What was included in the featured arrangement:
One pack of fern fronds (on clearance for $1.50)
Two packs of assorted greenery (on clearance for 50 cents each!)
One pack of white europoms ($6)
One pack of white alstroemeria ($4)
One assorted bouquet with white roses, pink spray roses, dark pink alstroemeria ($8)
Clear vase ($4)
Total spend: $24.50 + tax
Always check the clearance section in the floral department. You can often find excellent deals for under $5. Be sure to inspect the flowers carefully to make sure they still have life left in them.
Timing is everything - check with the flower department manager to see what day(s) they get new shipments in for the freshest selection. This is likely the same day they markdown flowers as well, which means first dibs on the clearance section!
Don't skip the food packets - if not already included with the flowers, flower food packets are typically available in the floral department and they make a huge difference in the life of your flowers.
Monochromatic arrangements tend to look more expensive, so stick with the same color family, or simple white with lush greenery, for a richer look.
Think outside the box on containers - most grocery stores carry inexpensive vases for $3-7, but you can also check the glassware section for non-traditional containers.
Water is key - as soon as you get your flowers home, be sure to put them in water until you are ready to arrange them.
Trim off excess leaves and trim stem ends - leaves below the water line will promote bacteria and cut the life of your flowers short.
Use flower food packets and change water daily - dump out water each day and add fresh water with a food packet dissolved in it.
Be cool - if gifting flowers, be sure to store them in the fridge until they are ready to be gifted.