As nights and afternoons get warmer, more and more homeowners want to set up a great outdoor space. Before you take out a personal loan to buy a new barbecue, patio set and all the accessories, though, here are some tips for keeping your costs low:
1) Use what you have. Rather than buying all new accessories, take a close look at what you have. If your patio set is serviceable, maybe you can repaint it. Consider replacing just a few items – like a broken chair – rather than buying everything new.
2) Create a great lawn. One of the easiest and least expensive ways to create a great outdoor space is with lots of green, lush grass. Forget the expensive accessories and fertilizers. For under thirty dollars, you can buy a huge bag of grass seed and basic fertilizer. In most cases, this is all you need. The trick is to plant the grass thickly and water just before the evening, so that your grass will not bake.
3) If you need new outdoor garden accessories, compare sales and used items in classified ads. Many building centers have sales on outdoor furniture at this time of year and you may also find gently used accessories through classified ads.
4) DIY your outdoor decor. Rather than buying expensive outdoor decor, get creative and make your own. Look for inspiration online or in magazines and try your hand at making your own flower pots, lanterns, or even a backyard fire pit.
5) Invest in multi-functional pieces. When purchasing outdoor furniture, look for pieces that can serve multiple purposes. For example, a bench that doubles as a storage unit, or a table with a built-in cooler.
6) Shop at discount stores. Don’t overlook discount stores like Walmart or Target for outdoor furniture and decor. They often have great deals and a wide selection of items.
7) Opt for low-maintenance landscaping. Choose plants and landscaping features that require minimal upkeep, such as succulents or a rock garden. This will save you both time and money in the long run.
Remember, creating a beautiful outdoor space doesn’t have to break the bank. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can transform your backyard into a relaxing oasis without spending a fortune. If you want to save on more than just your outdoor space, don’t forget to check out our guide to saving cash.