According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the national median cost of a funeral with a viewing and burial in 2021 was $7,848. (It’s interesting to note that the median cost of a funeral with cremation was approximately $6,971.) If these numbers are startling to you, it’s important that you realize that you can save a substantial amount on the cost of a funeral by purchasing discount caskets.
We know that many of you feel uncomfortable thinking about buying funeral caskets because it’s a reminder that no one escapes death. And still others may struggle with the idea of buying “cheap caskets” for a deceased loved one.
We would like to have a frank discussion about casket buying. We’ll help you walk through the casket-buying process and discuss smart buying practices to help you find discount caskets for sale for your loved one’s funeral.
The importance of saving money on discount caskets
Grief is a strange thing. People express it differently, but almost everyone wants a heartfelt funeral service to say goodbye to their loved ones.
But as you talk with the funeral home director to plan a service, there comes a strange moment when you have to select between premium wood caskets for sale and veneer wood caskets. The difference in price between these two types of caskets sold at a funeral home may be thousands of dollars.
Many families struggle to make this decision because they want to buy the best for their loved ones – but they may be unable to afford premium products. Some feel guilty or sad about purchasing inexpensive funeral caskets or may think they let their loved one down by not spending the money.
As industry insiders, we want you to know that no one judges you based on how much money you pay for your loved one’s casket. Don’t allow yourself to be persuaded to buy a casket you can’t afford.
Understanding the different types of caskets available
Before continuing to discuss saving money on funeral caskets, here’s a brief primer on types of caskets.
Metal caskets are durable and are rated on the thickness of the material. Please note that an 18-gauge metal casket is more durable (and expensive) than a 20-gauge metal casket. They come in a wide range of colors and personalization options.
You may have the option of buying a metal casket with a gasket or a seal, which may slow down the amount of water that seeps inside the container. Please note that a gasket or seal does not preserve the body.
Wood caskets are also popular options. They range in price depending on the type of wood used and the quality of the construction. The highest-priced wood caskets are typically made from mahogany, walnut, or cherry. Medium-priced options are oak, birch, and maple. Typically, the lowest-price wood casket options are pine and poplar. Of course, this is a general guideline, as other factors help determine the price.
For families who want the look of wood – but at a more affordable price – veneer wood caskets are a great option. Veneer caskets are less heavy than solid wood options.
Other types of caskets are available, but these are three primary categories. Most funeral homes offer personalization options and will allow you to select the color of the interior.
Additional tips for saving money on funeral expenses
Do you have to buy a veneer casket instead of a solid wood or steel casket to save money on funeral expenses? You have another option!
You could buy a solid wood or steel casket online for close to the same amount you would spend on a veneer casket at a funeral home. (And, of course, you can buy a veneer casket online for a lot less money than you could buy one from the funeral home.)
Buying caskets online has become the norm. Families now realize they can purchase the same or better product for less money from online casket companies. Keep reading to find out how ordering a casket online works.
Order Online for Convenience and Savings
Express Casket is an online casket company proud to help American families save thousands of dollars when planning a loved one’s funeral.
Here’s how it works.
First, visit our website to view all types of caskets that are available. Express Casket offers a full range of steel, wood, and wood veneer caskets. There are many choices, so gather the decision-makers to make a selection.
Next, call 888-448-4001 to discuss your casket purchase with an industry expert. Our highly trained staff will guide you through the casket-purchasing process and explain the difference between full-couch and half-couch lids. Of course, they will also explain the delivery process.
One note about delivery: The casket will be delivered directly to the funeral home or mortuary. All funeral homes must accept the delivery of our caskets based on the consumer protection regulations of the Federal Trade Commission. A funeral home can’t charge additional fees to families buying a casket online.
Keep an Eye Out for Sales and Discounts
It’s also important to note that caskets go on sale. Older models from casket companies are often offered at a discounted price. Casket wholesalers sometimes need to discount caskets to make room for more inventory.
Don’t be embarrassed to ask about casket sales and discounts. It’s another way to save money on funeral expenses. (Your loved one may have been proud of you for getting a good deal!) Express Caskets Offers Premium Caskets at Affordable Prices
We know how difficult it is to buy a casket for a recently deceased loved one – especially when you can’t afford the casket that your loved one would have preferred. Express Casket helps thousands of families each year buy a beautiful, quality casket for their deceased loved one – at affordable prices.
Contact us today at 888-448-4001 to learn more.