Morning Money Matters: Saving Money on Valentine's Day

News 12 This Morning; February 10, 2009

Flowers are the most popular Valentine's Day gift, and they can be expensive, so I went in search of ways you can save some cash this year.
Here's what I found.

Do the roses have to be red? Do they have to be white or pink? If you're willing to try something a little unconventional, you could save some serious cash. Experts say can save a bundle if you go for yellow, peach, or lavender roses. You'll also impress her (or him) by looking unique.

Another way to save some money is to buy your own vase, tie a pretty ribbon around it, and arrange the flowers yourself. You can spend even less if you skip roses all-together when arranging. Carnations, daises, pansies, orchids, or lilies look great. Oh, and you won't have to worry about florists running out of those.

If you are set on red roses, go for simple elegance. Buy one, long-stemmed rose. Tie a ribbon on it.

If you go with a florist arrangement, ask about the delivery fee. If there's one - deliver it yourself.

Lastly, if you're one of those types who doesn't like flowers because they eventually wilt and turn brown, try a plant. Give your sweetie something she, or he, can actually put it in the ground or keep in a nice pot.

Whatever you do, remember, it's the thought that counts. not how much you spend.


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