Mighty Bargain Hunter’s suggestions for avoiding flower delivery charges made me feel nostalgic for 4 and a half years ago, when Micah and I celebrated our first anniversary of dating.
That summer, I spent two fantastic months in Europe. Unfortunately, our anniversary was right in the middle. So Micah did something incredibly sweet. He decided to secretly send me flowers. First, he asked my aunt and uncle for our itinerary. Then he checked how much it’d cost to get roses sent to the hotel.
For having flowers delivered overseas (obviously, they start overseas too…), FTD charges a lot more than their normal prices. These roses were coming in at more than twice the price for state-side delivery (something like $100). And Micah being a poor grad student decided that this wasn’t the way to go.
But my boy is clever.
The itinerary included full contact info for each hotel, in case he needed to reach me. Perfect! He e-mailed the hotel and asked if they could arrange the flowers locally. Sure enough, they were able to get 9 roses delivered for about $30 (he’s not sure if it was just over or just under). So he wired them the money. He even sent a printable card which they placed with the flowers.
So when we arrived at the hotel the night before, I noticed the staff were smiling. When I got to my room, there were the flowers and the card. It was wonderful. I’m not a big flower person, but it was our first anniversary and I was missing him a lot.
Thinking locally is a great solution, as long as you have someone you can trust. Mighty Bargain Hunter also suggests setting up deals with local florist shops, handy when a person isn’t staying at a hotel.
Incidentally, great minds think alike. I’d left my sister some money and instructions to buy Micah a single red rose and drive it over to his place. Good times.