Essential backyard purchases for the summer

Just because the official start date of summer is June 21 doesn't mean you can't start preparing now.

Every household should take inventory of current supplies to help enjoy a relaxing and fun time in the summer. Whether you'll be hosting cookouts for the neighbors or having friends over to share stories over a nighttime fire, here are some backyard summer purchases for your consideration.


A summer cookout isn't complete without a grill to handle the duties of cooking for multiple people at the same time. Purchasing a new grill can be a good investment, especially if you haven't upgraded in some time.

Many of today's grills are gas-operated, so you'll also need to factor in the cost of having a gas canister on hand and a reserve to use when necessary. A charcoal grill is also a good investment.

Charcoal and gas grills, although they achieve the same goal, operate differently. For instance, you're guaranteed to have a "smokey" flavor when using a charcoal grill. But gas models make it easy and quick to grill lots of food at the same time, which is helpful if you're hosting a party.

The type of grill you decide to get will vary depending on personal taste, but you will also have to consider the cost. High-end charcoal grills can cost upward of $500 and sometimes even $1,000 or more, as Best Products showed. Don't buy a grill just so you can impress friends and family. Instead, take a look at your finances, save up and buy the grill that will get the job done.

Backyard grill.Make your backyard the place to be this summer.

Patio set

A party isn't complete if your guests don't have anywhere to sit. While you can always go with the time-tested option of purchasing some folding chairs, you can greatly enhance the backyard experience with a set of patio furniture.

From multiple chairs, a table and even an umbrella to cover you from the hot summer sun, patio furniture will not only come in handy when you're hosting guests, but also when you just want to relax outside after a long day at work.

Your patio set can be as large or small as you desire. If you think you'll have a lot of guests over, it's probably best if you have more seating options available. Otherwise, a modest amount of furniture, such as a few chairs and a table will suffice.

You can even create an outdoor dining area, as highlighted by House Beautiful. Homes situated near a lake can become that much more comfortable if you're able to enjoy a nice meal and hear the calmness of the water.

When it comes to outdoor furniture, don't feel like you have to stick to the basics. Consider alternatives and try out new design styles. Your backyard should be a place for relaxation, and folding chairs may not always provide that comfort.

"You shouldn't go overboard with the spending."

Cost considerations

When making new purchases for your backyard, you want to balance needs, wants and affordability. You may need and want a new set of patio furniture, but you shouldn't go overboard with the spending.

Don't feel the need to rush out and buy anything. Summer lasts for a few months. Instead, do some research to find the right grill or outdoor chairs and save money to make those purchases.

Once you buy those items, you'll then want to get good use out of them. Host outdoor parties or invite friends over to catch up. With a new grill and patio furniture, your backyard can become the go-to place to entertain guests in the summer and provide you with a good return on investment.

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