Do you love flowers but think you can’t afford them? Today we’re sharing our top 5 tips for decorating with flowers on a budget!
As much as I love a stunning and complicated floral arrangement, that isn’t really something I gravitate to. That’s fine for a hotel lobby or an elegant wedding, but at home I prefer things a little simpler.
And lucky for me, that also equals cheaper! 😉
One of the questions I get asked the most on Instagram is how to decorate with flowers on a budget, so today I thought I’d share some of my best tips. It’s actually easier than you think!
Let me clarify. None of these are earth-shattering secrets. But, they are the things that work for me. You see, for years I never bought fresh flowers at all! It’s kind of hard to believe, even for me, but they always seemed like such an extravagance. However, because they are something that I love so much, I found a way to make it work for me!
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Tip One: Set a Budget
Okay, this may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do this! You must set a budget. If fresh flowers are something you want in your life on a regular basis, then you need to set an amount that you want to spend on them. And it is entirely up to you.
One person might spend $50 a week and be comfortable with that, while someone else may only have $5 a week to spend. This needs to be an amount you’re comfortable with.
When I first decided to buy flowers on a regular basis, I knew I needed to stay within a budget. So I started looking at some of the things I could do without.
If you think you can’t afford it, perhaps think of something else you buy that you could give up. Do you get weekly manicures that could be reduced to every other week? Or are you a Starbucks junkie who buys coffees almost daily? Those little “extras” can really add up. Just cutting those down some could provide you with fresh flowers every week!
Tip Two: Buy in Season
Another thing that helps you to save money is to buy what’s in season. Sure, Whole Foods has peonies in December, but they’re a fortune! If you stick with what’s in season, it’s always going to be more affordable.
I love peonies, but because of their price, I only buy them in the spring. Same with ranunculus. One great place to get amazing prices on flowers that are in season is at a farmer’s market. If you have any locally, they are frequently a great budget choice for fresh flowers.
These people are small businesses, which I love supporting. And they only carry what’s growing now – they aren’t shipping tulips from the Netherlands in May! Also, if you go late in the day they’ll often barter and give you better prices because they’re trying to lighten the load they take home (much like a flea market).
And sometimes you can even develop a relationship with them. There’s one sweet older gentleman I buy from and he sells roses. Last week when I went to buy two dozen, he gave me two dozen more – for free!
Tip Three: Buy at the Grocery Store
If you can’t find a farmer’s market where you are, or you simply can’t get there every week, try the local grocery store. It’s amazing what they carry nowadays! Their flowers are reasonably priced, and sometimes they even have a clearance section with some that are drastically marked down.
And of course if you have a Trader Joe’s near you, then you’re really in luck! Trader Joe’s has hands-down the best prices out there (second only to a farmer’s market). Their flowers are gorgeous, affordable, and they carry a pretty great selection most of the time. I’ve had great luck getting the majority of my flowers there and it’s definitely the first place I usually stop.
Tip Four: Don’t Forget Flowering Plants
Probably one of the best ways to decorate with flowers on a budget is to buy flowering plants. There are several containers in my home that are long and low and I can’t really do fresh cut flowers in them, so I buy flowering plants instead.
And even if they are $10 rather than the $5 I typically spend on cut stems, they still save me money in the long run. I often buy two $10 hydrangeas and put them in the antique urn in my dining room and if they last three months, I’m way ahead of the game. That’s only about $7 per month for gorgeous live flowers! A win-win for sure!
Tip Five: Go Outside
This may be the biggest budget tip yet! If flowers are important to you and you can’t afford to buy them, then get them from your yard. By planting roses, peonies, hydrangeas or any of the other popular flowers in the stores, you will have your own regular supply – all on a budget!
The great thing about having flowers growing in your yard is that the only money you’ll spend is your initial investment. After that, every flower is free!
We have a ton of iceberg roses growing in our front yard, yet until last year, I never clipped them to bring inside! Then last spring I was doing a tablescape for the blog and didn’t have time to go get flowers. I decided to grab my clippers and brought some roses inside.
I couldn’t believe I had never done that before! Iceberg roses are rather floppy, floribunda types so I had never thought of putting them in a vase, but they looked great, and they lasted for over a week!
I hope you found this helpful and that it inspires you to bring some fresh flowers into your own home! Decorating with flowers on a budget can easily be achieved by utilizing some, or all, of these tips.
Whether it’s a splurge on some peonies, a bunch of grocery store flowers, or even a flowering plant, flowers can bring so much joy! They can brighten up a whole room, and can even lighten a mood. To me, the psychological and emotional benefits are well worth the investment.
I’d much rather spend my extra money on flowers than on a Starbucks!
You can see more tips all about styling flowers in my How to Decorate with Flowers: Six Easy & Stylish Tips!
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Beautiful and helpful blog.
Thanks so much Kathy! So glad you stopped by!
Your ideas of the different containers/vases/jars, etc., are very inspirational! I’ve had luck finding some at HomeGoods, too. Granted, I shop there at least 2-3 a week, and only on Tues-Thurs., mid-day, when merchandise is put out and and very few shoppers at the store, lol.
I love fresh flowers and Trader Joe’s is my go to for my indulgence. I also cut many herbs from my garden, and I think adding them extends the life of fresh flowers when I use them in an arrangement. I also change the water every day and snip off the ends a wee bit which helps to keep them fresh. I also get trimmings from shrubs when my hubby shapes them, so for me there are many possibilities. Having flowers in my home are instant mood changers. 💕
French Flower Farm says
Greens for fillers add texture and interest. Here in southern California we have rows of eucalyptus growing along the roadside. I also have evergreen oaks, leather leaf ferns and laurus nobils as hedges in my yard. Rosemary (the upright Tuscan blue variety) smells lovey and adds an interesting texture. In the spring, Walmart often has flowering bulbs for half the price of Trader Joe’s.
Afton Jackson says
Your suggestions on what flower pots to use to keep decorations within a budget were really helpful. With how much I want to commit to buying a new house, having a budget-friendly way to decorate it with my favorite things in the world, which are flowers, is very nice.
I’m so glad my ideas provided you with some inspiration! Thanks for stopping by!
Karen J. Cromwell says
I love your blog and have stole many of your ideas. Have also purchased many of your suggestions.
Do you put vases inside your containers?
Hi Karen and thank you so much! And yes, some of them I do. Especially the vintage urns and old buckets as most of them I don’t trust not to leak on my furniture! New vases or glass ones I leave alone, obviously.
thanks for stopping by and for your kind words!
Beautiful post full of inspiration and great tips.
Flowers all flowers always brighten dark days
they are medicine to Our soul! How quickly
Our lives were compromised In so little time!
Flowers indeed are needed now more
Than ever…thank you for sharing.
Be safe and stay well.
What a lovely comment – thank you so much!! I couldn’t agree more. It’s a trying time for sure, and the comforts of home (including fresh flowers) are a balm for the soul.
I’m truly touched by your comment and am so glad you enjoyed the post 🙂
Fresh flowers are almost always on my grocery list and its fun to add some from my garden when I can. Unfortunately there are still snow banks here but I did see a bit of a green bulb pushing through yesterday. Can’t wait!
I’m so sorry you still have snow – but here’s to some warmth (and blooms!) soon. thanks so much for stopping by!
Beautiful, Sheila! I agree, I’d much rather spend money on flowers than a coffee. It’s a great idea to add it to your weekly budget!
Yes, me too! I finally made it part of my budget and am so glad I did!
Such great tips! This was a feast for my eyes!
Aww you’re a doll! Thank you Cami – hope you’re hanging in there my friend!
KariAnne Wood says
Yes! I’d so much rather spend money on flowers! Your photography is stunning1
Aww thank you so much my friend! And yes, flowers are essential 🙂
Holly Johnson says
This is such great information, Sheila, and I concur! Lovely post!
Thanks so much Holly – I so appreciate it!
Stay safe and well 🙂
I adore flowers and wish I could have multiple bouquets around the house everyday. Your ideas were fantastic and love all of your photos. So beautiful. Thanks!
I feel exactly the same way Cindy! They add so much to life, don’t they?
Thanks so much for your kind words and for stopping by!