Planning a funeral – whether you’re doing it for a recently deceased loved one or you’re planning ahead to relieve your family of this responsibility – it’s something no one looks forward to. It’s also likely not something for which shopping around immediately springs to mind.
For example, in planning a funeral, most people simply choose one of the caskets offered by the funeral home they’re dealing with. But this is not a requirement, and it can seriously increase the cost of the funeral. Funeral homes are required by the Federal Trade Commission to accept any casket bought from an outside source. And Florida is one of the states that doesn’t restrict casket sales to licensed funeral directors. So, as a Florida resident, you’re free to buy your casket from another source which, these days, includes warehouse clubs.
So, how much does a warehouse club casket cost? Costco offers models ranging from $950 to $2600. It also sells urns, including pet urns, as well as sympathy flowers and other funeral related items.
The bottom line? No matter where you buy a casket, don’t feel stuck with those on offer at a particular funeral home. And with the ability to shop around, planning ahead can not only save your loved ones heartache and stress, it can also save a significant amount of money.
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