Try Bundling Your Policies for a Discount (255/365)

Most major insurance companies offer a wide range of insurance types, from life insurance and auto insurance to renters insurance and homeowners insurance. It’s good business, since most of the business units you need for one are going to also be used for the other insurance types. They save money because of the overlap.

Of course, when there’s a market that lots of different companies are competing in, there’s going to be price competition. Which company is going to offer the lowest prices?

What happens when you add these two things together? Bundling.

Insurance companies will regularly offer you better insurance rates if you buy multiple insurance policies from the same company. If you are new to insurance or have your policies spread among many companies, strongly consider bundling.

~dried and bundled~
Photo courtesy of Ute Hagen

So, how do you save money with bundling?

Your first step is to check out the bundling offers. If you already have insurance you’re happy with, start there with quotes on new policies. Don’t be afraid to ask for bundling discounts when you do this.

If you’re new to insurance or are unsure where you would want to bundle policies, start by examining the field. Identify some insurance houses with solid customer support (trust me – you don’t want an insurance company that ignores you when you need it), starting with Consumer Reports as your first research tool.

Don’t be afraid to get multiple quotes when you’re shopping around, and don’t be afraid to ask about bundled rates when you get those quotes. Get a quote from each insurance company that seems to fit and go with the one that offers you the best rates.

What if you already have all of your insurance with the same company? Make sure they’re actually giving you a bundled rate. Examine your bill carefully and make sure there is a discount for having multiple types of policies. If you’re getting separate bills, you’re probably not getting reduced rates.

If that’s the case, call your insurance company and ask about bundling. If they won’t do it, then they’re pretty much asking you to shop around.

The goal, as always, is to get great insurance that keeps as much money as possible in your pocket.

This post is part of a yearlong series called “365 Ways to Live Cheap (Revisited),” in which I’m revisiting the entries from my book “365 Ways to Live Cheap,” which is available at Amazon and at bookstores everywhere.

Trent Hamm

Founder of The Simple Dollar

Trent Hamm founded The Simple Dollar in 2006 after developing innovative financial strategies to get out of debt. Since then, he’s written three books (published by Simon & Schuster and Financial Times Press), contributed to Business Insider, US News & World Report, Yahoo Finance, and Lifehacker, and been featured in The New York Times, TIME, Forbes, The Guardian, and elsewhere.