Thursday, July 31, 2008

How to Afford to Send Roses on Valentine's Day

Roses are the classic romantic gift for Valentine's Day, but they can be pricey. Luckily, there are several affordable ways you can send roses and still get your loved one something special.

Buy individual flowers from the florist if you can't afford an arrangement. It's less expensive to make a bouquet yourself. Cut the flowers on an angle and immediately place them in water. Alternately, wrap the bottom of the stems in a wet paper towel and store them in the refrigerator to keep them fresh.

Place the individual flowers in an old vase or container. You could also forgo the vase altogether to save money. Wrap an inexpensive ribbon around your vase or bouquet to make it more personal and polished. Try making a tussie mussie for a unique gift.

Send a bud vase instead of a bouquet. You can send a single rose in an inexpensive small vase. You can often find bud vases at discount stores.

Sign up for newsletters at your favorite online florists. They will often send coupons before holidays like Valentine's Day. Look for roses in simple or plastic containers. Getting a nicer vase could add significantly to your overall costs. Order fewer roses or combine a single rose with other flowers to make ordering online less expensive.

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