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Getting cheap Mother's Day flowers without being a cheapskate

Sunday - 5/1/2011, 8:50am  ET

WASHINGTON - Mother's day is just a week away, and if you plan on hitting up the florist for a dozen long-stem roses, chances are the bill will be around $50, but it doesn't have to be.

"We've founded prices ranging from $10 to $36 at supermarkets, and from $6 to $20 a street vendors," says Robert Krughoff with Washington's Consumers' Checkbook.

Krughoff says you don't have to check for quality when buying from a vendor or at a supermarket.

Another way to save some money that will also make mom's happy is to skip paying for delivery, and to bring the flowers yourself.

Krughoff also suggests washing out a vase your already own and using that instead of buying a new one.

WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck contributed to this report. Follow him and WTOP on Twitter.

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