You might have read or heard of the common notion that a good funeral will cost as much as wedding does nowadays. Whilst the idea might sound somewhat hard to believe, it is not far from the truth. You can have very outlandish funerals at very high costs, and the even the average funerals cost thousands of dollars at present. But is this the true cost of a funeral, or is this just an inflated figure of the funerary industry? Below are some tips to plan a decent funeral on a budget:
- The casket – the very first thing you need to know about is that the casket is not a necessary component of a funeral. Yes, you read that right. The easiest way to save money is to have the funeral service without the body of the deceased. Most of the time, however, people are unwilling to do this, so they still buy a casket. A regular casket costs a two to three thousand dollars, but actually, you can find a casket of similar quality at a much lower price online, or directly from the manufacturer. Additionally, you can also ask for a lower quality casket from the parlour itself – they will most often store these in their boiler rooms or storages.
- Shop around – as was mentioned above, funerals are expensive, and just like any other expensive purchase, it is better to shop around before settling on any one funeral undertaker or parlour. You will find out that prices wildly fluctuate from parlour to parlour, meaning that if you are careful enough with your search, you can find cheap but quality services. Always ask to see prices – websites or brochures that openly list their prices are often competitively priced when compared to others which hide their prices.
- Itemize packages – another easy way to get tricked into paying more is through the use of packages. Most funeral parlours will have package deals that will either include too many services you do not need, or not have the services you want. Instead of picking a package service, pick each and every service you need separately and bundle it up into a customized package. If you want to go for a package, make sure that every expense is properly itemized for, so you know what you are paying for.
- Outsource – most funeral parlours are often willing to do all the related work to a funeral, whether it is arranging the flowers from the florist or buying a tombstone. However, you can do most of these things by yourself as well, and you can save money doing so. Instead of leaving everything to your funeral parlour, it is a good idea to look into what you can do by yourself so as to stick to the limits of your budget.