Last year, I bought a house. Houses, as we all know, come with a great many expenses but the bank balance blow I wasn't quite anticipating was how much I would need to fork out for furniture, once I had the keys.
By the time summer came around, my savings had hugely depleted and justifying garden furniture – let alone a fancy outdoor sofa – was out of even my realms of self-indulgence.
Just as I had resigned myself to a summer of offering guests a seat on a picnic blanket on the patio floor, I remembered something. "What about that Aldi garden sofa that everyone was raving about?" I asked my husband excitedly, feeling a sudden shop-a-thon coming on.
The Aldi sofa I was referring to was the Anthracite Rattan Corner Sofa (available in cream, dark grey and light grey), priced at under £300, that had sent waves across the internet and sold out multiple times.
While other garden sofas cost thousands, the Aldi version claimed to be just as comfortable but without the hefty price tag.
So, I bought it and a mere five days later it arrived.
It's not the biggest garden sofa but it is definitely comfortable, sturdy and looks just as smart as some of the more expensive versions. It took us 30 minutes to assemble and then a further two to sit on, iced drink in hand.
I'm happy to report the sofa handled its first summer beautifully and quickly drove down its cost per use.
Every time someone came round, I insisted on proudly showing it to them. "And it was under £300," I would beam at them.
And though perhaps it's not the best way to greet guests – by forcing them to test out your furniture – it did do one thing: reassure me that the quality of the sofa far outweighed its price.
In fact, several friends were inspired to get one, then texted me disappointed to find the sofa seemed to be out of stock again.
But I've got good news, the Anthracite Corner Sofa isn't only back stock, but it's also now on sale.
Reduced by 17% from £299.99 to £249.99, if you've been on the fence about buying it we definitely wouldn't let this deal pass. So, don't delay if you'd like to get your hands on one, so that you can lounge in comfort this spring and summer.