Investing in the right life insurance policy can provide ease of mind and protection to your family in the event of your death. While it’s important to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of, life insurance can also be expensive if you purchase at the wrong time.

How do you know when it’s the best time to buy life insurance? There are multiple different situations, and each person is different, but there are some essential situations when it’s appropriate to start seriously considering factoring life insurance into your budget.

  • Considering having children? Even if you just had a child or you are in the planning process, purchasing life insurance is a very good idea. Even if you are new to starting a family, you can still rely on this coverage to make up for the lost income in the event of your loved one passing away.
  • You are already an established family and have children who depend on you for financial support. Even if you don’t have a spouse, life insurance coverage can take care of your children’s needs in the event of your passing.
  • If you don’t have children you may still need life insurance and your spouse depends on you for income, life insurance is a safe bet. This is a conversation to have with your spouse and if your spouse would be fine on his or her own income then you may not need to make this investment.
  • If you are young and single you may not need life insurance to provide for a family member, but it’s a good time to start thinking about your future. Purchasing life insurance when you are young is traditionally less expensive.
  • Do you have debts and valuable assets? If you are still working on paying off a mortgage, student loans, or if you have assets that you want to pass on to your loved ones then you may need life insurance. Without life insurance, your assets will be sold to cover your debts. If you invest in a life insurance policy then you can count on these assets being passed to your loved ones.

Life insurance is also a lot cheaper than you may think—especially if you have people who depend on you financially. Take the time to receive a quote so you can understand how coverage works and learn about a life insurance policy that fits your unique lifestyle.