1. Thrifty people shop yard sales
Our rose trellis was $2 at a yard sale. The lawn edging around one of the flower beds was also purchased at a yard sale. I have also found play ground slides and swings at yard sales to create the fun part of our landscaping.
2. Thrifty people do the work themselves
My husband did most of the work on our yard with a bit of help from the children. If my husband doesn’t know how to do it he consults the internet for help (youtube is wonderful) or the local library for books. Both sources are free. My husband also likes having a small library on hand that addresses landscaping and home repairs and for that I use all the tips I share in my building an inexpensive home library series.
3. Thrifty people keep their eyes out for free
My husband noticed that a local crew was demolishing an old brick building near us. He asked a worker what was happening to the bricks. When he heard they were getting carted away to the landfill my husband asked if it was okay if he took some. The worker checked with his foreman and reported back to my husband saying that is was fine. We got enough brick to outline several flower beds, the trampoline area and the pool for free.
4. Thrifty people use what they already have
We worked around thriving plants the previous owner had already planted. We brought along a bird bath from a previous home. My husband used leftover fence panels to skirt in the bottom of his tool shed.
5. Thrifty people use social media to their advantage
I was on Facebook one day when a friend said she had a load of mulch available for 50% off, all we had to do was pick it up. I messaged her right away and the mulch was ours and now provides a bit of variety from the rock placed around all the other areas of the yard. I also kept my eye out on local facebook selling pages for items for the project.
6. Thrifty people shop end of season sales
I can think of only one plant in our entire yard that was bought at full price The rest have all been bought late September at 50 to 75 percent off. As long as they have a week or two in the soil frost free they survive through the winter to flourish the following spring.
7. Thrifty people buy in bulk
My husband figured out it would be cheaper to buy our fencing by the plank than to buy pre-made panels. He also found out if he bought a certain amount of planks he would save even more. He used these planks up by making them the roofing for our children’s play house as well as the walls.
8. Thrifty people befriend gardeners with green thumbs
There are a few blank areas still to be filled in our new flower beds. My plan is to see what comes up at end of season plant sales and then in spring broadcast over Facebook “I need a few plants for my garden, anyone got any they are getting rid of”. Usually this gets me one or two offers of free plants as long as I come over when they are overhauling their flower beds to pick them up.
9. Thrifty people use child and friend labor
We have three children who are always looking for ways to earn money to save up for their latest goal. We pay them a fair price for helping us but it is still a lot less than hiring out the job. Yes we could ask them to work for free, but by paying them we also are provided the opportunity to learn how to manage money.
In the past I have also asked friends with green thumbs to come over and give this brown thumbed person a hand in positioning plants in areas for optimum growth.
10. Thrifty people use discounted gift cards to purchase their supplies
For our backyard project we purchased Lowe’s cards at 10% discount from companies like Cardpool.
I am always looking out for more tips on being thrifty in our landscaping; do you have any to share with me?
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