Want to have a great funeral? Plan it and pay for it, or at least set aside the money - long before your date with destiny. These sites offer guidelines and specific tips on knowing the costs.
Funeral rights. The Federal Trade Commission provides consumers with this page titled, "Paying Final Respects: Your Rights When Buying Funeral Goods & Services." It outlines rights under the FTC-enforced "Funeral Rule," which includes your right to itemized price lists from funeral homes, and your right to use a cardboard or other "alternative container" for cremation.
Funeral financing. Shopping for a funeral may sound macabre, but doing it now could save you and your family thousands of dollars. Bankrate.com provides a quick outline on how to decide what you want, knowing your legal rights, and figuring out how to pay. One suggestion: Put funeral money in a joint savings account. The site says funeral costs averaged $7,323 in 2006, and "deluxe" funerals topped $10,000.