Funerals can be very expensive, with the average funeral in the United States costing several thousand dollars. The average cost of a funeral can vary greatly by location. That being said, there are practical ways to save on costs without being "cheap". One of the most difficult factors in controlling costs for a funeral is feeling guilty by not paying more or going with the "best" option. However, the suggestions below will show that you can spend less and get more by being savvy.