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How to Save Money on a Deck

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

... But if you don't have the budget for a custom-built deck, there are still ways to build one on the cheap—even if you're not particularly handy with tools. H

Use a post hole digger to make your post holes.

If you want to save money on your deck, use a post hole digger. These inexpensive tools are used for digging holes for posts in the ground. You can purchase one at any hardware store or rent them at home improvement stores and rental outlets such as Home Depot and Lowe's. Post holes are necessary for building fences, trees, or decks.

Some people try to do this with an ordinary shovel but it is much more difficult than it seems! With a post hole digger, all you have to do is turn the handle and push down into the dirt with your foot while working around the edges of whatever you're trying to create (such as a fence) until you've made enough room for what you need.

Don't build a deck with untreated wood.

You can save yourself a lot of money by keeping your wood treated. When you're building a deck, don't use untreated wood. There are many ways to keep your wood in good condition:

  • Treat it before you use it (for example, with stain)
  • Treat it after you use it (for example, with stain or sealant)
  • Treat the wood before staining or sealing

Plan out the design of your deck.

Before you start building your deck, you should plan out the design of your deck. This will help you understand how much material is needed and how much space you will need for your furniture and other items. This can save money by ensuring that there is enough material to complete the project without having to buy more than necessary.

Planning Ahead:

  • Be sure to leave enough room for all of your furniture! If the swing of a door obstructs part of a table or couch, then it's best not to have that table or couch in that spot because it will be unusable until someone moves an obstruction out of the way. Do not forget about using chairs either! If they are placed too close together they will be uncomfortable when sitting down on them because seats are meant to provide adequate space between one another so that people don't bump into each other while eating dinner together at night time - this would lead towards unnecessary tension which might cause problems down the road if not fixed sooner rather than later (such as divorce). So keep this in mind when designing where everything goes within their respective spaces...

Purchase deck-building materials in bulk.

  • Purchase deck-building materials in bulk. For example, buy one bag of concrete mix and then make it last for the whole project by mixing small batches at a time.
  • Buy all your lumber from the same supplier, as this allows you to get a discount on volume purchases.
  • When you're building your deck, use every piece of lumber that comes with every board you buy. This cuts down on waste and will save you money!

Don't forget about the costs for extra materials.

You can also save money by remembering that your deck will need more materials than you think. For example, when you're figuring out how much wood or nails to buy for your project, don't forget about the extras like paint and screws.

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Buy power tools that can do double duty.

One of the best ways to save money on a deck is to buy power tools that can do double duty. For example, if you need to drill holes in wood and metal, buy a drill that can also be used as a screwdriver. If you need to cut wood and plastic, buy a power tool that can be used for those tasks.

This saves you time because you don't have to switch between tools and it saves money because you only need one kind of cordless or electric tool instead of multiple ones!

Skimp where you can on material costs.

There are many ways to save money on your deck. First and foremost, consider using reclaimed materials like old railroad crossties or even pieces of boardwalk that have been replaced by new construction.

Second, look for large-scale suppliers who may sell their material at a discount if you buy in bulk (we recommend calling around).

Third, consider purchasing materials when they are in season or on sale; this is especially true for lumber. You can also save money by buying wood from local vendors rather than purchasing it at retail price from a big box store. In addition, look for recycled products made from renewable resources such as bamboo or sustainably harvested lumber with FSC certification (Forest Stewardship Council).

Saving money on a deck doesn't have to mean doing it yourself or skimping on material quality; there are some simple and affordable ways to have a beautiful new deck that's built to last.

When you think of saving money on a deck, the first thing that comes to mind is probably cutting corners by doing it yourself. While this can be a good way to save money on materials, it will not save you any money in the long run. If you don't have the skills or tools (or time) to build your own decking material, then buying pre-cut lumber from home improvement stores is your best option for quality material at an affordable price point.

If you do decide to buy pre-cut lumber for your new deck project, one way to save money would be by choosing solid wood over composite decking products like Trex or TimberTech which can be significantly more expensive than traditional hardwoods such as cedar and redwood. Solid woods are renowned for their durability and resistance against termites and rot because they contain no glue or fillers in their composition; they're also less likely than composites or even softwoods like pine which can splinter easily when exposed directly underfoot while walking around barefoot (or worse sandals).


Building a deck is a great way to spend time outdoors and make the most of your yard, but it can also be expensive. By following these tips, you can have a beautiful new deck built to last without breaking the bank.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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