies they choose, and it is not as easy as picking the best deal. At the end of the day, it is your life, your investments and your personal belongings that will weigh in heavily on a decision such as this. That is why I am having this discussion as my plan is to help guide you in making decisions that will impact your future and your finances.
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