Middle-of-the-line or Go-for-the-gusto? Which Will It Be?

So back in November, we spent a good chunk of change covering our deck. If you’d like to see the entire process, I blogged about it here.

This is what we started with



Nice, huh? I loved the view, but basically, the space was unusable in summer. We couldn’t sit out there without the sun baking us to death. So hubby and I finally decided to cover the deck, opting for a partial cover and no screening. Neither one of us wanted to venture out in twenty degrees to open the screen door for Bruiser to go outside. Brrr! After this frigid winter, I’m so glad we chose not to screen it in.

Here’s the deck with the new cover



Super sweet, right? 

In case you didn’t know, late fall isn’t necessarily the best time to remodel a deck. By the time the construction was complete, plastic Santa Claus’s, artificial Christmas trees, and twinkling lights had swooped in to replace the patio furniture in the home improvement stores. So much for finishing our deck.

Now that spring is almost here and warmer temperatures are teetering, we just ordered new patio furniture. I can hardly wait to spruce up our sparse deck. But, alas, we have a dilemma, one I hope you’ll weigh in on.

The last task is to replace our tired old grill. Although it was a hand-me-down from our parents (their house came with a snazzy built-in grill), it was an expensive grill. Over several years, we’ve replaced various parts and what not, but it’s time to buy a new one. 

When it comes to major purchases, I believe in two philosophies: one, buy cheap and replace more frequently. Or two, buy expensive and keep it longer. In most instances, both hubby and I hang out together in the first category~buy cheap and replace more often. But this grill purchase has us wavering. 

It takes us awhile to reach the buy stage, so we went looking last weekend. Last year’s middle-of-the-line model was marked $30 off, but rust was already evident on the rack. Really? After only a year? I don’t know how you feel about plunking down hard-earned cash for something that already has rust on it, but I find it extremely difficult to swallow. At this point, I don’t even care to pay $30 more for this year’s model. The reviews validate this. 

I have a hunch which way we’ll choose, but what would you do? 
Buy a middle-of-the-line grill and expect to replace it after a couple of years? Or go for the gusto, pay a couple hundred more, and hope it weathers better than the mid-priced grill?


And don’t even get me started on the grill covers…

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