How to Cut Costs When Buying Flowers

Make sure you get the most out of your flowers, whatever the occasion. From how to make them last, to making your own arrangements, read on to find out how to save.

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Whether you’re buying a beautiful bouquet for a special occasion, or simply looking for a way to help your home feel fresh and fragrant, the cost of flowers can easily add up. Read on to find out some of the best ways to cut costs when buying flowers so you can enjoy them for less. 

Purchase Flowers in Season

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It’s definitely worth doing a little bit of research into what flowers are in season during the month you are purchasing to ensure they look their best. If you’re purchasing for a special occasion like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, here are some flowers that are in season during February and March: 

  • Snowdrops
  • Carnations
  • Sweet Peas
  • Daffodils
  • Irises
  • Lillies
  • Tulips
  • Hyacinths
  • Peonies 
  • Orchids

Consider Supermarket Flowers

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Next time you take a trip to the supermarket to do your grocery shopping, check out their flower selection. Not only are bouquets generally more affordable at supermarkets, but they’re much more accessible too. 

What’s more, supermarkets typically have a great selection of flowers, whatever the occasion, and at a variety of prices too which means you can opt for whatever suits you and your budget best. 

Opt for Dried Flowers

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Dried flowers are a fantastic option when buying flowers, not only because they’re beautiful, but they are long-lasting and low maintenance too. Unlike fresh flowers, dried flowers do not require watering which means they look just as good, for half the hassle. 

Dried flowers typically last anywhere from one year to three years (if not more with extra care), so they’ll make a great addition to your home, helping to add a bit of freshness and colour to your space, for years to come. 

Shop Around

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Whether you’re shopping in person or online, it’s always a good idea to shop around first. Luckily, we’ve got a whole article dedicated to ways to save on fresh flower deliveries if that’s your preferred way to purchase flowers.

Keep an eye out for regular sales and discounts too so you can give someone the gift of flowers for less, especially during seasonal periods like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day when the price of flowers typically increases. 

Know How to Make Your Flowers Last

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Whatever flowers you prefer, it’s worth finding out how you can ensure they’ll last and still look just as fresh for weeks to come. If you don’t know the do’s and don’ts of maintaining your fresh flowers, read on to find out: 

Do:

  • Trim the stems by one or two inches at an angle to encourage water intake. 
  • Re-trim the stems every few days. 
  • Remove any leaves below the water line to prevent rotting. 
  • Top up water if needed with room temperature water. 
  • Add packets of flower food to your vase and mix well.
  • Clean your vase and change the water every few days. 

Don't: 

  • Display your flowers in direct sunlight. 
  • Display your flowers in warm rooms, or near appliances that generate heat.
  • Display your flowers near open windows or fans. 
  • Display your flowers near ripened fruit.

Go Wild Flower Picking

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Whether you’re looking for a cheap date night idea for Valentine’s Day or a simple way to make flowers more affordable, picking wildflowers is a great idea. As mentioned in our article on Valentine’s Gifts on a Budget, take your special someone out on a romantic walk and see what you can find. 

Not only is it a fun and free activity to do together, but you’re sure to end up with something just as unique as you. Some flowers to keep an eye out for include snowdrops, daffodils, primrose, violets, and marigolds. 

Make Your Own Flower Arrangements

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Next time you head to the supermarket look out for individual bunches of flowers. These tend to be more affordable than already-made bouquets, so if you’re up for having a go at making your own flower arrangements, opt for these instead. 

Utilise free apps like Pinterest for inspiration, or check out some online flower retailers like Blossoming Gifts, Bloom & Wild, and Bunches, to help give you some ideas of what looks good together, without having to spend a penny. 

Pick Flowers From Your Garden

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If you’re a keen gardener or you’re looking for a new hobby, why not kill two birds with one stone and try growing your own flowers? Don’t miss our handy article on the cheapest garden plants that look nice all year round so you can find out how to ensure your plants look good, whatever the weather and without breaking the bank. 

Go Non-Traditional During Seasonal Periods

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Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, you’ll probably want to steer clear of traditional flower arrangements such as red roses during this time of the year. While they are a beautiful, classy option, chances are they’ll be more costly than other options such as tulips, lilies, and sunflowers. 

Furthermore, if you and your partner are looking for non-romantic Valentine’s Day activities, why not go non-traditional with your flowers too?  

Opt for Long-lasting Flowers

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Preserve the special occasion for even longer by opting for long-lasting flowers. Some beautiful flowers that typically last longer than regular flowers include: 

  • Carnations (up to 2-3 weeks)
  • Chrysanthemums (up to 2-4 weeks)
  • Freesias (up to 10 days)
  • Sunflowers (up to 12 days)

What’s more, if you know how to make your flowers last, you’re sure to enjoy your bouquet for weeks to come. 

Use a Discount Code

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If your gift recipient or you have expensive taste, it’s always a good idea to have a look for discount codes before you make your purchase. 

At MyVoucherCodes, you can find over 190 live offers and discounts for flowers on brands like Moonpig, Blossoming Gifts, Serenata Flowers, Prestige Flowers, Bloom & Wild, and much more. Make sure to check back often so you don’t miss the chance to save up to 30% off your next purchase. 

Layla Al-Ani
Home & Garden Writer

I’m Layla, the home and garden editor, and I started working at MyVoucherCodes in November 2022. I have always loved to write, especially after getting my degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, and since getting my own place, I’ve gotten stuck into all things home and garden.

When I’m not writing about saving money on homely purchases, I’m either sitting with my head in a new book, painting a piece of art for my walls, or binge-watching an interior design programme on Netflix. I love to get inspiration and transform my space, usually with the help of a few Pinterest boards and a couple of tins of paint.