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    Tips and deals for Valentine's Day flowers

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Last year $375 million worth of flowers were sold for Valentine's Day.

    You have one week left before Valentine's Day, so today we wanted to offer you some tips to get great flowers without breaking the bank and we put these ideas to the test.

    1. Plan ahead! That means start researching your options right now. Ordering today could save you money on delivery fees. Also consider sending an arrangement the day before to avoid the holiday rush and other fees.

    2. Keep an open mind. Roses can be expensive so if your sweetheart isn't the biggest rose fan find a bouquet of other pretty flowers. Or order their favorite color.

    3. Look for online promo codes. This is where we put the list to the test. We picked three major online flower retailers and had a budget of $50 to spend at each.

    We started with 1-800-Flowers where we found a bouquet of 12 roses for $44.99. A service fee of $13.99 would have pushed it over our budget so we searched online and found a promo code. The code saved us 25-percent and we spent a total $47 on the bouquet.

    It arrived on yesterday afternoon in a box so we had to cut the flowers and put them in the vase.

    All of the places were ordered from say they send the flowers in early bud form so they have time to bloom.

    We also ordered from Proflowers where we were able to get 2 dozen rainbow roses. The original price was $41.96 with a vase. With a service fee of $15.99 this also pushed us over the budget. So we searched online and found a link to save 20-percent and get a free vase. The total was $45.60.

    They also come in a box so we had to put the bouquet together. Again Proflowers say they are sent as buds so they have time to bloom.

    And finally we ordered a mixed rose vase from FTD. Original price was $39.99. With a $15.99 service fee it again was over the $50 budget. We searched and found a link to a 20-percent savings. That put our total at $51.82 right at budget for this bouquet. It also came in a box and we had to arrange it.

    We did this to help you save time and money this Valentine's Day for an example of what you can expect if you order online.

    Another expert tip is to try calling your local flower shops for a better deal because they often don't have those big service charges.

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