How is this for getting right to the point. Short answer, NO. Long answer, Large Funeral Homes have large facilities, staffs and overhead such as large fleets of vehicles, lots of casket inventory etc. Even if you don't use many of their services or automobiles you still have to help pay for them. Now that cremation is becoming so popular, Funeral Homes have to pass more of the costs on to the fewer families that have burials. Do your homework and talk to different Funeral Homes to find the right fit for you based on the actual service that you desire.
First of all "Local" should be defined as where you are as opposed to where the funeral home is. If a funeral home is located in say Austin or Killeen, they are not "Local" to San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Leander, Cedar Park, Georgetown etc. Sometimes funeral homes use misdirection or smoke and mirrors to make you think that they are "Local". We don't use the term "Local" because we come to you. We provide services at your church/facility or your cemetery.
Absolutely not. Frugal people are careful with their money. They evaluate a purchase based on value versus cost. Cheap people purchase the lowest priced item without regard to quality or purpose.
Disputes among family members regarding funeral arrangements and the right to control the disposition of their deceased family member will put a STOP to all arrangements until the dispute is settled. This may involve attorneys and court orders. The funeral home must remain neutral during the dispute process. To review the law regarding disputes please go to the "Legal Stuff" tab on the left side of the page. My best advice is to settle your disputes before coming to the funeral home.