There are more and more affordable life insurance options with all the companies vying for the business. On top of that we are seeing people live longer than ever before. With competition and different product lines that are designed for different lengths and flexibility, it creates a lot of affordable life insurance options for consumers. Term life insurance is almost a straight commodity if you have no interest in converting to a permanent plan ever. Term rates have gone down so much it is pretty staggering. A couple things to keep in mind is just because a company is saying that a policy could cost X doesn’t mean you could qualify for that rate. The company who is actually showing up as the second, third, or fourth best quote may actually underwrite more favorably and end up being a better rate.
Other very affordable options are return of premium term, which will return all premiums paid if you outlive the term. This will cost more money than regular term, but few people ever die during the term of the policy. It is especially affordable if you live through the term and get all your money back. Guaranteed universal life is also considered to be very good affordable option and the most affordable for plans that are permanent (guaranteed to 100 or 105). This type of plan is almost like a permanent term and lasts to 100 or so, but the premium never goes up and little if no cash value is built.