How to Find Cheap Flowers

By Mackenzie Wright

  • Overview

    Whether you are planning a wedding, giving a gift or just enjoy a fresh-cut bouquet of flowers sitting on your table, flowers can take a nice chunk out of any budget. Flowers can be expensive, but if you're willing to hunt and be creative, there are bargains to be had.
    How to Find Cheap Flowers
  • Where to Look

    • Step 1

      Go to a farmers market or weekend flea market at the end of the day of business if you are just looking to keep flowers around the house, or want a small bouquet to give to someone. At the end of the day when merchants are packing up, they want to bring home as few things as possible. Flowers are something they are especially eager to be rid of as they know they won't keep until the next weekend. If they have any flowers left, chances are they will already be marked down by the last hour, or they will be open to negotiations.


    • Step 2

      Search the Internet for a good bargain if you have time for delivery. There is a lot more competition on the Internet than for local florists who have high overhead prices. While you are searching for flowers you like, don't forget to search for coupons.
    • Step 3

      Look in your local mega-mart. These stores often have flowers much cheaper than florists. If you're planning an event, talk to the manager of the store about ordering in larger quantities. She can probably get you a better deal.
  • Money-Saving Options

    • Step 1

      Choose seasonal flowers. If you wish to use flowers as centerpieces or decorations, instead of looking for the most exotic and popular types, look for simple yet beautiful flowers that are available in abundance. Just as with produce, buying flowers in season is a lot cheaper than buying ones specially grown out of season.
    • Step 2

      Opt for flowering plants rather than cut flowers if you just want flowers in your home or to give as a gift. Not only are plants usually cheaper than cut flowers, but they will last a lot longer so that you will not have to replace them as frequently.
    • Step 3

      Make your own arrangements. Part of the expense of floral bouquets and centerpieces is the work that goes into creating them. Buy the flowers and equipment to arrange them yourself.
    • Step 4

      Contact a teacher of floral arranging classes at a college or botanic gardens if you feel you do not possess the skill to do your own arrangements. If you provide the flowers and supplies, you might get him to take it on as a class project for free. If not, perhaps he can recommend to you some of his best students who will be willing to do the job for you for a lot less than a professional would charge.
    • Skill: Easy

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