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John F. O'Hara
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Life Insurance Strengthens Your Financial Safety Net

October 22, 2014 1:32 am

(Family Features) Protecting your financial security is about more than having money in the bank now and in the near future. It’s also about long-term financial protection for your family. However, a significant share of Americans is putting their financial security at risk.

It’s estimated that one in three U.S. households have no life insurance at all, and for those that do, they only own, on average, enough to replace their household income for three and a half years, according to LIMRA, a leading life insurance research organization. What happens to your loved ones after that?

“Life insurance can help replace your salary, pay off a mortgage, cover childcare expenses or protect college dreams if you pass away prematurely,” says Cynthia Tidwell, president and CEO of Royal Neighbors of America. “Families need to be protected from the unexpected.”

Royal Neighbors debunks misconceptions about life insurance by suggesting several options to meet needs in various situations. One economical option to consider is term insurance for families. Term insurance provides coverage at a fixed premium amount for a specific time period. Think of it as “renting” life insurance for a set number of years. It is an affordable choice to protect income and meet family expenses such as paying the mortgage or other debts.

Another option is to consider life insurance as a necessity for expenses beyond a funeral. LIMRA’s 2011 “Trillion Dollar Baby” report recommends that while typical families average enough coverage for three years, adequate life insurance protection starts at twice that, from seven to 10 years.

A third option is to purchase life insurance for yourself or your children as early as possible, because the cost is generally cheaper the younger and healthier you are, Tidwell explains. She recommends purchasing permanent coverage (whole life insurance) because policies will build cash value.

Alternatively, families might look for economical term policies that can be converted to more permanent insurance no matter what happens to your health. Experts suggest buying term and investing the rest; however, most people who buy term don’t invest the rest.

Source: Royal Neighbors

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Prevent High Winter Utility Bills with Door and Window Maintenance

October 22, 2014 1:32 am

(BPT) - How much do you spend on utilities? Are you looking for ways to save? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a typical American household spends about $2,100 on energy bills each year. Most of that expense comes from a home's energy use during the winter heating season. A quick home checkup can help you can reduce these costs, prepare for winter and enjoy energy savings.

Properly installed and maintained windows and doors can help keep your home more comfortable year-round. Save on heating costs by preparing your windows and doors for winter with these tips:
  • Clear sills and moving parts of dirt and debris. Debris like sand, dirt or leaves can get caught in windowsills and moving parts of windows or doors. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to create a tighter seal and enhance window and door performance.
  • Check weather stripping. Re-attach or replace missing or worn weather stripping around windows and doors. Loose weather stripping can let cold air in during the winter and out in the summer, reducing energy efficiency.
  • Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Reseal areas around windows and doors that may have been exposed to heavy weather or extreme sunlight - creating breaks in caulk or sealant - to help reduce potential drafts and leaks.
  • Installing snap-in blinds or shades. Install snap-in blinds or shades to help insulate your home from cold outdoor temperatures.
  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Cracked or deteriorated wood associated with water penetration may allow moisture or cold air to leak into your home. Look closely for signs of moisture leakage and replace damaged wood. Consult a professional to help correct any roof or drainage problems around your home.
  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of protection and help reduce air and moisture leakage.
  • Replace old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have single-pane glass, clear glass, or older windows or doors, you may be paying more to heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer. Replace old windows with energy-efficient, double or triple-pane glass versions made with insulating argon, or install new durable fiberglass doors to help save money and energy year-round.

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