Fun and Just Because

Is cheaper insurance worth the risk?

We all see the TV ads taunting us with cheaper auto insurance rates. However, you might not be getting what you think you’re paying for. In the end, we all want the same thing. I want my car fixed back to like it was prior to the accident, you want your car fixed back to the way it was and we all want our injuries paid for if any were sustained. This doesn’t include any other property damages that might have occurred during the course of the accident. (the telephone pole you need to pay to replace, a fence you took out when you hit it)

Let’s take a look at the required minimum insurance limits that the state of Pennsylvania requires: (according to

  • Bodily injury liability coverage: $15,000 per person, $30,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability coverage: $5,000
  • Uninsured motorist coverage: $15,000 per person, $30,000 per accident*
  • Underinsured motorist coverage: $15,000 per person, $30,000 per accident*
  • First party benefits medical payments: $5,000

*Note: In Pennsylvania you may request to reject the uninsured and underinsured motorist coverages.

So, looking at these limits you need to ask yourself a few questions:

  • If I’m in a very serious accident and myself, a passenger, a pedestrian or occupants in another vehicle are injured is this enough to pay the bills that will be generated? I can tell you from my experience with my own doctor or hospital visits that the answer is no. $15,000 per person/$30,000 per accident is not going to go that far.

The next limit I’d like you to take a look at is the uninsured and underinsured motorist coverages. These limits are there for when someone either is “uninsured” as it states or “underinsured” meaning that the person at fault doesn’t have enough insurance so guess what? They will look to your policy to pay one of these coverages. So this is my first area that really upsets me because as a consumer, because the hard reality is you chose to save a buck, and now the true cost is being placed on me and other motorists to pay through our insurance.

Oh, and guess what happens next? If you said that the insurance companies raise their rates, you would be correct. Insurance companies make money by keeping claim costs low and revenue above the losses. This is called a “loss ratio”. You want to have a loss ratio of less than 1.00 (the lower the better) to operate at a profit. Over time, in order to correct these figures they need to increase not just your individual rates but the rates overall. Be mad at the insurance company if you want, but it’s part of doing business and without doing this they eventually would become insolvent (which that’s a whole other conversation). If you sell pizza and the company that you get cheese from increases the price of cheese, well you’re going to have to pass that increase onto the customer. Otherwise, you’ll operate at a loss. Right?! So while there are companies out there offering cheap coverage so you are legal seems like a brilliant idea, in the end it’s upsetting the balance of everyone paying their fair share.

Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand not everyone can afford high limits, extra coverage and the “rolls royce” of insurance policies. I just urge you to have a valuable conversation with a local, licensed insurance agent about your situation, concerns and a price you can afford. They may have options they can offer to you or suggestions that could help with the cost. Your local insurance agent is on your side to make sure that you are covered and educate you properly.

I am NOT a licensed insurance agent any longer, but have worked in insurance for over 26 plus years. I’m only speaking as one consumer to another to please educate yourself. If you wait to learn after an accident or incident, it could be too late and end up costing you more than thought. People don’t understand this, then get upset with the insurance companies for “not paying”. Unfortunately they are paying based on the coverage you decided to pay for at the time. Who’s fault is that? Educate yourselves and talk to your local insurance agent. If you don’t have one, get one…

Fun and Just Because

Learning doesn’t stop just because you graduated!

I’ve been on a constant learner my entire life. First of all, I’ve always enjoyed learning. When I graduated High School, I immediately started working at Continental Insurance Co. In 1989, they were one of the largest Insurance companies around. I would have never imagined at the time, they would someday go out of business. When I started this first “official” job, I was hired as a BTSF (Business Team Support Function). In today’s terms that role is now an Underwriting Assistant. Underwriting Assistant sounds much more fancy. I must digress and say that as time went on, those of us who were “BTSF’s” decided to come up with our own acronyms what those initials stood for. (Bitches on the Second Floor, as that’s were we sat and Bullshit Secretaries that did typing & filing). So, yes we had some fun as well as worked hard. I did take my job seriously and knew immediately I wanted to become and underwriter someday. Through the years, I asked as many questions as I could, I became friends with senior staff, and took as many classes and seminars as I could. In the next several years and many position changes later, I eventually did become an Underwriter at two very well known Insurance Companies. I loved my job and loved learning even more. My career taught me management skills, time management, organizational skills, dealing with high level reports, due diligence and made me an overall rounded person. I still have these contacts to this day and many I consider friends. Being a constant learner, I embraced a change in my life that required me to find another career. I’m now well on my way to becoming Google Certified, learning all about the digital marketing world and putting all that prior knowledge and skills to use as I embark on this new chapter. I encourage you to be a life long learner….

Fun and Just Because

Goats, not just for the farm anymore!

Years ago, you wouldn’t have seen a goat outside a farm, local petting zoo or state fair. Today, goats are gaining popularity outside of the farming sector and making their way into suburban neighborhoods as pets. Yes, you read correctly. Pets!

Goats don’t require a lot of area and they also are browsers and not grazers like horses. This means that contrary to what we’ve all been told, goats only trim the tops off of grass where a horse will pull grass down to the roots. People looking for healthier lifestyle’s are also turning to raising their own goats for goat milk which is giving people with normal milk allergies a new lease on life. The other areas people are using goats is for goat soap and other beauty products, goat yoga, therapy goats for those suffering with depressions, PTSD and other mood disorders.

Recently, my family and I purchased goats to welcome into our lives. While we are not raising our goats for milk, cheese, beauty products, or a petting zoo attraction, they are however giving love and comfort to my younger son who suffers from PTSD and other mood disorders as a result of a tragic life event. The effect has been amazing and all with the approval our local zoning officer.