Wanna hear of an eerie impulse buy? I sort of hate to admit this one. But this year, I bought two gravesites — one cemetery plot for me and another for my husband.

Total price: $2,790.

Why spend that kind of money before you’re dead? Or before you’re expecting to die? Good question. After all, you could live a little and go on a cruise for that kind of cash.

But whether we like it or not, many of us may be thinking more about death these days.

All the deeply disturbing news about the mishandling of human remains at some funeral homes in Detroit makes us think twice about what could go wrong.

And many of us, frankly, are curious when we see headlines proclaiming: “Forget stocks, invest in cemetery plots.” The theory is that grave prices are going up, not down.

Demographics mean many young adults will soon be burying their parents. Baby boomers born in 1946 turned 72 in 2018.

Yet plenty of financial pitfalls — and unexpected fees — await on the way to the grave.

Many consumers are shocked to discover that they owe thousands of dollars in extra costs, such as fees to open and close the grave and buy a vault, according to Holly Shreve Gilbert, interim president for the Funeral Consumer Information Society in Michigan.

She heard from one family who was upset that they had to pay an additional $800 to open the ground just to bury cremated remains. Some cemeteries may charge $1,500 or more to open the ground for a traditional coffin burial, even if you have already purchased a burial space.

Experts warn some interment fees can exceed the cost of the cemetery plots.

“Most, but not all, cemeteries require you to purchase a grave liner, which will cost several hundred dollars,” too, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s report on “Buying a Cemetery Site.”

Grave liners and vaults are containers that the coffin will be placed into before burial.

Charges called “perpetual care” are sometimes included in the purchase price of a cemetery plot but not always.

Another warning from the FTC: Some commercial cemeteries offer free plots for a veteran. But they may charge “exorbitant rates” for the spouse and high fees for opening and closing each grave.

The FTC has what’s called a funeral rule that enables you spend money on only those goods and services you want or need, whether you are making arrangements when a death occurs or in advance.

While the rule covers pre-need sales of funeral arrangements, it generally does not apply to cemetery arrangements, said Craig Tregillus, funeral rule coordinator for the Federal Trade Commission.

Cemeteries are governed by state law, not the FTC, he said.

If you’re planning a funeral, funeral directors must give you price information on the telephone if you ask for it. You don’t have to give them your name, address or telephone number first. Although they are not required to do so, many funeral homes mail their price lists, and some post them online.

Not so with cemeteries.

Another good tip: If you prepay for any cemetery or funeral expenses, keep copies of an itemized contract and proof of payment, including canceled checks and receipts if possible, said Julia Dale, director of the Michigan Corporations Securities and Commercial Licensing Bureau, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Make sure the face of the contract details what items are guaranteed at a set price and which items are not, Dale said.

For me, spending $2,790 was purely an impulse purchase. And I’m happy to say my husband was OK with it.

I’d never suggest it’s likely to be a good investment, particularly since my mother told me long ago about all those extra charges, such as opening the grave.

Ken Brant, owner of Grave Solutions, a multilisting service for the resale of cemetery property, said he has had people list gravesites because the family doesn’t want to pay $3,000 or so in added costs just to use a grave that has already been purchased.

“People are just saying, ‘Nope, we can’t afford it,’ ” said Brant, 76, who said the last four funerals he attended all involved cremations.

“The higher prices have forced people to the cremation market,” Brant said. Many times, a cremation can be handled for $1,000.

Over the years, I’ve thought about where I wanted to be buried.

My mother bought three plots together when my Uncle Joe died in 1993. Later, Dad was buried there in 2001. Mom was buried in 2011 between Dad and Uncle Joe. And Busia, my beloved grandmother, is a short drive away in another section at the same cemetery in Detroit. And I’ve wanted to be near them.

When my only sister, Linda, died in February, I figured I’d try to shop for one last discount with her.

What if, I asked my brother-in-law Larry, we offered to buy a few plots at once? Could we get a discount? (No, my family wasn’t shocked in the least that I’d entertain a bit of bargain shopping during a very sad time in our lives. My sister probably wouldn’t have expected anything less.)

We were able to get a price reduction of $155 per grave. So I paid $1,395 for each. I was able to pay in installments and spend a few hundred dollars each month. Because I paid the bill in full in less than 12 months, I didn’t pay any interest charges.

The graves are in the same section as my parents and my husband, and I will be next to my sister and brother-in-law.

So far, no regrets. But I realize it’s not a good idea for everyone — particularly if you’re feeling rushed into something. Or you need that money for something else.

Prices will vary based on cemetery, special areas, the state you live in as well as the community.

Prices also vary based on the inventory available and whether you’re looking at a more expensive private mausoleum or standard ground space, said Mathew P. Forastiere, vice president of operations for Midwest Memorial Group, which has 28 cemeteries in Michigan.

“We have ground burial interment rights starting as low as $2,195 in some of our cemeteries,” Forastiere said. “We also have mausoleum crypts that are priced at $48,000 for a single interment right.”

Before you commit to a cemetery, consider if you plan to be living in the same area when you die. Yes, you may be able to unload unwanted cemetery plots on Craigslist or eBay or online sites called Grave Solutions. Or not.

Some cemeteries, but not all, have a buyback policy under which they agree to buy cemetery merchandise back at a reduced price.

Before you assume anything, find out the cemetery’s policy for an owner selling a burial directly to the public.

Talk with the cemetery before you buy anything online.

“Some cemeteries are helpful, and some are not,” Dale said.

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