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Savings Experiment: Fresh Flowers Fresh flowers make beautiful additions to any room, but bouquets can add up. Not to worry, though -- there are ways to use blooms to brighten up your home without breaking the bank.

Carly Cylinder of FlourLA.com says flowers don't have to be a luxury. One idea is to buy inexpensive pre-made bouquets from your local supermarket or flower shop and then deconstruct them. Group flowers of the same variety together and then rearrange them using color blocking. This modern arrangement will give your cheap blooms an expensive look.

Another way to save money is by buying one kind of flower and then placing mini bunches in recycled vases. Wine bottles and tin cans are great options, but vintage or used vases can offer a unique look, too.

To get the most out of the flowers you purchase, choose bunches with buds that haven't opened yet. They will open throughout the week, and stretch out the longevity of the arrangement.

Fresh flowersAccording to Reader's Digest, many household items can be added to your vase water to make your flowers last longer. Suggestions include aspirin, bleach, soda, vodka and vinegar in various combinations and amounts. The magazine even suggests misting a little bit of hairspray to your flowers, or adding coins and a cube of sugar to your vase to extend the life of your bouquet.

Fresh flowers can look luxurious without costing you a fortune. Keep these tips in mind the next time you go shopping.

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