No one likes to pay extra for no reason.
More correctly, no one sane likes to pay extra for no reason.
We sane folk sometimes go to insane lengths to avoid price discrimination, especially when we are aware of it.
Like walking for 20 minutes more to buy shampoo from Sheng Siong, instead of Cold Storage.
(To avoid being scalped, geddit? geddit?)
Like scanning 12 different sites to get notified of the latest Uber/Grab promo codes.
Like buying airline tickets 8 months in advance to enjoy the early bird discount.
It seems to be in our blood – by getting more value, we are also getting ahead. No real flaw in that logic, as long as it is not taken to the extreme. (Here’s to laughing at the Americans on Black Friday!)
Yet a good many of us overpay by hundreds, or even thousands when it comes to Insurance premiums. And are blissfully unaware of it.
Yes, you read all of that correctly. There are people are paying extra on the same exact insurance plan, offered by the same exact insurance company.
Paying extra… by Hundreds? Thousands? How?
Simply by opting to pay for your premiums on a monthly basis.
What other payment frequencies are there?
Quarterly, Semi-Annually, and Annually.
The percentage difference between an Annual mode of payment vs Monthly payment can be up to 5%. When a person spends up to 2,000 to 3,000 on Insurance per year, that adds to up to a hefty difference over 10 or 20 years.
Show me the proof!
Ok Sherlock. We took 3 different plans from 3 different insurers and noted their premiums across the different frequencies of payment.
From Insurer A: Term Plan
From Insurer B: Early Stage Critical Illness Plan
From Insurer C: Whole Life Plan
What to make of the results
We didn’t test across all the plans, insurers, age bands, etc for one simple reason: The implication is crystal clear.
Insurers will always charge you more for opting into a more frequent mode of payment. That figures because there are additional administrative costs to bear.
Moreover, some plan types may be “taxed” more heavily than the others, because of the time value of money. If you withhold part of the premium over the year, that is less money the insurer has to generate returns with.
If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to wise up – and pay up.
www.ClearlySurely.com aims to eradicate the knowledge gap between consumers and Life Insurance. Our Vision is that one day, every Man, Woman, and Child will be properly insured.
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