The What If’s in Life with Life Insurance- Staring out the Canadian Glass Window

What if I lose my job, What if I get injured, What if I die,What if this What if that.. blimey, are you tearing your hair out? Are you thinking about life insurance yet?

Sometimes preparing for the future seems like it’s silly but perhaps it’s just a way to put off the inevitable. Some people I know didn’t think they needed life insurance or thought it was only something senior folks think about.

Scenario:  Older Couple who never purchased Life Insurance

  • Little Savings
  • Age 50’s with children/grandchildren
  • Mortgage until they are in their 70’s
  • Little Investments
  • Health Status- bad Heart Condition, Diabetes


What we do know for sure is: We WILL all DIE!

Face it mates, it’s going to happen whether you like it or not. ** Note: if you are reading this and have some sort of secret potion to prolong this send me a quick email so we can meet up**

If you plan to remain single and childless for the rest of your life and have money put aside for your funeral costs then you can sweep the insurance idea under the mat.

Do you really need to pay for Life Insurance when there is no one to leave it to?

Tip:You can always leave to me! Unless you want to leave money to someone in the family or a charity of your choice Life Insurance may be an option for you.

If you plan to purchase Life Insurance (which I do suggest, and no I’m far from a Life Insurance agent,(unless agents carry big tools in their briefcase), you may want to answer the following questions

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Why do we need Life Insurance? 

  • To pay off the mortgage if one of us is gone
  • To help offset lost wages
  • To pay for all the funeral costs
  • Our children
  • To pay off the rest of the mortgage
  • Peace of mind

I’m sure there are other questions that will roll around in your head but it’s essential to put them all down on paper. Understand why you are doing this is imperative. Once you know why then you can calculate how much insurance coverage you might need.

Don’t think you automatically need 1 million dollars each. You will pay for this in high premiums and it’s not worth it in the long run if it’s not necessary.

Most agents we chatted with suggested purchasing 5-10 times our pre-tax salary in Life Insurance, which is what we did.

Although your health is an important factor when determining how much,the cost and for how long. This is why buying early when you are healthy makes a world of difference.

Types of life insurance

 What kind of Life Insurance do you need?

Good Question and one that we asked over and over again. The answer simply is you need what is best for you. What’s going to make you sleep better at night? You need to be aware of all your options and please read all the fine print. I also suggest researching the products, shop around and chat to different insurance agents.

We have a 25 yr Term Life Insurance costing us $135.05 a month which is very high but given our age, we were smokers (we quit Jan 29,2012) and current health conditions it’s going to be that way for at least this year. We are hoping to bring the cost down after one year being smoke-free.

Update: We were able to lower our life insurance policy in half after one year being smoke-free.

You may have heard about Whole and Universal Life Insurance in the past.

Term Life Insurance is different from Whole or Universal Life Insurance which typically has investments with-in and cost much more. You should check all the options with an advisor so you are informed to choose what insurance is right for you.

When you are young and healthy and/or have a family Life Insurance can be one of the best investments you will make. It’s peace of mind at least for us even though we have no children.

We both want to know that in the event that something did happen that the other will be OK. That is worth the money to us.

If you are thinking about getting Life Insurance there is no right time you need to wait for, the time is likely now. I’ve only just purchased life insurance in Canada and had to understand all the facts.

If you wait until you’ve had a heart attack or find out you are suffering from a disease it may be too late. Your best option is to research and learn now!

Some of the points that I have heard since I’ve been in Canada are below however we chose to research them before we made our decisions.

  • I have mortgage life Insurance– If you’ve done your research you will know that it is cheaper to get term life insurance if you are healthy and young in most cases and it pays you the entire policy not just what’s left on your mortgage.
  • I don’t need it– I think I covered it above about single folks but unless you are filthy rich and don’t feel you need it, then you need it! Full stop!
  • I have it through my work– Yes but have you read the fine print, do you understand the policy. Probably not or not enough. Look into this first before making a final decision.
  • It costs too much we have no money in the budget– If you think it is costly now wait until something happens mate you will be cursing yourself that you even thought that. The costs of death can far surpass the cost of life insurance over the long-term if something were to happen. Make the decision now for your future!

Scenario potential result:

So now we have a couple where one has had a heart attack and the other has diabetes and have had no luck getting Life Insurance.

If one of them should pass he/she h will have to sell the house to pay for funeral costs and living expenses as they cannot afford it. Don’t let this happen to you. Take control of your life and your future!

So, “What If” they prepared for this scenario in the past, yes you are correct they would be soaring through the future.

Not everyone likes to think about death and the future but I urge you have butchers at it. Living your life behind glass windows will only allow you to see life’s reflections from the inside out rather than all around us. You may be happy one day you did!

Get out and live life to the fullest.


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  1. Good review of our insurance options in Canada. I’ve always made sure that we have good life insurance coverage as well as home and auto insurance. You just can’t live a day without it. I’m the type that always makes sure we have plenty of travel insurances as well, because the one time you don’t have it is when you will need it.

    1. Thanks for your comment. You said exactly what every person who has something happen to them without coverage but needs it says… “the one time you don’t have it is when you will need it”. Mr.CBB

  2. Hmm… I fall under the unmarried, no kids, early forties, no mortgage, no real debt, fully invested for retirement and well off parents category. Do I still need life insurance?

    Maybe incase I am injured and can’t work, but I think a combination of government medical and my union insurance would cover me.

    1. Thanks for the run down…there’s disability insurance, critical illness insurance, maybe one of those would be better. I don’t think life insurance will do anything for you if you are injured. You sound like you are in a pretty good place mate. Good on you, as long as you are happy.

  3. Insurance is a necessity, but many people give no thought to it.

    IMHO, you insure for catastrophic events, things that would ruin you and your family, otherwise, you are wasting your money.

    Life insurance is a MUST for a young family. If the main breadwinner dies, then the spouse & kids are stranded with a mortgage, no income & life gets bad, real quick. No one would want that. The trick is to have enough insurance, so that they could carry on, without too much trouble. Estimating that, is tricky. The formulas you quoted are as probably as good as any. I sometimes hear from people, that they are both retired from public service, kids are gone, good pensions, no Mortgage. Basically have it made…and they have life insurance…why? If one died, the pension would continue & they do not need the cash. Just wasting your money while you could be using it.

    If you have whole life, with the intent of leaving a legacy, that is different, but term serves no purpose.

    The insurance from big box stores, etc. is a complete waste of $$$ Why insure a $50 printer, for $10. In the unlikely event that it breaks, buy another one. The $50 will not break you.

    Sorry about the length of this one, but insurance, has a pet peeve of mine!!!

    Going back to my corner…:)

    1. It’s important to review what you have at different stages in life. I agree why pay for it when you have no mortgage, retired and have a pension that is sufficient. You might as well save the money. Insurance is like religion it can turn into a heated debate quickly but we all need to learn that understanding and making our own decisions on what we want and believe is important. You are dismissed!! 🙂

  4. Great post!!

    Tomorrow isn’t promised so get life insurance today!!

    In addition to purchasing life insurance, you should also discuss the terms with the beneficiary. Next, have the policies properly stored so that your loved ones are able to find them. Lastly, life insurance is not to leave your descendants rich, it’s established to have financial order at your demise.

    Remember, as you get older your liabilities will decrease (if you manage your money properly) so you won’t need as much during your latter years.

    1. Excellent Comments which everyone should read. These are points I could have elaborated on in my post. “Life Insurance is not to make your descendant rich”- This is the truth.
      Thanks for sharing. Cheers Mr.CBB!

    1. I know at the end of the day we feel blessed to have the reassurance. We had a friend who lost her husband and they had a 2 yr old boy. The life insurance paid the mortgage, funeral and other costs for the spouse and child. If that’s not a good enough reason I don’t know what is. Thanks for your comment Zoe!

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