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Posted June 16, 2009
As someone who generally has more optimism than cash, I really hate shopping for insurance. Paying good money to guard against the potential for some unforeseen disaster just irritates me, which is why I tend to be a bit lazy in comparison shopping for the best coverage. Luckily, "Cheap Insurance for Your Home, Automobile, Health, & Life" offers several tips which make this unpleasant task much easier.
According to the authors, the most important aspect of saving money on your insurance costs is to understand how policies are written and what factors are used to determine your rates. Obviously, there's not much you can do about your gender, previous medical history, or whether or not your house happens to be located near the local fire station. However, knowing that installing sprinklers in your home can lower your homeowner's insurance or that changing where you park your car at night can save you a few bucks on your auto insurance premiums is definitely useful information.
While tech savvy individuals probably think the Internet is the best resource for comparing insurance policies, "Cheap Insurance for Your Home, Automobile, Health, & Life" points out that you might get a better deal by enlisting the services of an independent agent or taking the time to contact multiple agencies on your own. As for the process of choosing an insurance agent, they offer a handy checklist of factors to consider, so you'll feel confident your needs will be taken care of in the event you need to make a claim on your policy.
Overall, "Cheap Insurance for Your Home, Automobile, Health, & Life" is a very user-friendly guide to a slightly dry topic. The book is nicely organized, so you can quickly flip to the section you need or skip over the parts that don't apply to your life. Follow the tips carefully and you'll probably manage to shave a couple hundred bucks off your annual premiums, so it's well worth the price.
Posted May 8, 2009
Like too many twenty-somethings in our culture (and maybe even thirty-somethings and beyond), I've hardly given thought to insurance. Since I don't own a car or a house, am healthy and employed with basic health care, and not old enough to worry about term life, it didn't seem like any of it pertained to me. Boy, was I wrong.
After reading Carla and Lee Rowley's "Cheap Insurance for Your Home, Automobile, Health and Life," I learned how naïve I was. The authors offer a plethora of useful advice even someone like me needs to know, such as mitigating risk and why it's vital to be insured. This book is a great learning tool to prepare me for the next stage of my life, arming me with important information on home insurance options, automobile insurance requirements and policies, the types of health insurance available, and how to plan for managed care, among additional related and helpful topics. Best of all, the authors' advice on comparison shopping really hits the mark for our present economy.
After reading this book, I felt better informed and more able to make an educated choice on the various insurances I've learned I so badly need. This is a bible for anyone without previous experience in these areas and a resource for those who need a brush-up on specifics.
Posted July 21, 2008
Everyday people face serious risks such as automobile accidents, damage or complete destruction of their home, and even death from an illness or accident. Because of these risks, it is important to protect yourself from years of financial agony and devastation. Cheap Insurance For your Home, Automobile, Health & Life provides you with the insight to understand how insurance rates are calculated, the importance of homeowners and renters insurance, how to take advantage of premium reductions such as Multiple Line or Vehicle Safety, and when to make a switch to another insurance company to avoid cancellation fees. In this informative book you will discover how your driving record and credit score affect your automobile insurance, how to determine whether or not you are adequately covered, and how to obtain high risk insurance if you are considered uninsurable. Cheap Insurance For Your Home, Automobile, Health & Life details the types of health insurance available for individuals, families, self employed, government funded insurance, and extra insurance such as: accidental death or dismemberment or specific disease insurance. It also explores the difference between whole life insurance versus term life insurance, including information on policies that can build cash value such as universal life policies. Cheap Insurance for your Home, Automobile, Health and Life is very informative, offers you several ways to save on insurance premiums, and provides you with the confidence to ask the right questions to get the rates you deserve.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 30, 2008
Cheap Insurance, by Carla & Lee Rowley, is a terrific book! It has full,comprehensive explanations for a complicated subject matter,but it breaks information down so that it¿s easy to understand. The book gives scenarios and examples of insurance situations, gives tips and overviews, and teaches you about necessary and unnecessary coverage. The book is most helpful in providing a basis in which you can make informed comparisons, and understand your insurance company¿s obligations, and method of assessing your risk factors. Especially helpful is the books¿ state -by- state auto insurance comparisons, which outline the state¿s auto and personal liability coverage requirements. Also, the online links provided, give you the option of further comparison shopping, and a place to do further study. I found myself flipping back to take advantage of the insurance glossary, for an explanation of the terms & vocabulary. This is a great book to read before you sign on the dotted line of any insurance contract.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 6, 2008
This is a must read for every adult or college student. I¿m 28, and no one has ever explained to me about all the different insurance policies and how important having insurance is. The book was easy to read and I found it was also easy to understand. There are so many aspects concerning insurance that this book deals with. One point that I found very interesting was how most home policies do no cover a home business. I thought home insurance covers everything in your home, but it doesn¿t. After reading this I learned what discounts I can get, how to check to make sure that the coverage I¿m paying for will actually cover me in a real crisis, and how to shop for the right policy. We always think, it can¿t happen to me, unfortunately bad things can happen and you should be prepared. This book would make for a perfect class, and I think everyone should read it. This book tells you everything you need to know and gives you the tools you need to take care of yourself and your family in an emergency. I feel better knowing that I can go to an agent and make sure they aren¿t screwing me over, by knowing all the facts beforehand.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2008
This is a terrific all-in-one resource for buying and managing personal insurance. It¿s clearly written, easy to read, and is a wealth of information. I thought I knew a lot about insurance already, but I definitely picked up some valuable tips from this book. This book provides the reader with a thorough explanation of different types of insurance (car, homeowner¿s, health, and life), with a concise breakdown of different options within each type. There are clear examples on real-life cases that helped me understand that the cheapest policy isn¿t always the best. I also now know what discounts to ask for and how to shop more effectively for insurance. What was most valuable to me, personally, was the section on health insurance. With an aging parent, I have to deal with Medicare and Medicaid, and this book helped me understand those services better. The appendixes in the back of the book are also excellent resources that I will keep to refer back to. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a handy all-in-one guide.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 28, 2008
Forays into the complex world of insurance can be baffling and intimidating for the under-informed, and anyone seeking to get coverage without doing their homework can be in for trouble. In ¿Cheap Insurance For Your Home, Automobile and Life,¿ authors Carla and Lee Rowley tackle the imposing task of explaining this complicated world and showing readers how to keep the upper hand from the minute they start looking for policies. With easy-to-understand explanations, this book takes on homeowners¿ insurance, automobile insurance, health insurance and life insurance. Each chapter is full of tips and little-known facts (students with good grades may be eligible for car insurance discounts old plumbing may disqualify your house from coverage) as well as advice on avoiding surcharges and how to use the Internet and independent agents to find the best deal. Perhaps the most useful aspect is the detailed information on how insurance policies are structured and how people in the business think. Chapter by chapter, ¿Cheap Insurance For Your Home, Automobile and Life¿ assures that its readers will never be caught off guard in their agent¿s office.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 24, 2008
¿Cheap Insurance for Your Home, Automobile, Health and Life¿ by Carla and Lee Rowley is an excellent resource for anyone. This comprehensive book is written in an easily understandable tone in such a way as to demystify the insurance process. Carla and Lee Rowley start by explaining why you need insurance and go on to tell how to choose an Agent. They fully explain the each type of insurance and additional coverages that may be available. This book includes Home insurance and how that may affect your Home Business. They further go on to explain automobile insurance and list state-by state requirements. This book also contains a very helpful section on Health Insurance, both Employee sponsored and health insurance for the self- employed. ¿Cheap Insurance¿ ends with a detailed chapter on Life Insurance. The back of this book contains useful links and case studies. I found this book to be well written and easy for the non-insurance person to read. The Information in this book will be an invaluable resource to individuals and families alike. I would highly recommend that this book be added to any home reference collection.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2008
Despite a misleading title 'no insurance is cheap!', this book discusses the most important types of insurance and available discount suggestions in thorough, easy-to-comprehend language. Using a solid, well-outlined approach, the authors have produced a manual that would make a perfect gift for a young person entering the world of adult decisions as well as a handy guide for people of any age. As we go through life, our needs change--and, as the authors point out, our insurance coverage needs change as well. Therefore, this book is a strong introduction to the aspects of startup insurance-shopping as well as a continuing-education reference tool for those already insured. One of the book¿s better features, a state-by-state listing of vehicular insurance requirements, is found in Chapter 12. The information is presented in paragraph form that might have been neatly complemented with a table for quick and easy visual comparison, but is nonetheless helpful as shown. Just as vehicle insurance costs vary from state to state, so do the requirements, and this is just one of the areas to research when contemplating a potential relocation for one¿s home or business. Along with describing and detailing various forms of insurance, the authors make a conscientious effort to anticipate the many ¿pitfalls¿ awaiting people who have little or no insurance knowledge. In the case of a flooded basement, for example, even the best flood insurance will not cover water damage that was caused by a drain backup to the layman, a flood is a flood is a flood--but insurance companies do not agree. The time to know this, of course, is when the basement¿s still dry! Anyone who has not studied insurance or been well-advised by a qualified insurance agent would do well to read this book, and even take it along while insurance shopping. No insurance is truly inexpensive, but Cheap Insurance shows the way to successfully insure yourself while ensuring that you buy the best policy for your specific needs.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.