Mother’s Day is only a week away, which means it is time to start thinking about a Mother’s Day gift. Flowers are always a popular gift for Mother’s Day, so I thought I would share a few tips on how to save money when buying flowers for Mother’s Day or any occasion. I separated the tips into buying online or buying in person, because the tips are very different. I always prefer to buy flowers in person, but since my family lives too far away, that isn’t an option for me.
How to save money on flowers online
Buy flowers through Ebates. Ebates is an online rebate site that gives shoppers a rebate by shopping through their portal. Ebates has an arrangement with many online companies to host coupons and special offers through their site. On top of the savings from special deals, you also get a rebate with each purchase. Rebates commonly range from 1% – 20%, depending on the store or item. Flowers are a popular rebate item!
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Shop around online. You can find a ton of great deals online – all you need to do is look around for some great offers. Buying flowers online is a great option for people like me who live far away from most of their family. Some great online options for buying flowers include:
How to save money on flowers at a florist shop
Get to know your florist. Being a loyal and frequent customer can get you great deals throughout all seasons, especially if you get to know your florist personally. Get in the habit of asking if the florist has any flowers that are “past their prime.” Most of these flowers can no longer be sold for full price because they will only be fresh for a couple more days. Since they are likely bound for the trash, you can probably get them for a song. I don’t recommend giving these as gifts, but if you are in the habit of buying these kinds of floral arrangements from your florist and you have an established relationship, you are much more likely to get a discount when you need a nice bouquet for a gift.
Buy seasonal flowers. Many flowers are less expensive when they are in season. You can save a lot of money if you go to the florist with a color scheme in mind instead of a particular flower. Giving the florist the option to choose the exact flowers can save you alt of money.
Reuse vases or baskets. You can save a lot of money by reusing vases, baskets, or other presentation items. You can also consider buying your own and bringing it to the florist if you don’t have one at home.
Ask for arrangements with larger flowers. Larger flowers create a striking arrangement, but often require fewer stems per bouquet, which can cut the price.
Order early. The earlier you place your order, the easier it will be for the florist or flower company to plan and fill your order. If you wait until the last minute, you will probably find prices up to 30-40% higher than if you would have ordered earlier. This usually applies with both online shopping and buying flowers at a florist.
Ask for a discount. You probably won’t be able to get a discount from a big box retailer like Wal-Mart or your local grocery store, but you may be able to receive a discount from your local florist. It helps if you have an already established relationship.
Use coupons. You can often find coupons on the back of receipts, in your local paper, or online.
More Mother’s Day gift ideas: