Simple Ways to Save on Valentine’s Day Flowers

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Valentine’s Day is supposed to be all about the love, but it’s impossible not to at least consider how much it will cost you too.  The National Retail Federation’s Valentine’s Day spending survey finds that consumers will likely spend upwards of $130 on gifts for this holiday.  For many people, the bulk of that money will be spend on flowers, which can easily cost upwards of $80.

To help you save money on flowers, we’re sharing some tips from consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch about how you can save money on Valentine’s Day bouquets.

1. Buy at the grocery store
“Since floral shops thrive on sales from this holiday, you won’t find many good deals,” Woroch says. “Your best bet is to scope out the options at your local grocery store — you can find lovely bouquets for less than $15, plus you can also pick up a card and candy in one trip.”

2.  Be unique
Roses are likely the first flower to come to mind when you’re thinking about what your sweetheart wants, but they can be pricey.  Instead, opt for a flower like tulips or daisies, says Woroch, which can help you “save money without sacrificing style.”

3. Check out warehouse store selections
“Stores like Costco sell roses for less and you can usually find a dozen for less than $20,” says Woroch. “Though these bouquets may have a blemish or two, you can always remove the offending petals for a more polished presentation.”

4. Search for deals
This sounds obvious, but a lot of consumers forget to look for coupon codes or online deals in their mad dash to buy last-minute flowers.  Woroch recommends checking out FreeShipping.org for sites offering free shipping on flowers, as well as searching for coupon sites and daily deals.  For example, LivingSocial is currently offering a $15 voucher for $30 to spend on fresh flowers from ProFlowers.

5. Make it a DIY project
First, you can save big by doing your own delivery, says Woroch. “Not only will this save you up to $15, but it’s more romantic, too,” she says. You may also want to create the bouquet yourself.  If that’s a little too much for you, have the florist make the bouquet but then bring your own vase (often florists charge more for these). “If the florist adds a charge for a vase, tell them to take it off the order,” says Woroch. “Instead, head over to the dollar store to find a great selection of glass vases for just a buck.”

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