The price on outdoor side tables can be a little overwhelming. Less expensive wood and plastic options don't have much longevity, and modern concrete and metal tables can break the bank. Try making your own with a simple paving stone from the hardware store! The folks over at camp Martha are great at making something that looks lavish out of inexpensive items. This simple paving stone was placed on top of a terra-cotta planter to create a quick side table on the cheap.
If you're worried about things tipping over, you could easily fill it with a few rocks, or just make sure the table top touches a chair or balcony for extra stability. To cut costs even more, ask your local garden center if they have any planters with chips (which happens frequently in shipping) that would go unnoticed in this situation. It can save you up to 50%!