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Outdoor Decorating on a Dime

By April 25, 2011

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If Spring hasn't arrived in your neck of the woods yet, it shouldn't be too much longer. I've been enjoying springtime weather for quite a while. And enjoying a bit of spring fever, too!

We moved last summer, and now we're in the process of landscaping our new-to-us yard. Our front porch is also in desperate need of some attention, except I'm in the throws of a bit of sticker shock with just the landscaping. Plants and garden decor can be extremely expensive.

But I tend to look at high prices as a challenge. I've been asking myself these questions... Can I make it or do it myself, instead? Are there less expensive alternatives available? How much water or future effort will this plant/landscaping/decor require? And if all else fails ... Can you cut me a deal? (I've found that cold hard cash works wonders.)

When I couldn't come up with ideas for cheaper or better alternatives, I went straight to an expert source: The team of guides at About.com. And they freely shared their amazing tips and ideas with me. In the hopes that this will aid you in the quest for a beautiful but bare-bones-budget home, I'll share them with you, as well.

So here's to springtime in your neck of the woods. Enjoy it ... on a budget, of course!

Our guides' amazing and budget-friendly outdoor decorating ideas.

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