The FI Mastery Podcast

How to Calculate Your Life Insurance Need

August 24, 2023 Peter Donisanu
The FI Mastery Podcast
How to Calculate Your Life Insurance Need
Show Notes

If you have people who depend on you, then you need life insurance. That’s all you need to know, right?

Well, if it were only that simple. 

That’s because knowing that you need insurance is a first step, then comes the work of figuring out how much you need to cover estate expenses, debts, living expenses, college savings, and future financial goals.

To be sure, buying life insurance can be one of the most reassuring and, at the same time, the most stressful decisions you can make. On the one hand, you’re paying to transfer financial risk from yourself to a third party so that, should you pass unexpectedly, your family will be taken care of financially.

And on the other hand, purchasing financial protection for your life is stressful because how do you know if you’ve got too much or not enough? I mean, seriously, how do you put a price tag on your life and quantify your worth?

Well, the truth is that quantifying the value of your life is more than just looking at a number. It’s about putting a price on your ability to provide for your loved ones. You know, money will never do that for you, but it can help ease the uncertainties along the way.

And so, when it comes to figuring out how much life insurance you should buy, there are a few approaches you can take to determine an ideal amount of coverage for your family to not only take care of their immediate need but also meet their needs for the rest of their lives.

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