7 Smart Ways to Save Money on Mother’s Day Flowers (She’ll Never Know)

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Roses are pictured at Green Bench Flowers in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 24, 2017. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder
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Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that always approaches too quickly.

It never fails; I’m always scrambling on Saturday…

What the heck can I get Mom that’ll show her how much I love her?

My answer is always nothing — mostly because she’s impossible to shop for.

But also because nothing will show her how much I love her; it’s that much. 😉

A solid backup plan is to buy her flowers.

Cliché? Perhaps. Thoughtful and beautiful? Sure.

However, they’re always more expensive than I’m expecting.

So here it is: Seven ways to save money on Mother’s Day flowers.

1. Use Ibotta to Earn Cash Back

If you don’t already use Ibotta while grocery shopping, where ya been? The app is an easy way to earn cash back on your purchases. (I’ll spare you the details right now, but you can read more about it here.)

The best deals for Mom:

  • If you’re just hitting up your local grocer, take advantage of the $4 rebate when you buy anything Not Your Mom’s brand (that’s alcohol) and any brand of flowers. If Mom doesn’t drink, you can just keep it for yourself. But hurry; the offer expires May 10. See if your local store is participating.
  • There’s another deal. If Mom doesn’t live locally, you can order her flowers from Bloom That and earn 10% cash back on your purchase when you shop through Ibotta. Plus, go ahead and sign up for Bloom That and get another $5 off. (There are more than flowers, too. Take a look at this rosé-inspired box.)

2. Earn 30% Cash Back via Ebates

Ebates houses more than 10,000 coupons for more than 2,000 stores and offers up to 40% off any given purchase.

It acts as a portal, so all you have to do is go to the site, find a deal and shop through the “Shop Now” button.

You can cash-out on cash-back opportunities or simply find coupons.

The best deals for Mom:

  • When you shop through Florists or ProFlowers, for example, you can earn 30% cash back. Just search for the deal on Ebates, click “Shop Now,” sign up, then earn money back. That could be $16.50 back on the Springtime Selection option at Florists.com.
  • If you prefer to use a coupon, try shopping through Ebates at Send Flowers. You can take up to 50% off sitewide and earn 20% cash back. No coupon code is required, and the offer is good until May 14.

Search through the options yourself. Just visit Ebates and search “flowers.”

3. Find Mother’s Day Flowers Coupons With Retale

Remember how the Sunday newspaper contained a Holy Grail of coupons?

Well, not many people subscribe to their local paper anymore. (Sad.) But Retale keeps weekly ads in its system online.

Search ads by your area to find the best discounts.

The best deal for Mom:

  • Walmart is advertising $14.87 premium mixed bouquets based on your location.

4. Earn Points for Gift Cards Through MyPoints

When you shop through MyPoints, you earn points, which you can cash out for gift cards.

Right now, if you stack up 1,590 points, for example, you can get $10 for Amazon, Home Depot or a number of other retailers. (See all the reward opportunities here.)

The best deal for Mom:

5. Stop Deleting Your Receipts

Did you know you can order Mom flowers through Amazon? I didn’t either, but I order everything else in the world on there, so why not?

(It even has unicorn-inspired blooms.)

If you opt for Amazon, be sure to utilize Paribus. You’ll go about shopping normally, but Paribus will monitor your purchases. If the item’s price decreases after you click submit, you’ll receive the price difference.

And if your order doesn’t show up on time, Paribus can help you get full or partial refunds of shipping costs, or even store credit for the inconvenience.

It offers this deal at other retailers, but I don’t think you can order flowers from Home Depot, Zappos or Nordstrom. But then again, you can order rocks, so I wouldn’t be shocked.

The best deal for Mom:

The deal is going to depend on whatever Amazon’s up to that day, so it’s worth giving Paribus a try.

Paribus compensates us when you sign up using the links we provide.

6. Take Advantage of That AAA Discount.

Got AAA? I do, but I don’t take advantage of its discounts nearly as often as I should, but it has a pretty solid discount on flowers.

The best deal for Mom:

  • Save up to 25% off on Mother’s Day flowers and gifts at 1-800-Flowers. You’ll need to use the promo code AAAFD4. The offer is good until May 14. You’ll find all the details here.

Want to know some other unexpected AAA discounts we found? Check ‘em out here.

7. Get Cash Back Through Bank of America

If you have a BankAmericard Cash Rewards Credit Card, this deal is for you (except if you have an AAA card, use that instead). Bank of America offers cash back from certain retailers when you claim the offer and use your card to make the purchase.

The best deal for Mom:

  • You can get 10% back (up to $20) on your 1-800-Flowers order. The offer expires May 22, which is after Mother’s Day, so you’re fine.

Other tips: Don’t wait until the last minute. Shipping will get the best of your bank account.

And if for some reason your mom doesn’t receive her flowers on Sunday — when you very clearly said they needed to be to her by then — contact the company you ordered through.

Chances are, you’ll be able to get some type of credit or discount good towards your next purchase.

Disclosure: Here’s a toast to the affiliate links in this post. May we all be just a little richer today.

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.