Valentine’s Day is coming, and you can’t go wrong with giving your sweetheart flowers! Fresh flowers are fragrant, beautiful, and make the recipient feel so very loved. And while fresh flowers can get pricey, very pricey, you don’t need to go broke buying your sweetie a nice bouquet.
To make sure you get the best deal on fresh flowers this Valentine’s Day, check out the tips below. You will be tickled pink at how simple it is to save on blooms. It just requires a little effort and legwork. But in the end, your budget will thank you! Take a peek!
1. Be Mindful of What is in Season
Spring time flowers are already starting to make their debut. This is a great time to look for tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. All three of these varieties are considered in season will be more budget friendly. Flowers that aren’t in season will cost a lot more, and roses naturally will cost you an arm and a leg because they are in demand this time of year!
2. Shop Grocers Instead of Florists
If you order an arrangement from a florist, you won’t see the flowers until they’re ready to be picked up or delivered. Such a gamble. Florists also are more costly than a grocery or chain store. You can find flowers that are just as fresh at these grocery and chain stores at half of the cost. Plus, at these stores you can see the flowers for yourself before you buy them to assure freshness.
3. Say YES to Potted Bulbs
Potted bulb varieties such as tulips can be saved and replanted. A pot of tulips I bought for my sister last year is blooming again this year! She simply saved the bulb after it was done blooming and transplanted it to her garden. It is a gift that keeps giving! Now that is value.
4. Say NO to Exotic Blooms
While flowers such as orchids are lovely, they are not grown locally in most areas. A great deal of shipping and transporting go into the delivery of lilies and orchids, and that cost is passed on to the buyer. Look for flowers that grow locally in your area and they will be way more budget friendly as well as easier to care for.
5. Buy Your Own Vase and Arrange Yourself
Buy your flowers fresh cut and then put them in your own vase. Dollar stores and thrift stores carry vases by the dozens for $1.00 or less. Buying premade arrangements is by far more costly than just buying a fresh cut bouquet and arranging it yourself.
6. Add Some Aspirin
Not because your flowers has body aches, but because it will make them last longer! By adding a crushed aspirin to the water of your bouquet, it will help them remain in bloom longer, giving you the most bang for your buck. Who knew?
7. Find out About Freebies
Does your local department offer free greeting cards and novelty picks with your purchase? Take advantage of these FREE perks to add a little more bang and personalization to your bouquet! Some will even wrap your bouquet in colorful tissue for free. You won’t know if you don’t ask, so ask!
8. Think Beyond the Blooming Flowers
Basic house plants can be a cheaper alternative to blooming flowers. Your sweetheart might like an aloe plant this year instead! It is functional and can be used to treat a sunburn even. Plants like these are a gift that keeps on giving!
9. And Please…Skip the Delivery!
If you do go through a florist, skip the delivery fees and deliver your flowers yourself. Some florists charge as much as $20.00 to deliver your blooms, and even then you don’t know if anyone will be home to receive them! If your sweetheart lives in town, take the flowers to him/her yourself. After all, they will be so much happier to see you than the delivery driver!
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By following these simple strategies, you will be able to give a fresh arrangement that you can be proud of, and still look like you spent a ton! It just requires a little work, but the pay off is a beautiful arrangement you won’t bust your budget for.