Summer Living® Solid Umbrella
(Nine feet span!)
I was happy to see it on sale and when I showed the ad to Michael, he just grinned! We went over there and there was only one left.....but I could have it (the floor model, which had been up for only a couple of days!) for an additional 10% off!!
But it gets better! The heavy decorative stand? Marked down also, from $$39.99 to $19.99.
So up to the register I went. And there, I watched it ring up......$49.99, minus $5.00 for floor model discount, plus 19.99 for half price decorative stand........
and then I pulled out my coupon! Good for an additional 15% off everything purchased....sale and discounted items included!
So my $140.00 umbrella and stand? $55.23 plus tax at 7.75% for a grand total of $59.51. I saved 62% off the regular price!
And she scores!!
I have a few ideas for my backyard, though nothing spectacular. I plan to put this umbrella through a hole I will create in my picnic table from Home Depot.....after reinforcing the table slats with cross bars from underneath. Since the table is very heavy, hopefully, we can avoid a repeat of the last umbrella incident when the Santa Ana winds come through! (Always lowering the umbrella when done with the table will go a long way toward preventing that mishap also!) The table is going to be repainted soon, so hopefully it will all go together nicely.
My next frugal trick? I'm going to take the grungy looking old white resin chairs, and use that special paint made to stick to resin.....maybe in a shade that coordinates with table color and umbrella. I'm not sure what color to pick.
With any luck, the chairs we bought about 10-12 years ago at Sams Club for 12.00 apiece will be rejuvenated for the cost of a half can of spray paint apiece! If it works, I will post pictures.
Color suggestions, anyone? Right now I'm leaning towards a boring Satin Almond.
Or maybe River Rock..... (still kind of boring, but safe....)