At work one day, a coworker mentioned that he didn’t see the point in having life insurance. He was single, so why bother?
My first inclination was to argue the point, but I held back. Not only because debating with him was tiresome, but I started to wonder if what he said was true? Do you need life insurance if you are single?
The conclusion my cautious-self came to was, maybe. There are a lot of reasons to have some degree of life insurance, and at least one scenario where there is a reason to not have insurance.
Reasons you need life insurance, even if you are single
Pay for funeral expenses
Funerals and their related expenses end up costing people between $7,000 and $10,000 on average. Keep in mind that funerals are more than just a casket. There are expenses such as rent for the location the service is held, plot fees, transportation, memorial expenses, headstone, embalming, flowers, and possibly even food.
If you don’t have enough money saved to cover funeral expenses, then you will want some life insurance to cover these bills. Your death shouldn’t cause your loved ones to go into debt.Your death shouldn’t cause your loved ones to go into debt.Click To Tweet
You have co-signed debt
If you have debt where someone else co-signed the loan, they would likely be on the hook for your debt if you died. Examples of this might be your student loans, a joint credit card holder, or if someone co-signed your mortgage. You likely don’t want your parents to give up their retirement because they end up being on the hook for your student loans.
At the least, get a term policy that will cover you until your debts are paid. The last thing you want is to leave your loved ones grieving while also being hounded by debt collectors.
Others depend on you
Do I need to say it? Children are expensive. If you have a child, whether you are the primary caretaker or not, losing money for child support is a hefty blow. If there is insurance to help cover child support costs, it makes raising the child that much easier for the surviving caretaker.
Children aren’t the only dependents you may have. If you have parents or siblings that require special care and depend on you for providing it, you will want to ensure their care continues if you were to die.
You are young and healthy
Are you young and healthy? If so, life insurance is likely incredibly inexpensive for you right now. Unless you are struggling to pay debts and create an emergency fund, I would still recommend getting something like a level term life insurance policy.
Down the road, you may get married, have children, or get sick and life insurance will be more expensive or near impossible to get. You can add supplemental coverage later, but even a small policy will be something that your loved ones will have to fall back on in the future.
Reasons you don’t need life insurance
The only reason I can think of to not need some amount of life insurance when you are single is if you have no joint or co-signed debt, no dependents, and enough money saved to cover funeral expenses.
If that is the case, and you are willing to bet that if you want insurance in the future, you’ll be able to get it, then you likely do not need life insurance.
You may also want to delay getting life insurance until you have an emergency fund established and are living on your own.
Paying for life insurance while you are broke and living in your parents’ basement shouldn’t be your primary money goal if that is your situation. Get up and out on your own and get your finances under control before looking into life insurance.
The bottom line is, if you have loved ones that would be affected financially if you died, you should have life insurance.
Have you decided to not get life insurance? Why?