Planning A Budget Funeral

Whether you are planning your own funeral, or taking care of the arrangements for a loved one, you need to have your wits about you if you hope to avoid it costing you an enormous amount of money. While it may seem stingy to want to save money on a funeral, not everyone can afford to spend $10,000. You can still have a respectful and beautiful funeral service on a budget, but it will require a little more thought and planning to be able to pull it off. The following are some ideas that are sure to help you cut the costs of any funeral you are involved in planning.

Get Insurance

Funerals are not cheap, so if you don’t have a lot of money to spare but you want to be able to pay for your own funeral, a great way to do so is funeral insurance. Paying a small amount of money each month towards your insurance throughout your working life will mean that there are no expenses for anyone to cover when your number comes up.

Donate Your Body To Science

If you are planning your own funeral, consider donating your body and organs to science. This way, you will be not only be helping other people, but the costs of the cremation will normally be covered for you. This can save you thousands of dollars on getting a casket and traditional burial services.

Cremate Rather Than Bury

You can save a significant amount of money by choosing to be cremated. You will eliminate the costs related to securing a burial plot and purchasing a casket, cutting thousands off your funeral costs. If you are planning a funeral for someone other than yourself, make sure that you talk to them about their thoughts on cremation beforehand, as some people are against it, or are prohibited by their religion.

Have The Wake At Home

Rather than spend money on a venue for the wake, it is cheaper and often creates a better atmosphere to hold the wake at the family home. Celebrating the deceased person’s life in the place that they lived can make for the perfect way to remember their life. Having the wake at home will also allow you to hold an event that goes all night, and allow the deceased’s friends, family and loved ones time to properly pay respects.

Do It Yourself

Rather than pay for every single aspect of the funeral arrangements to be taken care of for you, you can save a significant amount of money by taking care of some details yourself. These tasks might include creating and sending out funeral invitations, providing the flowers, catering for the wake, or even providing the entertainment at the wake. By doing some of these yourself, you are sure to save a small fortune.

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