Fresh flowers make your home look beautiful and they make you happy…but they can also be pretty damn expensive. If you buy a $5 Whole Foods bouquet here, a $10 bunch of lilies from the farmer’s market there, then all of a sudden you’ve spent over $500 in a year on flowers (that will, sadly, die).
To keep fresh blooms in your house without breaking the bank, try this trick:
When you’re buying an arrangement in the store, choose one that hasn’t reached full potential yet. If a bouquet has a few unopened buds, it will last longer, saving you money.
If there are several tightly shut green buds, skip that arrangement. Green buds mean they weren’t given time to mature before they were cut and will probably die before they open. But, if the buds look like they’ll open up in a day or two, grab that bouquet!
For more tips on keeping those babies alive once they’re in your home, read Prolong the Life of Fresh Flowers.