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Roses are red, violets are cheaper: Save on flowers

  • HLN's personal finance expert Jennifer Westhoven helps amp up your 'romantic cred'
  • Hint: Roses that aren't red are usually less expensive

Before you make that last-minute dash for Valentines’s Day flowers, take a second and do a little research -- it could save you some cash and score you some points with your Smoochie.

Find out if there's a wholesale flower dealer in your area. Sometimes, after the retailers have had first pick, they’ll let regular people in to shop and you can save a bundle! 

If you end up at your neighborhood flower shop, you can still save by going with a rose of a different color. Maybe pink is your Honey-bunny’s favorite color. Roses that are any color other than red are usually less expensive on Valentine’s Day. 

Or, if you really want to be original, dig a little deeper and find out your love’s favorite flower. Who says you have to give roses on Valentine’s day? Varieties of lily, gerbera daisy, hydrangea, iris and tulips are all in season, but not as in demand as roses on February 14. If your Sweet-ums loves any of those, you could score a big, beautiful bouquet for less.

Finally, HLN personal finance expert Jennifer Westhoven says a best-selling, book club favorite called “The Language of Flowers” could be “your key to a super, super romantic flower gift that can cost you a lot less on Valentine’s day.”

The book contains an index that lists all the flowers you can think of (and tons you couldn’t possibly imagine) and the meanings behind them. For example:

  • The Lisianthus means "appreciation"
  • The peach blossom means "I am your captive"
  • Stephanotis means "Happiness in marriage"

“I’m sure you’re going to find one,” Westhoven says, “that has something in it that’s part of your special relationship.” Not only will buying something other than roses probably save you some money, it will also give you a sweet story to tell, and show your Puddin’ that you went the extra mile. Westhoven says doing so “will give you great romantic cred.” And couldn’t we all use a little of that!?

Download this PDF: Victoria’s Dictionary of Flowers -- for a list of flower names and their meanings.

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