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Save Money on Funeral Costs - Cheap Funerals
7 Ways to Avoid Being Overcharged for a Funeral
1 — If they have multiple locations, keep driving.
Some LARGE funeral firms advertise “several convenient locations”. Our largest competitor conducts five times as many services as we do – but they have ten times as many locations – on some very expensive real estate. Just remember, multiple locations mean high maintenance costs, high taxes, high utility bills, and high payroll costs. To pay for all that, they must have high prices.
2 — If they show you caskets costing more than $2,995, leave.
Many funeral homes mark up the caskets they sell by as much as 500% over wholesale. In addition, they may try to sell you caskets made of expensive materials, such as stainless steel, copper, or bronze, which add bling, but do little to add to the functionality of the casket. All caskets perform the same purpose: they act as a receptacle designed to allow the dignified display of the deceased during the visitation period and funeral ceremony, and as a protective container to hold the deceased after burial. Some caskets are manufactured with rubber gaskets around the lid, designed to be resistant to the entrance of water, for a limited time. Just remember, no matter how much you spend, no casket will cause human remains to remain intact indefinitely!
3 — If their advertised “traditional funeral” price doesn't include a casket and limousine, look elsewhere.
Many funeral firms advertise a “traditional funeral service”, typically for about $2,500. But read the small print, which usually reads: “Does not include casket, motor equipment, or police escort”. Adding those items typically drives the price to more than $6,000. Many funeral firms go so far as to nickel and dime you for items such as register books and acknowledgement cards. The funeral packages we offer are complete, and include a premium steel casket, hearse, free limousine, motorcycle escort, register book, and acknowledgement cards; most packages also include a free memorial video.
3 — If they won't show you their price list, walk out.
By law, every funeral home must present to you a General Price List, without your asking, for you to keep. If you ask for it and they vacillate, not only are they breaking the law – they're hiding something. That something is their high price.
4 — Consider a funeral service followed by cremation,