6 Ways To Save Money On Valentine Roses
By: Amy Cunningham
While most companies want you to believe that spending more money shows more love, they're flat out wrong. For the budget-conscious, Valentine's Day may seem like a nightmare, particularly when it comes to buying Valentine's Day roses, but it doesn't have to be that way! Read on for some great penny-pinching tips to help you select beautiful and romantic valentine roses without emptying out your wallet.
The size of the bouquet will make a huge difference in cost. If you're looking to save money, stick with the traditional dozen roses rather than the more elaborate and expensive two and three dozen rose bouquets.
Another way to save money on the bouquet and still give your partner gorgeous Valentines Day roses is to give a bouquet that incorporates a beautiful mixture of both roses and other flowers. Because roses are in high demand around Valentines Day, the premium placed on them is often high. By incorporating other flowers, you'll save a bundle while still expressing your love.
Lastly, you could give your sweetie a single, long-stemmed rose instead of a huge bouquet. While this may sound cheap, it's actually incredibly romantic. Giving a single rose (of any color) says in the most simplistic way, "I Love You".
The color of rose that you choose makes all the difference in your bouquet, both in what it says and expresses and in the price that you pay. While red roses traditionally express love and passion, particularly on Valentine's Day, each rose color has its own special meaning and expression to share. While some of the rarer colors may actually be more expensive than the traditional red, less popular - though equally romantic - colors could save your a bundle this Valentine's Day. For instance, purple and blue roses, which do not occur naturally in nature, tend to be more expensive, while yellow roses tend to be better for the budget conscious.
If you're looking to save money on Valentines roses, the first rule is to make sure that you place your order early. Valentines Day and the days just before are often hectic for florists. Although most florists accept last minute orders with timely delivery, prices also tend to rise the closer we get to the holiday. You've likely heard the phrase that the early bird catches the worm. Well, this applies to the floral industry as well, particularly when it comes to popular flower giving holidays like Valentine's Day. If you wait until the last minute, you risk not being able to get the bouquet you want and you'll most likely pay a premium.
Additionally, pay attention to the actual delivery date. Often times, florists are so overwhelmed on Valentine's Day that they impose an additional delivery fee for the day. If you had your bouquet delivered the day before Valentine's Day, you could save quite a bit.
If you find yourself short on cash, many grocery stores have floral sections and they tend to stock up on roses around Valentines Day. While even retailers have inflated prices around Valentine's Day, they're likely to be much less expensive than purchasing from a traditional florist. Mass merchandisers such as Wal-Mart and Target and warehouse clubs such as Sam's Club and Costco often have Valentine's Day floral sections at affordable prices. The key here is to shop around for the best price and to search through the offerings for a quality bouquet.
If you want to cut your costs even further, you can purchase individual long stem roses and create your own arrangement. Some florists will run specials with unused flowers and you may be able to pick some gorgeous flowers to create a unique and romantic bouquet.
When it comes to ordering Valentine roses online, the key is to watch for specials and deals. Visit your favorite florists frequently (we recommend ProFlowers and 1-800-flowers) as prices can fluctuate from time to time. Additionally, make use of coupon codes offered during the holiday ordering season. Lastly, keep an eye out for extras. For instance, ProFlowers will often include free gourmet chocolates and a free vase with your bouquet.
While you may scoff at the idea of silk flowers initially, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the pure beauty of these bouquets. In recent years, silk flowers have been significant strides in quality and these affordable flowers can save you a bundle. While they lack the aroma of real roses, they make up for it in longevity. Check your local craft store or our favorite, SilkFlowers.com for beautiful flowers and great deals.