No one would feel comfortable ‘cheaping out’ on their loved ones funeral, but the sad reality is that funerals are expensive and if the deceased didn’t have life insurance that can be a difficult cost to bear for many families. Add to that the fact that the death often occurs suddenly and you can really be left scrambling. One of the most expensive parts of a funeral is a casket. Prices on caskets can range from several thousand dollars up to tens of thousands of dollars. So you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable if all you can afford are cheap caskets, and believe it or not, there are ways you can save money on the casket without sacrificing beauty or quality.
For one thing you should probably not get the casket at a funeral home since they tend to really inflate the price. Instead try to find a casket dealer and you’ll usually get a better casket for a considerable savings. Funeral homes can make upwards of $350,000 a year on casket sales so it’s not unheard of that they will discourage you from buying a casket through another source. Here are some things they may say to discourage you:
1. “We have plenty to choose from right here, why not save yourself the hassle of looking anywhere else”.
2. “If you buy a casket through another source, such as online, you won’t be satisfied with the quality and you’ll be stuck with it”.
3. And last, but not least (and this is my favorite, not sure how often they use this one or how effective it really is) : “Online casket dealers sell used caskets”. What, How on Earth do they manage that,,
Don’t let these ridiculous statements scare you off from trying to find the best casket at the best price. Discount casket dealers can be found online as well as locally in some bigger cities. You will get the same selection as you would at a funeral home but the price will be substantially less. Just like any other business, casket makers come out with new models so you may be able to save a lot of money on last years model.
You may also be able to get a casket directly from the manufacturer which can also result in a significant savings since you are cutting out the middle man. Casket wholesale stores, just like any other type of wholesale store, sell larger quantities so they don’t need to make as big of a profit on each individual sale which means you can get a beautiful casket for much less money.
When it comes time to plan the funeral of someone you love, the last thing you need to be worrying about is money. Keep these tips in mind on how to find great, cheap caskets and you’ll save yourself a lot of needless worry and concern. Your loved one would be happy if they knew that you planned a beautiful service for them and didn’t go into debt in the process.