Provide Your Own Flowers: These can be picked from your own garden or purchased from the supermarket and hand tied into a bunch. Saving – $90 to $200.
Provide Your Own Catering: Many organisations like bowling clubs and other groups like to help out at these times. Different venues have differing requirements for catering, and may even have a contracted caterer – so it’s best to contact them directly. Saving – $9 to $12 per person.
Print Your Own Service Sheets: Although this can be an arduous and difficult task, some people have the facilities or access to a photocopier and print their own. Saving $3 per copy.
Use Of Own Vehicle: Some families will transfer their loved one themselves, especially if they are going to a marae or family home where the service will be held. Once a person is embalmed and placed in a casket there is no reason why families with access to a large station wagon (Ford / Holden size) or similar vehicle cannot take their loved one home. This is especially cost effective when traveling long distances as it saves on mileage charges.