Fresh flowers from Costco are a good buy; but, now, so are forced bulbs. My Costco in Nashville has forced tulips in glass jars for $10.99 in yellow, red and purple. I buy these every year and save the jar for forcing Paperwhites in the fall.
The price, $10.99, is inexpensive for flowers, and, by reusing the jars in the fall, this becomes an even better purchase.
The trick is buying these when they first arrive, before the tulips are in bloom. Put them in strong natural light. Otherwise, they can get leggy or shaggy looking in the store.
Bob's favorite flowers are tulips, so these always seem a little Valentine-y and that makes them even more fun. Our winter in Nashville has been colder than usual; it's currently 3 degrees, so live flowers are especially welcome this year.