WITH the weather perking up, it is time for those of us blessed with a garden to turn it into a playtime paradise.
But making your outdoor space a fun place for kids and guests can be costly as well as time-consuming.
To save you effort and money, here are my best buys for the garden, plus how long it takes to set them up.
GET INTO THE SWING OF IT: Swing sets can be pricey but they are can be fun all year round, so are a good investment. Smyths Toys has a free-standing swing and seesaw set for £59.99, down from £69.99. If you have a suitable tree, you can pick up a playground-style saucer rope swing by Outsunny, on offer at manomano.co.uk for just £32.99, down from £65.99.
SAVE: up to £33
SET-UP TIME: APPROX 30 MINS
POOL YOUR SAVINGS: Take your paddling pool game up a level with the 10ft Summer Waves Quick Set Ring Pool which fills to half body height. You simply inflate the top ring, then the pool rises as it fills — a super-fast set-up.
It costs £49.99 at John Lewis but just £34.99 at studio.co.uk. And Aldi is selling the very similar Intex 10ft pool online for £29.99.
SAVE: up to £20
SET-UP TIME: APPROX 17 MINS
GO FOR GOALS: Pick up the Dunlop eight-piece, pop-up footie goals set from Home Bargains. It includes goals, ground pegs, football and pump for just £9.99. The Opti Ball set from Argos is similar but comes in at £20 — double the price.
SAVE: £10.01 SET-UP TIME: APPROX ten MINS
SLIDE RULES: The slip ’n’ slide is a classic for summer. I shopped around and found the 16ft two-in-one Water Slide with Vertical Sprinkler for just £12.99, down from £39.99, with Wowcher.
SET-UP TIME: Approx five mins
- PRICES correct at time of press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
LISTEN up. Head to ao.com to get the Galaxy Buds+ in-ear wireless Bluetooth headphones, RRP £139, for just £65.
CHEESY does it at Iceland, which has added to its TGI Fridays range with new mac and cheese bites for £2.
LIDL today launches its Hortus gin festival with the World Botanicals collection.
The line-up includes Japanese Cherry Blossom, American Orange and Mediterranean Citrus, each £17.99 a bottle.
Lidl is also selling ten-packs of fancy pre-mixed G&Ts at £9.99.
KEEP your budget on track with a ride-on tractor for little ones. The John Deere version for kids aged one and up is £62.99 at Robert Dyas. But head to TK Maxx for this Ecoiffier toy which is just £24.99.
Giselle’s little helper
FRANKIE & Benny’s has a limited National BBQ Week offer for restaurant-goers.
The chain is offering FREE ribs, worth £13.80, to the first 20 parties that drop by its restaurants today, July 15.
See frankieandbennys.com for the full T&Cs.
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