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Patio Ideas on a Budget Can Refresh Outdoor Spaces

Yes, it’s possible to transform your outdoor space for a hundred bucks. There are plenty of patio ideas on a budget that can dress up a small apartment balcony or backyard patio.

6 Ways to Dress Up Your Patio and Yard

Refreshing your outdoor living space with some store-bought or DIY projects doesn’t have to be expensive. We have tips for both dressing up the garden and making your patio or porch fit for evening cocktails. Each of these projects will set you back about $100.

1. Gravel Is Your Best Friend

If you want to extend your patio (assuming you’ve got the space), don’t spend gobs of money pouring concrete or buying any lumber. Instead, grab a few bags of gravel.

All you need to do is to make sure your ground is level (or level it out with the gravel), place some landscape fabric to prevent weeds, and pour away! Purchase a few paver stones, and for less than $100, you’ve got a larger space. You may even have left over money to use toward other decorative items.

2. Design Your Own Outdoor Rug

Outdoor rugs can get expensive fast. The good news is that you can purchase cheap ones, but they’re often plain or come in drab colors (if you like taupe, all the power to you). Better yet scour your local thrift store or yard sales — make sure the color is light enough you can paint over it.

Once you’ve got your rug, grab some

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Sabbatical

My mother died Monday night. She was 74.

Earlier this week, I began writing a memorial for her. I know I haven’t talked much about Mom here at Get Rich Slowly, but she probably played the biggest role in molding me into the person I am today. After writing 2500 words, I realized I have a lot to process. And maybe Get Rich Slowly isn’t the place to publish a tribute to her. I don’t know.

[My mother when she was probably 15 years old]

In any event, I’m taking some time off.

For the next few weeks, I’ll be dealing with the logistics of Mom’s memorial service and her estate. And while I’m taking time away from Get Rich Slowly to handle these things, it feels like a good opportunity to tackle a few big projects I’ve been putting off — including the “de-design” of this blog.

My plan is to take a three-month sabbatical. I may indeed publish a bit here and there — and I’ll regularly update the “Spare Change” section on the front page and send the GRS Insider email newsletter — but my intention right now is to step away from Get Rich Slowly until the end of the year.

I’ll be back on 01 January 2023.

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