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    Former MSE Lawrence
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    The UK's cheapest dozen red roses for valentine's day.
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    • 4th Feb 08, 11:37 AM
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    The UK's cheapest dozen red roses for valentine's day. 4th Feb 08 at 11:37 AM
    Oh yes, Valentine's Day is descending upon us again, leaving thousands of men (and women) baffled and causing marketing people to gleefully rub their hands together. So, what to buy your loved one?

    If you're feeling a resolute lack of originality then you can't go wrong with the classic gift of a dozen red roses, but it's the thought that counts, so here's the cheapest deal...

    Cheapest In-store Roses At Major Retailers

    Morrisons - £2.50 (re-wrapping strongly recommended...)
    ASDA - £3 (if you can find the regular ones in red) or £8 ('extra special')
    Tesco - £4
    Sainsburys- £4.99
    Somerfield - £6

    Make supermarket roses look more special

    If you’re worried that supermarket roses don’t exactly scream romance, simply replace the packaging with some posh-looking wrapping paper, preferably more than five minutes before handing the flowers over...

    Red Roses delivered by courier

    If you want to impress with courier delivery, Asda Online has 12 red roses for £18 including delivery. Opting for tulips or 'non-red' roses cuts the cost further still.
    • ASDA - £18 (Now sold out)
    • Valueflora - £18.98 (Now sold out)
    • Tesco - £19.50 (late delivery only- up to 18th Feb)
    • M&S - £19.50 online-only offer. (Order by 5pm 13th for delivery - not guaranteed)
    • Sainsburys - £20, fairtrade roses. (Order by 3pm 13th for delivery - not guaranteed)
    • Interflora - £45
    Other Top Offers (Last order dates have now passed on these)

    I've focused on the supermarkets and main stockists above, and concentrated on delivery by courier rather than by mail. Yet there are a couple of others to consider if you don't mind catching the post.
    • Woolworths - A dozen red roses for £16, but delivered first class registered (so there's no date guarantee).
    • Waitrose Entertaining - 16 cerise roses in a pretty pink vase for £25 delivered, but must be ordered with a week's notice (so do it now!). You can also get a colossal 60 yellow roses for £30 if you order soon enough.
    Alternatives to flowers
    • Balloons By Post is a wonderful charity that offers great balloon-based presents and donates profits to help sick children.
    Can you find them cheaper?

    If you've spotted a cheaper deal, post where and how much below, and the best results will be included in next week's tip.

    MSE Lawrence

    Quick Note From Martin

    If you're looking for super-long stem or other specialist roses they're going to cost more. For the purposes of this thread, I asked Lawrence to focus on not breaking the bank rather than longevity. I'm sure some florists will come on here and berate us for doing so... if that happens please look at the title of the website and you'll understand why.

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    Last edited by Former MSE Lawrence; 12-02-2008 at 5:12 PM.
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    • UnlikelyButTrue
    • By UnlikelyButTrue 6th Feb 08, 10:29 PM
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    UnlikelyButTrue
    maybe some people wouldn't find it so traditional, but i think a plant is more romantic on valentines day than a cut flower...
    a plant will keep on growing whereas a flower will eventually die...
    it's more symbolic somehow...

  • dazed
    hi guys
    i was trying to find something different and stumbled across this for 2.99 it is a great gift, it arrived today and looks good! better than flowers that die after a week or so!

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=200197920087

    they even personalised it, and it still arrive next day.... looks like i spent more than 2.99! hehe he'll never know!
    Originally posted by Dibbles
    me too thanks

    But mine is a she will never know :P
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    • horsepills
    • By horsepills 6th Feb 08, 11:23 PM
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    horsepills
    maybe some people wouldn't find it so traditional, but i think a plant is more romantic on valentines day than a cut flower...
    a plant will keep on growing whereas a flower will eventually die...
    it's more symbolic somehow...
    Originally posted by UnlikelyButTrue
    What type of plant would you recommend?? I haven't a clue!
  • helloecho
    Not the 'cheapest in the UK' but I was looking for a local florist to deliver something to my beloved in Edinburgh, and found this: http://www.british-flower-delivery.co.uk/valentines-short-roses-hand-tied-p-617.html

    You actually save 10% on the stated bouquet price if you only require local delivery, plus when I registered they sent me a link to get £5 off my first order. Total cost being £22. Not the cheapest ever, but it does make a £40 bouquet affordable!

    Might be of use to someone in the Edinburgh area.

    Edited to add: Actually, they do still add delivery of £4 something even for local deliveries. Maybe not so great then! Sorry.
    Last edited by helloecho; 07-02-2008 at 8:56 AM.
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  • christoph84
    If you want to give somebody Roses for Valentines Day, i would rather give one Beautiful Long Stem Rose Rose from the Florist and Pay 4 or 5 for it than get a dozen roses that look ordinary. And i definitely avoid Supermarket Roses, most Women can see the difference.
    If you want to save money why don`t buy Asda Roses/Flowers during the Year. Just surprise Your Girlfriend/Wife with some nice flowers and show her that you love her even when there is no Valentines day?

    And a nice Dinner cooked buy yourself is probably more appreciated anyway. Decorate the Dining Table nice, a few Candles and i promise you both will remember that day.
  • sausagefans
    Cheap is good for me - well done to the supermarkets for driving down the cost of goods. If there are people prepared to work for next to nothing then let's use them; if we didn't then they would have nothing and surely that's worse than next to nothing??
    Originally posted by womble32
    I'm not sure the children forced into labour in third world countries in order to satisfy consumers ignorance about prices would agree?

    Sure I like a bargain but sometimes you've got to think "how can they do this for this price"? Remaindered stock is a nice bargain but two chickens for a fiver? Someone is getting turned over.

    Asda was alleged to have exploited banana growers to such an extent that it cost Sainsburys 22 million to match the price for a year. If you see exploitation as a positive thing than supermarkets are ideal.

    Don't get me wrong, I like saving money (I'm here after all!) but supermarkets have done massive damage to this country's farming and that of the World in general and its not about people being happy to work for little money.
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    • faerie_of_penguins
    • By faerie_of_penguins 7th Feb 08, 12:00 PM
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    faerie_of_penguins
    What type of plant would you recommend?? I haven't a clue!
    Originally posted by horsepills
    My OH bought me a mini rose plant the other day as a just because gift. It looks wonderful on my shelf, much better than cut flowers. I've seen them in Sainsbury's for not too much money.
    Last edited by faerie_of_penguins; 07-02-2008 at 12:05 PM.
  • GraciesGran
    Always seems sad that we can only show how much we love them once a year.
  • jeanssis
    As long as my OH says "I love you" & means it, I don't give a monkeys about roses. HOWEVER .............. I'll mention Morrison's offer to him tonight, ha ha !!!
  • artha
    The last three years I have bought a dozen red roses from Morrisons for
    4-95 and they have lasted about a month.
    I will do the same this year.

    In past years on these boards we have heard nothing but woe about Tesco and their non delivery on the day,so I would say on their past track record ------------ AVOID.
    Originally posted by alared
    roses lasting for 4 weeks! this must be a world record. As the husband of a florist i can asure you that most roses last a week to 12 days at best.

    The other point I'd like to make is that florists are not making a killing on Valentines Day it is the suppliers/wholesalers who hike the prices at this time.

    Florists will also condition the (fresh) roses before they are sold in order to increase the longevity of the rose
  • GrumpyLittlePrincess
    What's wrong with the old classic padded card for valentines day?!?
  • meester
    I agree, Arena Flowers has a range of flowers sourced directly from the growers and they are acredited by FFP (Fair Flowers Fair Plants). Ordered a dozen red roses sometime last year, and they were outstanding and they hand deliver flowers within the London region. Other than that, local florists are a better bet.
    Originally posted by pappuyogs
    Arena Flowers I used to like and spend quite a lot of money with.

    But then I moved out of London, and they are not as good, I had my flowers delivered by courier on the wrong day and with very little care.

    Only use them if the recipient is inside M25.
    • gregory77
    • By gregory77 7th Feb 08, 11:12 PM
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    gregory77
    Cheaper and eco-friendly, don't buy Roses!!!
    If you want to offer completely blameless and innocent flowers to you Valentine, you can look for Local, Organic and Seasonal.

    It is far cheaper, better for the environment!!!

    If you want to know why please read the following thread:
    St Valentine's day - Be green, don't buy Roses!!!

    Read it and you will understand that buying flowers from abroad is disgusting and really bad for the environment.

    And this is a nice thing to explain to your valentine why you did not buy Roses this year.



  • Janiebabes
    Don't tell but...
    I've bought a littl red box from Tesco (1 i think...) and got some jelly & chocy kisses, again a quid or so. Im popping them into the box as the wrapping is cheap, but also putting a card in there as I am arranging 2-3 hrs of babysitting, we can go anywhere we like for a whole evening!

    Now thats romantic!
  • Gambit
    If we want to take a stand against high pressure marketing that tells us "love means buying her a bunch of roses" then lets take a stand! Instead of buying cheap roses buy something that's sold at the normal price because it's not associated with Valentines day.
    Originally posted by paula.paula13
    I agree... it's terrible that we (as men) are made to feel we must buy expensive flowers for our loved ones at Valentines as the prices of everything from flowers to 'Valentines Meals' out cost a fortune. I still believe that Valentines Day was created by Hallmark!

    Having said that I will still be trying to do something special for my girlfriend this Valentines, even though she doesnt expect or demand anything from me... she's lovely like that. So I'll probably buy her the roses but make her dinner to keep down the costs At the end of the day, I dont want her to feel left out at Valentines or for her friends to think she has a rubbish and tight boyfriend! :P So I'll 'give in' but not too OTT!!
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  • Gambit
    Nice idea...
    maybe some people wouldn't find it so traditional, but i think a plant is more romantic on valentines day than a cut flower...
    a plant will keep on growing whereas a flower will eventually die...
    it's more symbolic somehow...

    Originally posted by UnlikelyButTrue
    May have a look around for one. Thanks UnlikelyButTrue!!
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    • digitalline
    • By digitalline 8th Feb 08, 2:53 PM
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    digitalline
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    • brucie24
    • By brucie24 8th Feb 08, 7:38 PM
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    brucie24
    Think a little bit further
    I'm guessing you're a florist then?? Cheap is good for me - well done to the supermarkets for driving down the cost of goods. If there are people prepared to work for next to nothing then let's use them; if we didn't then they would have nothing and surely that's worse than next to nothing??
    Originally posted by womble32
    Whilst I am always ready for a good deal I find your comment somewhat in bad taste.

    Do you really think those Kenyan farmers (and worse still their workers) actually want to work for next to nothing? No, they are left very little choice and are had over a barrel by the big multiples. Not to mention the appalling damage that the growing methods inflict on the environment.

    I want to give moh a red grand prix rose this valentines day but I will be doing my da.....est to make sure its Fairtrade/Sustainable etc. Even if I do have to pay a little more for it. On that subject if anyone has found such a thing online I would be grateful to know.

    You shouldn't and don't have to ditch your morals to save money.
    Last edited by brucie24; 08-02-2008 at 7:40 PM.
  • illiterate_monkey
    clean past
    Last edited by illiterate_monkey; 22-03-2009 at 7:23 PM.
    • Hey Dude
    • By Hey Dude 9th Feb 08, 2:49 PM
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    Hey Dude
    You shouldn't and don't have to ditch your morals to save money.
    Originally posted by brucie24
    I agree with your point - totally - I do Fairtrade and all that kind of stuff because I think it's the right thing.

    But it is - IMHO - wrong to impose your own moral stance on others - asking Dudes to consider your point of view is different from telling Dudes what they should or should not do.

    And it's important to remember that there are many Dudes out there who are on very tight budgets - for whatever reason - and simply can't afford to pay the extra pennies and pounds to reach your high moral stance.

    It's the way of things - crappy I know - but the way of things.

    Duder
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