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Shopping For Better Deals

When I found out that I was pregnant with twins I was really overwhelmed. Since my husband and I already had three children, I was really nervous about how to pay for all of the household supplies and food that we would need to raise such a large family. However, after carefully considering our options, we decided that we could learn how to be smarter consumers, which might save a little money. We started shopping around for better deals, and we were able to learn how to cut our spending by almost half. This blog is dedicated to helping people to shop a little smarter and to avoid the pitfalls of overspending.

Four Ways You Can Make Your Backyard Better

During the summer, one of the funnest things to do as a family is spend time outside in your yard. At the same time you may want more variety than sitting on your lawn watching your kids play on the swing set. Here are a few great things you can get to make your yard more fun:

Get some patio furniture

Outdoor patio furniture makes a huge difference for your backyard. With a nice table and chairs you can relax on your deck and have picnics or barbecues to your heart's content. It is also a wonderful way to spend your summer nights. You can relax on a porch swing while your kids are playing away in the yard. 

Buy some lawn games

Lawn games were very popular in the 1980s, but they are just as fun today. Bocci or croquet are easy games that your entire family can enjoy and they are easy to set up and take down. You could also consider games that have slightly more setup and take-down time like badminton.

Create a garden

Gardening is one of the most satisfying things you can do in your yard. You will feel proud and impressed that you were able to grow something from a tiny seed or sprout to something that your family was able to enjoy at the table. Try some unique things like watermelons or cantaloupes if you have the space in your yard.

While they take 10 square feet of empty ground to plant, they are extremely delicious and fun to grow. Additionally, they don't take too much time to maintain. Other simple crops that will help you get a feel for gardening are tomatoes, bell or Anaheim peppers, and herbs basil or oregano.

Put in a pool

When people think of a pool in their yard, they immediately think of a small kiddie pool. While this is fun for your kids, you will be hard pressed to enjoy yourself. Instead, consider getting a larger pool that is big enough your whole family can enjoy it. If you have one with collapsible walls, it can be collapsed down for easy storage during the winter. This will help prolong the life of your pool. Additionally, you can take it down when you need additional space in your yard if you are hosting a barbecue or other neighborhood event.

Look at your backyard and be creative with ways you can make it more fun and inviting for your family. You'll be glad you did!