Summer is finally just about upon us. While some are lucky enough to have in-ground pools or nearby beaches to retreat to, many of us only get to enjoy the perks of outdoor living when we're on vacation.
But fret not my broke and overheated friends; there's hope to be had. Turns out there are plenty of ways to turn your own yard into a mini-tropical paradise—without breaking your bank account. To prove our point, we rounded up some awesome outdoor finds that cost less than 50 bucks. So read ahead for 10 ways to forge your own backyard staycation.
Hot Headz Inflatable Bar, $9.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond
Who needs a proper wet bar when you can just inflate your own? This portable blowup buffet is perfect for chilling snacks and drinks and will only set you back 10 bucks.
Insulated Pitcher and Tumblers Set, $17.99 at Target
No staycation would be complete without a solid set of tumblers. This double-insulated set is virtually shatterproof and comes with a 70-ounce pitcher, too.
RAMSÖ Umbrella, $29.99 at IKEA
There's no better way to stay cool (and sunburn-free) on vacay than under a big umbrella. This turquoise-and-white stunner from IKEA features a built-in base, so you can forge a shady spot just about anywhere you want.
HÅMÖ Chair, $34.99 at IKEA
Nothing screams "vacation" quite like a good old-fashioned chaise chair. This lightweight one from IKEA folds up in seconds, and is super easy to carry around.
Intex Swimming Pool Easy Set, $40.99 at Amazon
If you thought you had to win the lottery to score a backyard swimming pool, think again. This Amazon Prime-ready easy-set pool is constructed of super durable materials and can hold up to four people at once.
Keter Corfu Coffee Table, $38.70 at Amazon
What fun is lying in the sun if you don't have a place to set your drink? This all-weather coffee table is composed of UV-resistant resin but still boasts a sleek woven rattan-style design.
Portable Charcoal Grill, $39.99 at Home Depot
Hoping to throw a backyard barbeque but lacking an actual grill? This portable charcoal grill can cook up to seven burger patties at once and moves around easily.
Sedlak Outdoor Floor Pillow, $44.99 at Wayfair
Love to lounge on floor pillows but scared to bring yours out-of-doors? These colorful floor cushions are made from weather-resistant materials and will turn your backyard into a plush lounge in seconds.
Island Bay XL Thick Rope Double Hammock, $49.98 at Hayneedle
Few things are more relaxing than an afternoon nap in a hammock. This woven wonder can hold up to two people at a time and only costs 50 bucks.
Tan Gazebo Mosquito Net, $49.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond
Why waste your money on stinky citronella candles to keep bugs away when you can score your very own mosquito-proof backyard gazebo? This 10-foot by 10-foot beauty is unbelievably easy to set up and will keep all those pesky bugs at bay.