Resolving to make improvements to your health and habits in 2013 can do more than just improve your longevity, your quality of life, your appearance, and your attitude; it can also work to put more money in your pocket! How? Well, in addition to all the cash you'll save by foregoing that daily double mocha with whipped cream, you can also reap the benefits of having decreased insurance rates. That's because many insurance providers will give you a break if you make changes for the better. For example:
If you resolve to improve your credit, you may eventually see decreased home and auto insurance premiums. This is because, in some states, home and car insurance providers look at your credit report and score before determining just what your monthly premium will be. So, by keeping credit card balances under 30 percent of the credit limit, paying bills on time, or, better yet, paying them off, you can improve your credit rating and possibly get a lower rate on your insurance. To request a free copy of your credit report and check it for any factual errors (which are not unheard of), visit annualcreditreport.com.
Quit smoking and see your life insurance premium go down. Quitting smoking cannot only add years to your life; it can also drastically reduce the amount of money you spend on term and permanent life insurance, along with disability and long-term care insurance. Though the majority of life insurance companies require you to have been cigarette-free for at least a year before endowing you with "nonsmoker" status, some offer quit smoking incentive programs that enable you to save money sooner.
Shed excess pounds to save on life insurance. As is the case with being a smoker, being overweight can add digits not only to the numbers you see on your scale, but also to your life insurance premium. It's possible to save as much as fifteen percent on your life insurance costs if you get yourself into shape; this can be true whether you are applying for a new policy or are already insured. Some life insurance providers will reconsider your policy rates if you prove you participate in a health diet and exercise program. Talk to your insurance agent for details.
Decrease your home insurance costs by increasing your home's safety. Some homeowners' insurance providers offer safety and security discounts. Call or contact Wilson, Timmons & Wallerstein Insurance, Inc. to see if this is a possibility for you. This could be the easiest New Year's resolution of all: simply vow to install deadbolts on your doors and better locks on your windows. In some cases, this is enough to see a decrease in your premium. To take things a bit further, you can also install a home security system, or upgrade to a fire-safe roof.
Bike to work and save on auto insurance. Getting out of the car and onto a bicycle can do wonders for your heart health, your physique, and for the environment. Moreover, it can also decrease the cost of your auto insurance premium. You already know that the less you drive, the less you pay. This is even better now with the pay-as-you-drive plans that some auto insurance providers are offering. They install a special device on your vehicle that records how much you drive, as well as how good of a driver you are (Braking too hard? That's a no-no.) In order to determine the fairest possible premium.
So, if you make a change, you might save some change-and it may be more than mere pocket change. Happy New Year! Here's to sticking to those resolutions!
Contact Wilson, Timmons & Wallerstein Insurance, Inc. to discuss these and more ways you can save in the New Year.