When you reach your 30s, life is in full swing. If you’re like me, you’ve been in your home for a couple years, you have new kids on the way, and you’ve enjoyed a few pay raises at your job. You start being more financially conscious about your family need, and term life insurance becomes more of a priority.
If you read the previous posts talking about buy life insurance in your 20s, you’ll see how the thought process can change. When I bought my first term life insurance policy at the age of 26, I thought $250,000 was more than enough. Since at the time it was only my wife and I, it definitely was a good amount, but reflecting back I probably should have bought more.
In my 30s, I welcomed the arrival of not only our first son but our second and third as well. After our first son arrived, it was only matter of weeks before I realized that I needed more life insurance. The thought of something happening to me and my wife having to not only run the household but also take care of our little son, I knew that I needed more. I immediately then got a quote for a $500,000 30-year term policy that brought my grand total up to $750,000.
30 Year-Olds and Life Insurance Amounts – How do You Compare?
How does this compare to you and your situation? First a couple things about where we live. We live in the Midwest, so the cost of living is relatively cheap. Our first home was a modest home, and our mortgage was only $109,000. For those of you who live in larger metropolitan areas, I realize it almost sounds like a joke. We had very little debt, so the house was our only major liability. At the time, $750,000 of life insurance coverage was more than ten times my income, so I felt we definitely had enough.
Still, this feeling of security lasted up until we had our second son. We also were in the process of building a new home and having that gut feeling again, I decided I needed more insurance coverage for my family. That’s when I decided to buy an additional term life policy totaling $1.5 million. I kept the other two in force so the total coverage was $2.25 million. Many of you may think that this is excessive and it definitely could be, but as a 30-year-old male who wanted to make sure that his family was more than taken care of if anything happened to him, I felt it was necessity.
In total, my premiums for all three 30-year term life policies was roughly $2400.
Please note, after a few years I ended up refinancing my life insurance policies and reducing how much I paid.
Rules of thumb of buying life insurance in your 30’s
There are many different ways you can go about calculating how much life insurance you need. The first general rule of thumb that many people use is to take 10 times your annual income. So, if you’re making $60,000 a year, times that by ten and you should have at least a $600,000 term life policy. One point I would like to emphasize in that calculation is that I think that is the bare minimum, so anything less than that and you’re under covered, but in reality you should have more. While you’re in your 30s, most likely you will be working at least another 30 years, so making sure you’re covered should be a priority.
Here are a few example quotes of what a 30 year term policy would cost.
|30 Year $250,000 Term Policy||30 Year Old||40 Year Old||50 Year Old|
If you are looking for a no exam life insurance policy, here are a few quotes for a 30 year non-medical term policy.
|$250,000 30 Year Term Policy||30 Year Old||40 Year Old||50 Year Old|
Other methods of calculating how much you need
I use a ten times my income calculation as a guideline in my interest calculation, but being a numbers guy I decided to use a slightly different calculation. I figured that if my wife invested the life insurance proceeds money she should be able to average at least 5% interest off her investments. I then also figured that she would need roughly $100,000 a year to take care of the house and her three boys to help out with raising them and helping them all go to college. To get her $100,000 a year if she divided that by 5%, that equals that we would need $2 million invested, and that is how I came up with how much life insurance that we needed. It is not the only way to calculate how much life insurance you’ll need, but it is something that you could use for your own calculations.
Getting term life insurance for a 30 year old should not be difficult, so don’t make it harder than it needs to be, but if you’re in your 30s and have a young family and you don’t have any life insurance yet, stop procrastinating. Get a free quote today and see how inexpensive it is to make sure that your family is taken care of.