VALENTINE’S Day is less than a month away, which means you might be starting to plan the perfect romantic date.
Roses are a Valentine’s Day classic, but with so many options it’s hard to know where to start.
Where to get the best roses on a budget this Valentine’s DayCredit: Getty – Contributor
Prices range massively with small bunches starting from just £1.99 at Aldi, while the cheapest bunch we could see at Interflora coming in at £48.
It’s well worth shopping around as you can get very similar bunches with the same number of stems and colours for different costs.
To make things even more complicated, prices vary depending on when you order your roses.
Somewhat surprisingly, they’re at their cheapest on Valentine’s Day itself as supermarkets and florists look to shift leftover stock.
The concern with this approach is that you’re relying on there being attractive bunches left on the shelf.
Being more organised means you can plan your finances better and be safe in the knowledge that your flowers will arrive on time.
If you’re looking for a great deal, supermarkets are the cheapest place to go, but you might end up compromising on quality.
High street retailers tend to sell short-stemmed “sweetheart” roses, which don’t last as long – while florists have bouquets with long stems and bigger heads.
If money is tight, don’t panic – we’ve rounded up the cheapest roses we could find online this year. Here’s our pick of the best.
Where to find the cheapest bunches of roses
- Aldi – last year Aldi had the cheapest roses on offer with bunches of 10 blooms available from just £1.99. The discounter hasn’t officially launched it’s Valentine’s Day offerings this year, but the promotional page suggests you’ll be able to get 12 blooms for £1.99 – less than 17p a rose.
- Asda – last year Asda was selling bunches of roses for £2. The supermarket hasn’t announced 2021 plans yet – but there is a Valentine’s Day page that you can keep checking for deals and offers.
- Sainsbury’s – is selling bunches of 10 sweetheart roses for £2.50 on its website at the moment. It also has a ‘bouquet’ of 10 roses available for just £3. You can also get a bouquet of mixed colour roses for £10.
- Morrisons – The only roses currently available on Morrisons at the moment are a bouquet for £5. It doesn’t say how many stems you get, but there are 13 in the product picture.
- Tesco – Tesco has a Valentine’s Day page up, but it’s not showing prices for flowers yet this year. Last year, the supermarket was selling a dozen red roses for £5, but they were only available in store.
- BloomPost – BloomPost is selling letterbox roses, perfect for a romantic delivery in coronavirus times. The boxes cost £14.99 for 13 stems and come in a variety of colours.
- eFlorists – there’s a huge range of roses available at eFlorist and the retailer even has some discounts at the moment. The cheapest bouquet we could find was 12 roses for £18.99 reduced from £22.99.
- Funky Pigeon – Funky Pigeon also has a dozen letterbox roses available costing just £19.99.
- M&S has lots of different roses options on its website meaning you should be able to find the perfect bunch for your other half. The cheapest version at the moment is £20 for a Spring Rose Abundance Bouquet – and that comes with a whopping 30 blooms.
- Moonpig – At the moment, Moonpig is only showing four options when it comes to Valentine’s Day flowers, but more may be added as the day approaches. The cheapest roses currently available is a 14cm rose plant for £22, which also comes with a box of Thornton’s chocolates.
- Waitrose – Waitrose has its own florist which means you’ll definitely find roses available for Valentine’s Day. At the moment, the cheapest deal available is 12 red roses for £25.
- Interflora – Interflora already has a large selection of roses available for pre-order on its website. The cheapest bunch we could find of guaranteed roses costs a whopping £48 per dozen.
We will keep checking back with retailers and update this list as more Valentine’s Day deals become available.
What to do if you aren’t happy with your flowers
There’s nothing worse than disappointing flowers, but if yours aren’t at the quality you expect, you might be able to get your money back.
Consumer group Which? advises you take the following steps to get a refund:
- Take a picture as evidence of poor condition or damage to your flowers as this will help support your complaint.
- If a loved one or friend has sent you flowers that have arrived in a poor condition or late, make sure you tell them. Otherwise the retailer may say they can’t access the order information and won’t resolve the problem.
- If you order a specific number of flowers but fewer than this amount are delivered to you, you’re entitled to a partial refund for the missing flowers.
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