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Budget savvy Mother's Day blooms: How to save on Mother's Day flowers

By DealPro(view all posts by Ryan.Preston)
at 10:00AM Monday May 6, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

With Mother's Day quickly approaching, you might be wondering how you can really impress Mom this year while being mindful of your budget at the same time. After all, Mom taught you to save your pennies right? So, make her proud this Mother's Day with something colorful and fresh while still saving some cash in the process.

If Mom loves flowers, and I am pretty sure it's a rule that all mom's do, you can't go wrong with giving your mother fresh flowers on Mother's Day! Fresh flowers are fragrant, visually appealing, and make her feel so special. Luckily, you don't need to go broke buying your mom a nice arrangement this year. Instead, follow these tips to make sure you know how to save on Mother's Day flowers.

How to Save on Mother's Day Flowers


1. Buy what's in season
This tip is often overlooked, but is one of the smartest! Throughout the month of May, you'll find that tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths are all in season. Since all three of these varieties are in season during the month of May they will be more budget friendly. Flowers that aren't in season will cost a lot more. Try to avoid roses, lilies, and exotics.

2. See it in person
Typically, florists also are more costly than a grocery or discount chain store. You can find flowers that are just as fresh at these grocery and chain stores at a fraction of the cost. Plus, you can see them first hand and know exactly what you're getting! Of course, if mom lives out of town, you'll have to use a delivery service. So, trust a well-known online retailer such as ProFlowers to find exactly what you are looking for.

3. Avoid fancy and exotic blooms
They are so pretty, but exotic blooms will always cost you more. They cost more to transport and that cost is passed on to consumers. So instead, look to buy flowers that grow locally in your area. They'll be more friendly for your budget and will get you more blooms for your buck. If Mom is truly in love with an exotic variety, try several of the big online delivery services such as 1-800-Flowers for great deals on exotic flowers shipped.

4. Consider potted plants
Potted bulb varieties are just as beautiful and put on quite a display for less. Potted varieties such as tulips can be saved and replanted and last year after year. Give your recipient instructions on how to transfer their bulb outdoors when it is done growing so they can enjoy it for years to come. Potted plants can be a cheaper alternative to flowers as well. Consider an herb or aloe plant this Mother's Day instead which are both functional and beautiful.

5. Use your own vase
Thrift stores and dollar stores sell bud vases and flowers bases by the dozen for just a dollar or two. Buy your flowers fresh cut and then put them in your own vase. You can save up to $10! Some online retailers offer free vases during the Mother's Day season, so be sure to check those out and see what might be available to you for free.

6. Grab a free card
Look for the freebies given out by florists and flower shops. Many floral departments offer free greeting cards and novelty picks with your purchase. They add more bang for your buck and save you from having to buy such accessories.

7. Make them last
Once you have your flowers, do everything you can to make them last. By adding a crushed aspirin to the water of your bouquet, it will help them remain in bloom longer.

See how easy it is to save on Mother's Day? By following these simple strategies, you'll be able to give your mom a fresh arrangement that she will love and that will last. Why not treat her to a nice dinner with all of the money you just saved? It's sure to make it a fun and frugal Mother's Day that you both can enjoy!

Ryan Preston is the founder of Ultimate Coupon Club, a frugal living blog helping others learn how to live well and save more – all while having fun! He is also a Savings.com DealPro and teaches Savings Nation workshops in New Jersey that help people learn how to save up to 50% off their grocery bills.

(Source: Savings.com)