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Low gas prices, warmer weather impact florists preparing for Valentine's Day

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Local florists say lower gas prices and warmer temperatures cause lower overall expenses for their business, but not necessarily for the consumer.

Whether you're buying Valentine's Day flowers for that special someone, or for your family and friends, many can agree love sometimes comes at a price.

"The most expensive flowers I've ever received were $250," said Kylee Eyerman, Joplin resident.  "I was very flattered to get the flowers, but I did think that was expensive just for one day."

"If that's what she wants, whatever the price is, that's what I'll pay," said Cory Bishop, Neosho resident.

On average, people say they are spending between $60 and $70 on flowers.

As for the florists, they are seeing some relief, thanks to lower gas prices.

"We go all over, not just in Joplin, so it just helps us, of course, if gas prices are a little lower," said Marcia Baker, owner of Higdon Florist in Joplin.

Because the cost from wholesalers stays the same regardless, florists across Joplin say the lower gas prices will not impact the cost consumers pay for the flowers.

"It really doesn't matter too much about the gas prices because it goes up and down so much," Baker said. "We don't keep changing it back and forth, but it does help."

Local florists say the warmer weather we have seen this year compared to previous years also has an impact.

"It definitely saves time and money because time is money," Baker said. "We always have to wrap if it's below freezing, and this year it's not going to be below freezing when we deliver."

Regardless of how much you spend, customers say it's the thought that matters most.

"Money shouldn't be the main point," Eyerman said.  "I just think it's the thought really."

"There is no price for happiness," Bishop said. "That's for sure."

"No price limit on love," Baker said.

Local florists also expect greater business this year, due to Valentine's Day falling on a Saturday.

Friday is shaping out to be the busiest day for flower deliveries.
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