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How Micah Sent Me Roses In Italy For About $30

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.

Screetching halt.

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.


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Funny about Money April 16, 2008 at 11:26 am

[sigh!] Who needs a house when you have a husband like this?

Best Valentine’s Day story I’ve ever read, in-season or out-of-season!

David April 16, 2008 at 2:32 pm

That is pretty sweet, good thinking by him!

Amanda April 16, 2008 at 7:13 pm

So sweet!! :D

Susan April 16, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Aww, that was very sweet. Good man! :)

effinglibrarian April 16, 2008 at 10:42 pm

that’s a great story. I’ve told lots of people about how I once called the florist in the town my gf was visiting to have flowers delivered on her birthday, but she never got the flowers. it’s because the florist changed owners and was now a front for a meth lab. but they still took my order over the phone for a bouquet to keep anyone from getting suspicious, I guess — they probably just laughed at the idiot who tried to order flowers from a drug dealer…anyway, thanks for saying Hi. “Hi” back.

Aaron Stroud April 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm

That’s a great story. My wife isn’t big on dead flowers either (she’d love live ones), but I’m sure a stunt like that would have won me big brownie points as well.

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