Yes, I’m stuck on a garden theme. As the days warm and we spend more time outdoors, I become obsessed with our little green patch of land. Here are some thoughts on how you might collect some, too, with budget in mind.
Yes, I’m stuck on a garden theme. As the days warm and we spend more time outdoors, I become obsessed with our little green patch of land.
And, unlike in years passed when I thought I’d never purchase silly garden gnomes and the like, both my husband and I are starting to find we fancy a few quirky eye-catchers inside our flowing space.
Here are some thoughts on how you might collect some, too, with budget in mind.
Find a good nursery
My favorite local nursery offers lots when it comes to financially responsible shopping within its gorgeous fenced walls. Not only are the kids entertained in the multiple child-friendly areas, but they reward “Growing Club” members with bonus dollars twice yearly. Just last week, I received a $25 reward card just in time for a tree purchase we’d been planning. I can always depend on weekly specials and coupons, too, so find something similar near you and get registered.
You might be surprised at what a few hours of searching in places like Home Goods and Marshalls will turn up. With everything from decorative pots to birdbaths and other decor, there are lots of bargains to be found. Don’t overlook stores like Hobby Lobby either; they have an extensive garden section ripe for the picking.
This is one of the best frugal secrets around; you’ve just got to have the money in the budget to do it. Once autumn hits, folks are looking for fall colors and foliage, so pick up spring items at deep discounts. Many stores have clearance sales this time of year to allow space for holiday merchandise. Pay close attention to newspaper ads and flyers so you don’t miss out.
Some folks tire of the same decor, whether inside or out. Don’t underestimate the value of garage sales or swapping with friends. Pots, furniture and decorative items are always ready for early arrivals, and you’ll get something new to add interest to your outdoor space without breaking your bank. Friends will enjoy seeing old items take on new life in your landscape while you find the same enjoyment watching your items fit into theirs.
Molly Logan Anderson is a freelance writer who lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband, Mike, three kids and two labs. Join Molly on her family’s journey of living a frugal life and making financial freedom their reality in her columns and on her blog, www.butterfliesandmudpies.blogspot.com.