It helps to have friends who own their own business; not only are they an inspiration watching them successfully run a business, often they can help save money on special services and items as well. Recently, my husband and I had the need for an outdoor sun shade. Given that our patio faces west and we really enjoy spending time on it during the warmer months, we also knew that come mid-May, the brutal sun would be blazing in through our patio door heating up the rest of the apartment. The solution called for an outdoor sun shade.
Thankfully, though our patio is on the top floor, we have a pergola above our patio allowing us to anchor lights and sturdy enough to anchor a shade. But we didn’t just want any shade, we wanted the nicest one we could get without spending a fortune. We intend to live here a few years, so the shade needed to be durable, it also needed to withstand the beating sun 4-months out of the year and a little wind. The solution called for a commercial-grade sun shade. One that we could roll up neatly inside a protective casing and store when we weren’t using it and one that we could anchor when it was completely rolled down so it wouldn’t act as a sail on windy days.
We were in luck that a good friend of ours owns a franchised blind business. He was able to show us some fabric samples and colors and quote us wholesale pricing which saved us 2/3 of the retail price. Now, our patio is perfectly shaded from the western sun, our apartment stays 40% cooler, and we even have little privacy in the evenings when we want to kick back and not stare down into the neighboring building. Even one of our cats can come out and join us now that the shade blocks his view of the “outdoors”! (Our other two cats are too squirrely and would quickly figure out they were “outside”. 😉 )
Have you benefited from friends saving you money?