Now that Valentine’s Day is almost here, it’s got everyone thinking about flowers. Getting flowers for your loved one is a hallmark of this holiday of love, but it can be quite costly. Whether you’re buying them for yourself or someone you care about, here are some tips to save on
— Additional reporting by Macy Williams
1. Make your own
You can always go the DIY route
and make your flowers out of creative everyday items like tape and old
book pages for an eco- and budget-conscious move. These handmade flowers
will not only save your wallet, but they are also a unique and creative
2. Time it
Having the flowers delivered the day before and not on Valentine’s Day can be a lot cheaper, so check to see if there is
a difference in cost. Buying flowers the day after can be a lot more
affordable as well, so you might want to wait a little.
3. Artificial flowers
If you’re not the DIY sort, then you
can always purchase artificial flowers, whether made of plastic or some
other material. They tend to be a lot cheaper and last longer as well.
4. In-season flowers
Flowers that are in season tend to be cheaper than those that aren’t, so consider visiting your local florist
to get the details. Some in-season flowers include orchids, jasmine,
hyacinth, anemones, and waxflowers.
5. Mix up the colors, flowers, and sizes
Don’t go the
traditional red, long-stemmed roses route, because they will be
overpriced. Instead, mix up the colors and opt for other types of
flowers. And if you’re insistent on getting a red rose, who says a dozen
roses is more romantic than a single elegant rose?
6. Go grocery shopping
Check out your local grocery stores, discount chain shops, and superstores like Costco for flowers. If the
packaging or arrangement of the flowers looks cheap, then deconstruct
the bouquet and arrange them so that they’ll look more chic.
7. Potted plants
Get your loved one a potted plant, like an
orchid, so she can watch it grow, while you save money. It’s a great
alternative because you’re giving a one-of-a-kind gift that can keep on
growing — a living testament of your love.
8. Use greenery
Instead of flowers, consider using greenery to amp up your bouquets. It’s a refreshing take on the traditional
9. Skip the vase
The cost of a vase can tack on more than $20 to the total price of your bouquet. Skip the store-bought vase, and use
your own. If you don’t have a vase, then be creative and use something
lying around the house, be it an old wine bottle, mason jar, or tin can.
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