Season of Savings: Find great deals to send flowers for the holidays

Some of you might choose to stay home for the winter holidays this year and send flowers instead.

During our 2020 Season of Savings, we are showing you how you can spend a lot and spend a little.

If you’re looking to send flowers, start with discount sites such as Groupon or LivingSocial.

Through Groupon, ProFlowers and Florists’ Transworld Delivery (FTD) are offering deals for half price or more. We saw prices at $15 for a $30 value.

On LivingSocial, ProFlowers and TeleFlora are also more than half price. We saw prices at $12 or $13 for a $30 value.

To stack the savings, check to see if your credit card or debit cards offer rewards.

Websites including Rakuten and RetailMeNot also offer cash-back rebates. Rakuten is currently offering 15% back on ProFlowers and 10% on TeleFlora flowers.

“Business has been tremendous,” said Jean Marie Rakich, the general manager of Fort Myers Florist.

Rakich says this past Thanksgiving was one of her busiest.

“A lot of people cannot be here personally,” she said. “They are sending flowers.”

Rakich says, to save even more, ask what’s in season.

“Those flowers are cheaper because they don’t have to bring them in,” Rakich explained.

Rakich says her store is equipped to send arrangements the day of purchase for those ordering fresh flowers, such as roses, carnations, palms and more. But she recommends customers plan ahead around the holidays if possible.

Reminders: Those visiting websites such as Groupon should read the fine print. Check out fees from big flower delivery services. It might be cheaper to call a florist directly.

For anyone who needs a lot of flowers, Costco sells 50 roses for $40. BJ’s sells 50 stems for $46, and Sam’s Club sells 50 for $50. Keep in mind they’re showing up in a cardboard box, and you must do the arrangements yourself.

Editor’s note: The deals mentioned in our story are subject to change and can double in price. 

Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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