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Old 02-14-2017, 04:47 PM
 
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My wife's father just passed and she has been shopping around for coffins. I just wanted to share that costco and walmart have coffin prices that are up to 1/3 of what the funeral homes are charging and they can deliver a coffin within 2 days.

Some funeral homes try to make it hard by playing games and making it hard to take delivery of the cheaper coffins but she called around and is finalizing the arrangements for the family.

I can't even bring myself to buy toiletries at Walmart, so I can't imagine buying a coffin - but it's a point well taken that even if you are more comfortable dealing with a funeral home, that they do traditionally steer people toward spending more money, so you have to be prepared not to be swayed.
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Old 02-14-2017, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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pardon me for chuckling .. walmart sells coffins ? can i get one on lay away ?
Only at Christmastime.
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Old 02-14-2017, 05:27 PM
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SWFL : There's a reason they call K-Mart "Came-Apart".

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Old 02-14-2017, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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My wife's father just passed and she has been shopping around for coffins. I just wanted to share that costco and walmart have coffin prices that are up to 1/3 of what the funeral homes are charging and they can deliver a coffin within 2 days.

Some funeral homes try to make it hard by playing games and making it hard to take delivery of the cheaper coffins but she called around and is finalizing the arrangements for the family.
Thank you. I've read something about this before, but couldn't remember the details. Urns are really expensive, too. You want how much?
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Old 02-14-2017, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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If my family spent several thousand dollars on a coffin, then took it out and buried it, I would haunt them.
I have told them to go to Cowboy Coffins and get one of the plywood boxes they make. Inexpensive, and plenty good enough to bury.
Actually, it would be sufficient to wrap my body in canvas, but I suppose the VA and the military graveside guys that I am entitled to wouldn't like it...

If the funeral home does not like it that you plan to furnish your own coffin, find another service.

When I get the oil changed in my truck, I buy the 3 gallons of Delo 400 at Tractor Supply, and the NAPA Gold filter from the local NAPA store. The oil change shop where I normally trade does not have either product, so they let me bring it in. they are very careful to only put in 11 quarts and return the extra quart to me.
I don't need a box either, and my son changes my oil.
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Old 02-18-2017, 08:17 PM
 
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Funeral companies definitely take advantage of the grieving where they can.
If one calls a funeral company for a quote, it will be considerably cheaper than the 'standard' cost.
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Old 02-18-2017, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Ft Myers, FL
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I wanna be buried in this.
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Old 02-19-2017, 05:49 PM
 
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Thank you. I've read something about this before, but couldn't remember the details. Urns are really expensive, too. You want how much?
Urns are not really expensive.


When my wife died I purchased a light blue ceramic urn shaped like a big ,rectangular shoe box.


At the wake, some people commented that it was beautiful ( her photo was in a folder sitting on top of it )


Cost $260 purchased at the funeral home
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Old 02-19-2017, 07:06 PM
 
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Not to be a wiseacre but there is a difference in a coffin and a casket. If the difference doesn't matter than make the purchase that pleases.
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Old 02-20-2017, 09:26 PM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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Not to be a wiseacre but there is a difference in a coffin and a casket. If the difference doesn't matter than make the purchase that pleases.
thanks for the correction. The casket purchased was an 18gauge steel casket from the same company that the funeral homes use.

Walmart, costco et al are just resellers that take a smaller markup.

The funeral home did provide a price list up front which my wife picked and chose the services she wanted so there was no chance for extra price padding once they knew we were using our own casket.

Another funeral home made it hard by insisting on a family member to be present to take delivery and to dispose of the shipping materials but they lost the sale because my wife went to a more agreeable funeral home.

here's an FTC rule you can use for backup:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/article...c-funeral-rule

I spoke with a family friend who tried to go this route and the funeral home did in fact state that they would have to offer different pricing which resulted in a higher net funeral cost (despite no casket in pricing)
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