In case you haven’t been paying attention to the barrage of ads, Mother’s Day is fast approaching – May 10. But don’t panic, I have got you covered on how to save money on Mother’s Day flowers. And, unless you are fortunate enough to hand deliver them (not me), you are going to pay a premium for service charges/delivery fees. Here’s what you can do.
First, before any online purchase, you should definitely hunt for a shopping portal that will pay you cash back or frequent flyer miles for your purchase. Today, I used Mr. Rebates because they were promoting 15% cash back and 5% off at 1-800-Flowers. Save money right off the bat with 20% off your total, essentially rebated to you. Ok, the somewhat hard part: get an idea of what you are looking for flower wise. Does you mom like tulips? Perfect. Keep that in mind when you are searching the big sites like FTD and 1-800 Flowers. Next, you are going to want to sort by price to get a starting point for what you are wiling to spend. There are definitely a few tricks employed by sites like FTD in terms of what are default prices for flowers. For example, what may look like $59.99 for tulips you really like might be for 30 of them. If you dig a little deeper, you can see that the same tulips can be bought for $39.99, for 15 of them.
Save money easily by searching by lowest price first
Got your flowers in mind? Great. Ok, here are the next few hurdles that will trip you up. Depending on what day of the week you are looking to have flowers delivered, the price definitely goes up. For example, send flowers on that Thursday before Mother’s Day and the service charge is less than what it would be if you were to have the flowers shipped on Saturday. Here’s a tip. Make yourself look better than your siblings by sending the flowers EARLY. Not only will you look good and save money, your Mother will love your initiative, and your siblings will be jealous of the attention you get.
Before pushing send on the order. It definitely pays to see what discounted gift cards might be available for purchase as well. In my experience form this morning, it was cheaper to buy from 1-800 Flowers because there were discounted gift cards available at Gift Card Granny. FTD had none. Tip: make sure the gift card is for online use. These come in the form of ecodes or egift vouchers and have a long string of numbers and a PIN to use. If you accidentally buy a physical, plastic gift card, it may not work online. Don’t forget to use the gift card when checking out.
Ok, I know you’re getting anxious, but were not done yet. With any online shopping, you also want to see if there are any promo or coupon codes available. This is pretty easy. Download the Coupons at Checkout or Honey plug ins and they will do the hard searching for you. I have discussed these apps before and they are phenomenal tools.
Last thing to keep in mind is providing your phone number as the “recipient.” This is because if there’s an issue with the order delivery, you don’t want your Mom to have to deal with it. It is possible to save money on flowers. Follow these tips and everyone will be happy!
Happy Mother’s Day!