Best deals on Valentine’s Day roses

Savvy Southerner

BATON ROUGE, La. (BR Proud) — It’s a thorny issue. People want to express their love for Valentine’s Day, but also keep cost under control and due to high demand around the holiday, the price of roses can increase more than 200%.

One local high-end florist is charging more than $110 for one dozen roses in a designer vase. That’s before delivery charges and taxes. Naturally, the beauty and quality of a bouquet hand-built by a verified florist is superior to what one can find in a grocery store. But, where’s the balance?

Here, we share some of our favorite (and most affordable) options for roses in 2021.

Whole Foods Market has two dozen roses for $19.99. You must be a Prime member to get the price, otherwise you’ll pay $29.99. The flowers are also Whole Trade guaranteed, meaning the all-natural grocer ensures the workers picking the flowers (usually sourced from South America) receive better wages and working conditions. They also have one dozen long stem roses for the same price.

If you plan ahead, you can get the flowers delivered on Valentine’s Day for free. I suggest logging into your account the day prior which should allow you to choose a two-hour delivery window for the following day.

Delivery for Prime members is free when you spend $35. First time delivery orders can get $10 off a $50 order. You do run the risk however, of Whole Foods being sold out of roses, but you can always ask your shopper to choose a substitute.

Trader Joe’s sells one dozen roses around Valentine’s Day for $12.99. That’s an increase from $6.99 the rest of the year. If you’re super savvy, plan for next year and pick up the roses by Feb. 9, before the price increase.

Another deal at Trader Joe’s is the double dozen (24) tulip bouquet for $10.99. This is perfect for the mom figure in your life or daughters.

Sam’s Club stores are reportedly selling 18 roses for $15.98 in-store. Of course, you have to be a member, but it’s still one of the best deals in town.

Costco members can score a 50 rose bouquet for as low as $39.99 ahead of Valentine’s Day. Set a reminder in your phone for 2022 because you’ll need to order by the morning of Feb. 9 in order to get Feb. 12 delivery.

Walmart sells a three rose bouquet for $4.87. That’s an incredible price point, but it’s not the cheapest cost per stem. (Whole Foods has them beat by $0.79 per stem.)

Target’s offers same day delivery and free order pick-up. One dozen red roses are $22.49 on the company’s website.

One of the biggest differences found in bargain roses however, is the smell. The flowers may not smell as sweet as what one finds at a florist. That’s where RosePops becomes a heavy competitor.

Bear with me on this one. RosePops are new to the market, but offer a product that lasts up to one year. Yes, the roses are real and beautiful — don’t ask me how they do it.

Roses typically last one week, according to ProFlowers. On average, that means you’re paying $1.86 per day for one dozen roses from Trader Joe’s. A RosePops bouquet averages out to $0.44 per day — that’s less than one third the cost.

You also have the option of adding on a spray scent to refresh the smell of the roses over time. Provide an email and receive an additional 15% off your entire order. If you can’t score a RosePops bouquet for Valentine’s Day, they also make great birthday and Mother’s Day gifts.

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