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Life Insurance Calculator for Stay At Home Moms (SAHMs)

How do you measure the value of, or place a dollar amount on, the contributions of a Stay-At-Home Mom (SAHM) to her family? SAHMs work for "free". For parents in the workforce, the process is pretty straightforward. Most insurance experts recommend, in general, you multiply your annual salary by 10. What if you don't earn a salary?

First off, let's acknowledge the necessity of life insurance for Stay at Home Moms. Even though you're not paid for the tireless work you do, your value is immense. You can never be replaced. However, if something were to happen to you, the financial impact to your family could be devastating. In fact, in their most recent report (2014), salary.com concluded that a Stay-At-Home Mom works, on average, 94 hours per week and has the earning potential of $118,905.

Fortunately, calculators exist to help you decide on a dollar amount for a life insurance policy. Life Happens, a nonprofit life insurance awareness company, provides a free calculator. It's easy to use and works even if you aren't a wage-earner in your family. You can find the calculator here. Remember these tips for filling it out:

1. Don't use commas when filling in dollar amounts. 

2. You will be able to fill in your spouse's (or partner's) income. 

3. There is also a space for total family income, in case there are additional sources of income. 

4. Some questions are specific, such as your tax bracket. It's okay to leave it at the assumed value if you are not sure. 

5. Remember, the calculator exists to provide you a general idea of how much insurance you should get. Ultimately, you should decide an amount you feel comfortable with. 

Finally, it's important to know that life insurance premiums (monthly or annual cost) are cheaper than you think. 

Many people believe coverage is more expensive than it is. On average, consumers estimate the cost of life insurance twice as high as the actual price. (source: LIMRA 2015) 

For about a dollar a day, a healthy 30 year old mom, can receive $500,000 in coverage. That's a fraction of the cost of a daily latte! 

To get started on an application, or to learn more about our process, click here

4 Super Responsible Things SAHMs Should Do

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SAHMs (Stay At Home Moms) - Anyone else feel like life is moving so quickly that it's hard to catch your breath? School, sports, playdates, errands, appointments, chores, and the like seem to fill each moment of our calendar. Sigh. 

The busyness of these days are of consequence. Lives are made from them. We should do our best to treasure our overfilled calendar because it means we have loved ones that rely on us. 

Still, while we are running from one thing to another, we have the nagging sensation that our "important" to-do list remains unfinished. You know what I'm talking about - the boring or confusing items that should be taken care of, but you don't even know where to start. 

In all your spare time (wink, wink), put these on your calendar. You will be grateful and a weight will be lifted from your shoulders. My suggestion is to tackle one per month. 

1. Will - name guardians so your children always stay in good hands. (excellent resource: Willing)

2. Money - create and use a budget. (we recommend: Mint or YNAB)

3. Organize - keep a basic system to keep it all straight. (try: Evernote or if you are not tech-savvy: Franklin Planner)

4. Insurance - protect your family no matter what life brings. (start here: Insurance Happens - that's us. Also visit Life Happens, a non-profit organization)

You got this. One thing at a time. 

P.S. - Shout out to GYST (Get Your S#%$ Together) for their excellent ideas and resources. Their organization helps others avoid the hardships they personally faced through planning and organization. 

 

 

SAHM - How Much Life Insurance Does a Stay At Home Mom Need?

Mother [muhth-er] - noun

  1. One person who does the work of twenty. For free.

      (see also: 'saint')

Can you place a dollar amount on motherhood? Absolutely not. You are priceless. 

Should you take steps to protect yourself financially with life insurance, even if you are a stay-at-home mom? Absolutely. 

Still, each year salary.com calculates a stay-at-home mom's "worth". In their most recent release (2014), it was estimated that an average mom works 96.5 hours weekly and has the earning potential of $118,905 annually.

Wow.

Insurance Happens recommends, in general, a person have at least 10 times the amount of their annual salary in life insurance. SAHM moms - in your case, according to salary.com, a term policy of approximately $1,000,000 to $1,250,000 makes sense.

Most importantly, you should decide on an amount you feel comfortable with. Courtesy of Life Happens, a nonprofit life insurance resource, we provide a useful calculator to assist you in determining an appropriate amount of insurance.

While the dollar amount tied to what you do everyday, 24/7, is impressive, I want to acknowledge that what you do is so much more than that. You represent love to your family. Love is priceless. 

You can never be replaced. Yet, protecting yourself financially is the right thing to do.