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As the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer, it's only natural to want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Your urban backyard can become the haven you escape to at the end of a long workday or your favorite place to entertain guests. Turning a ho-hum backyard into one that's inviting, fun and relaxing doesn't have to cause you to go broke. These money-saving tips can help you create an outdoor living space that allows you to dine, socialize and relax in the backyard of your dreams by taking full advantage of sales, discounts, coupons and smart shopping.
Plan for SuccessThe updates and improvements you make to your backyard can be an investment that provides you with the return of years of fun and relaxation with family and friends. Take time to plan out your renovations ahead of time so you aren't caught off-guard by high-priced backyard furnishings, decor or entertainment. Planning ahead allows you to take full advantage of sales, store closings and seasonal discounts. When you make your backyard improvement decisions before it's time to make the updates you provide yourself with the luxury of time and allow yourself to shop around, look for coupons and look for the best deals possible to help you achieve the backyard of your dreams.
Ashley Spade is a law student who lives in Chicago. When she isn't finding ways to have fun on a graduate student budget (aka nonexistent), she enjoys training for triathlons, home improvement/DIY projects, and hanging out with her sidekick Sir Winston Pugsalot, a mischievous pug. Follow her adventures on Twitter: @ashspade
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