Buying fresh flowers every few weeks can quickly add up. They can cost up to $10. If you buy them every week, that’s $520 a year. I like having flowers in my home because they liven up the place, but that’s a lot of money! You don’t have to have a green thumb to save money on flowers. I share my tips below.
- Buy flowers in season – Like produce, the best deals can be found on flowers that are readily available. FreshRoses.com is a site I like to check to find out what’s in season. Shopping for rare flowers will only jack up the price.
- Shop at your flower district – Once in a while, I like to hit up the flower district in LA. You can find all types of flowers at affordable prices. Many cities have similar districts. Ask around to see if your city has a flower district.
- Avoid the middle man – Don’t have a flower district in your town? Buy your flowers from the growers at your local farmers market. Unless it’s a mom and pop shop, skipping the florist will cut cost as you won’t have to pay for their high surcharge.
- Make your own flower arrangements – Arranging flowers in a vase is not a science. It’s quite simple once you get the hang of it. Though, it does take some sensibility. For starters, look for flower arrangements online and copy them. Once you get the hang of what flowers work well with others you can skip this step.
- Stick to one type of flower – Displays with one type of flower look chic and contemporary. They’ll also save you a bundle. You can arrange them yourself in a shallow vase to make them look fuller.
- Ask for arrangements with larger flowers. If you have longer vases, shop or ask for fuller flowers like hydrangeas. They’ll require fewer stems per bouquet, which can cut the price.
- Stretch the life of the bouquet – One problem with flowers is they die fast. Real Simple shows you how to keep flowers fresh longer. Hint: you don’t need aspirin.
- Choose potted flowers or plants – These last longer and won’t die as easily as cut flowers as long as you take care of them. I have a small ivy plant on my desk. It helps clean the air.
- Buy before the peak of holidays – Avoid buying right around holidays when flowers are highly sought after like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s. Prices are always inflated during this time. If you must buy flowers during this time, do it a couple days before or after the holiday.
I love orchids. They’re beautiful flowers. What are your favorite flowers? How do you save money on them?