In this blog I have mentioned many ways to lower funeral cost. Here are some not so common ways: 1 Sell your Burial Plot and pursue cremation 2. Go to your county for assistance. 3. Join a consumer alliance 4. Prevent theft of personal property. 5.Do a Home Funeral with the help of the of a Funeral Director who specializes in home funerals.
1 Sell your Burial Plot and pursue cremation. With the economic downturn some folks are taking to selling their burial plots and turning to cremation. For some this works. This can be especially useful if you have burial plots you plan not to use.
2. Go to your county for assistance. Many counties provide funeral and burial assistance. Some counties are not so upfront about this. Yes you may have to persistently ask questions. Others are quite forthright.
3. Join a consumer alliance - Join a chapter of the Funeral Consumers Alliance. The Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA) offers excellent funeral cost savings information. Most importantly, less expensive does not mean less honor, less loved, or less service to your loved one. Check out FCA info it helps.
4. Prevent theft of personal property. This happens more often than you might be aware. A current example is here. This is addressed in Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral. Be sure to keep track of your loved ones personal effects, rings. watches, cash, credit cards.
5.Do a Home Funeral with the help of the of a Funeral Director who specializes in home funerals.Some traditional funeral directors oppose home funerals. They say that most families do not have the strength to do this themselves. If you have a director who has experience in the home funeral it can be accomplished without much difficulty.
These are Five off main street steps to lower funeral costs and funeral expenses. These will help you come in under the average cost of a traditional funeral which is a $8,000.00 USD in 2008.
Your Funeral Guy.
The Average Cost of a Funeral in 2008 was $8000.00 USD +and maybe more. This year the NFDA raised the average funeral cost in 2006 to $7,323.00 Dollars. This has been mentioned at this blog. Now how can this happen? The National Funeral Directors Association.collects statistics from funeral homes and funeral directors around the United States. If they receive more information they change the numbers.
Cost for traditional Funerals has been trending upward. but at the same time lower cost funerals such as green funerals, cremation and direct burial are also growing to the broad prosperity of all. This also has sent the traditional funeral cost upward. It has cut into funeral home profits.
So after much research I am lowballing the average cost of a funeral in 2008 to be $8000.00 USD.
The Over 50 Website declares the same average funeral cost. “the average US funeral costs over $8,000 as far as I can deduce from the sparse information that is published, and it seems very easy for funerals to cost from $10,000 to $20,000 or more!”
More information on how to lower average funeral cost can be found here:
Your Funeral Guy.
“Consumer advocates say prepaid funerals are generally a poor choice for everyone but the funeral home. And the fees (from $5,000 to $10,000) can really burn you up.” This an excellent quote from this article.
Preneed Funeral Policies have fell into dispute. Every month there is an incident where a Funeral Director runs off with the preneed money.
This year we have had the Illinois Funeral Directors 41 million dollars funeral trust mismanagement and the National Prearranged Services 500 million Dollar Theft.
The AARP Magazine had an article in February 2008 advising folks not to prepay a Funeral. I believe that this has taken hold.
Saving money on funeral costs is becoming more popular in the current economic environment.
Be sure to let me know how you saved on funeral costs and funeral expenses.
R. Brian Burkhardt, Your Funeral Guy, Author “Rest in Peace Insider Tips To the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral “.
Funeral Director, State of Illinois, Virginia.