Season of Savings: How to save money when sending flowers

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While lights brighten up a room, so do bouquets! But sending flowers to loved ones around the holidays doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Right now, Costco and Sam’s Club are selling 50 roses for $40 online. Keep in mind the flowers don’t arrive in a vase.

If you prefer a different type of floral arrangement, get half-price vouchers on sites like Groupon and Living Social for services like 1-800 Flowers, Blooms Today and Teleflora. Like retail stores, some of these floral sites also have a sale section.

Local florists can tell you what flowers are in season, if they offer a cash discount and what fees they charge.

Before you send anything, Dr. Eleanor Cooke with South Trail Animal Hospital says consider pets.

“Mistletoe and holly — their berries are quite toxic,” Cooke says.

She adds to beware of poinsettias, and lilies if the person has a cat, “Maybe hang them somewhere, get them out of reach. Remember cats can jump to high places.”

If you suspect your pet got into something, Cooke says to get them into a veterinarian sooner rather than later.

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