06 April, 2017

My Top 10 Money Saving Tips For Decorating The Garden

I'm so excited for spring and summer but my garden is far from ready!

My aim for the garden is three things, stylish, low cost and family friendly. As much as I would love to splash out on my garden, there are so many things I want to do this year with the kids which means that our budget for the garden isn't huge. But in reality, you don't need to splash out.  I'm going to show you just how I plan to makeover our garden on a small budget with these 10 tips.

1. Design

Planning ahead can make you spend less money as you will know exactly what you need and how much you need. It also makes it easier for you to shop, meaning you're more likely to find deals and bargains. 

2. Budget 

Work out your budget and stick to it! Put money aside in a pot and only use that for your garden, you can do some much without spending a fortune, trust me. 

3. Ask Family & Friends 

I have been given a lovely couple of bits already for my garden without spending a penny and that was from family and friends. 
My grandad gave me a chiminea that is pretty much brand new.  He didn't use it and asked us if we wanted it and I have always wanted a chiminea, to sit around in the summer toasting marshmallows with the kids. 

So checked to see if you anyone you know is getting rid of any useful items first. 

4. Preloved Sites 

Check on sites like Gumtree and Preloved to see if anyone has any useful tools, plants or furniture for free, you can find some excellent bargains. 

5. Homemade & Upcycle

Save money by homemaking or evening upcycling items - see what you have and see if you can actually fix and upcycle it before hand. If you have an old wooden table for example sand it down and repaint it, you could easily save a £100 or more. 

6.  Shop Around 

Don't just buy the first item you see, look around in other stores or online to see if you can get the same item cheaper. Also, make sure you use stores or websites where you can receive cash back as it's always handy to earn money back on your items. I love using Swagbucks and have a lovely little amount of cashback that will go towards Christmas. So think ahead and earn money whilst saving money. 

7. Facebook 

Look on Facebook for cheap gardening bits or even free items. You can also find people offering a skill at a cheaper price. handy if you don't want to spend a fortune on landscaping or maintenance. 

8. Wooden Pallets 

If you or someone you know is handy with the D.I.Y  then wood pallets can be a cheap but fantastic way to kit out your garden. From making your own decking, playhouses, planters and furniture wooden palettes are normally extremely cheap or even free! 

9. Learn a Skill 

This year I have learned a valuable skill which will help me save time and money. As I will show in another post I have made a mini palace for my herd of guinea pigs. In order to do this, I had to learn some skills. The biggest one was how to lay a mini patio. Now I feel confident enough to re-level our old patio meaning we save a hell of a lot of money and time. 

10.  Pinterest 

If your needing help for ideas Pinterest is amazing, there are thousands upon thousands of ideas, hacks and tutorials to look through to give you plenty of ideas for your own garden. I have already started my own album on Pinterest for inspiration. 

If you have any more money saving tips please let me know in the comments below or leave me a comment telling me one thing you love about your garden. 


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