Insurance

Update on the Flooding in Iowa … And Some Tips on Protecting Yourself

Hundreds of people have emailed me asking questions about the current flooding situation in Iowa. Has my home been affected? How bad is it really? Well, I’ll let the front page of the Des Moines Register speak for itself. Where I’m at (luckily), there’s been only minor ill effect. We’ve had some minor flash flooding …

Categories: Housing, Insurance

Do I Need Long Term Disability Insurance?

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been carefully considering the above question. I’m twenty nine years old, in good health, with a wife and two young children at home. I don’t commute for work, either, vastly reducing my chance of a disabling accident. In other words, my chance for long-term disability is pretty small. How …

Categories: Health, Insurance

The Why and How of a Household Inventory

One personal finance project that a lot of people overlook is the household inventory. It’s one of those “once in a great while” tasks that’s easy to overlook and forget about, but it’s not very hard and it can pay huge dividends if you’re carrying homeowners’ or renters’ insurance and something goes wrong with your …

Categories: Housing, Insurance

Should I Go Without Health Insurance?

This week, The Simple Dollar attempts to address challenging questions in personal finance by looking at both sides of the story and figuring out some of the factors you need to look at to make a decision. Over the last few months, I’ve received many, many emails from people thinking about a career change, usually …

Categories: Careers, Health, Insurance

How To Handle It When Life Kicks You In The Teeth

Eventually, it happens to everyone. Something unexpected and disastrous happens, leaving us with a giant medical bill or some other enormous expense. Maybe you wake up one morning with more than a pint of blood having poured from your ear (it happened to me in college) or you have a heart attack on Thanksgiving morning …

Thirteen Ways To Reduce Financial “Bad Luck”

I have a close relative who is always complaining about how he’s broke because of various elements of bad luck. His car’s broken down, his water heater leaks, he got a speeding ticket – there’s always some reason why he can’t get ahead financially. The problem is that when times are good, he often spends …

7 Tips on How To Save Money on Car Insurance

My wife and I switched our auto insurance coverage recently and paid our full annual premium up front. It was a painful little payment, even though we had shopped around and such. This led us to both researching various methods with which one could save money on auto insurance. Here are seven useful and applicable …

Categories: Automobile, Insurance

Insights Into Life Insurance From An Actuary

One of my closest friends in the world completed a Ph.D. in mathematics recently and became an actuary for a very large life insurance company. I had lunch with him recently just to catch up on things and we spent about ten minutes talking about life insurance itself. He basically told me that if I …

Categories: Insurance, Life

Remembering The Flood of 1993 And What It Taught Me

I grew up on the muddy banks of the Mississippi River; it was literally within eyeshot of my parents’ land. My father was a small-scale commercial fisherman, so I spent a lot of time on the river in my youth – and I really understood its amazing grace and power. We lived on a hill …

Should I Switch to Liability Car Insurance?

Yesterday, I posted a nice story about an individual who saved a great deal of money by reading his auto insurance policy. I posted the story as an example of why you should read your policy in more detail, nothing more. However, my readers (as they often do) took the post into a completely different …

Categories: Automobile, Insurance

How The Simple Dollar Just Saved Someone $2,850 (And A Personal Finance Tip To Boot)

Last night, I was contacted on instant messenger by an individual who had an interesting question about his automobile: My entire engine is going to have to be replaced and the cost of it is more than the remaining monthly payments on my car. Should I try to sell off the car now or should …

Categories: Automobile, Insurance

Why I Keep Cash Under My Mattress

It’s true. After all the financial advice I give out on this site, I keep a decent amount of cash “under my mattress” (actually, it’s in another secure place in my home, but it’s effectively the same thing). At first, this seems to fly right in the face of everything I preach on this site. …

Categories: Insurance

Why Anything Other Than Term Insurance Is A Mistake

I recently had a heart-to-heart with my parents where I convinced them to cash in a whole life insurance policy that they bought for me when I was very young. They bought it for me when they were concerned that I wouldn’t live very long due to some poor health in my early childhood, but …

Categories: Insurance, Investing, Life