Editable Grocery List by Department: Make grocery shopping more efficient

Do you wish you had more time? Running A Household is here to help with our Editable Grocery List by Department.

Most grocery lists are a simple running list.  When you run out of an item, you add it to your list.  It looks something like this:

  • Milk
  • Bread
  • Eggs
  • Ice cream
  • Apples
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lettuce

Editable Grocery List by Department

So what is an Editable Grocery List by Department?  It is a grocery shopping list organized by the sections in the grocery store.  By grouping your items together by the aisle or department it makes grocery shopping more efficient.  Here’s a sample of our Grocery List by Department:

Editable Grocery List by Department

The list is an editable PDF which lets you type in your grocery items.  It can be used on your computer, tablet or cell phone.  Just open the file and add items as you need them.  Then open the document at the grocery store and add check marks as you pick up the items.

The light blue text areas can be edited:

Editable Grocery List by Department

What make our grocery shopping list different?

The Editable Grocery Shopping List by Department from Running A Household is:

  1. Electronic: The list comes as a PDF file.  You can use it on your computer, tablet or cell phone.
  2. Editable: Most lists are printable.  Ours is also editable/fillable. That means you can type your text right on the list.
  3. Multi-Use: This PDF can be used over and over.  Just update it each week when you shop.  Going to more than one store?  Make copies of the list and use one for each store.
  4. Ink-friendly: We use fewer graphics so that if you decide to print a blank copy to hang on your fridge, or print a completed list before your shop, you will not use as much ink as a list with photographs or graphic designs.
  5. Large print: The font is easier to read, especially on your cell phone.
  6. Complete with 15 Departments and more than 80 lines for grocery items.
  7. Designed with Editable Departments: Don’t have Pets?  Just rename it to another department.  Yes, even the department names can be changed!

Why do you need an Editable Grocery List by Department?  It will help you track items you need to buy, and organize them by location.  You can breeze through the aisles and save time in the grocery store.

Seems easy, right?  Give it a try. 

How to get the Editable Grocery List by Department

Editable Grocery List by Department

The Editable Grocery List by Department sells for only $2.99.

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Happy shopping!

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It’s Time to Put Down Step 4 Fertilizer

If you handle the lawn maintenance for your home, you need to know when it’s time to put down your step 4 fertilizer.  We’re here to help with some quick tips.

Disclaimer: Some of the links below are referral links, which means that if you make a purchase, there is no extra cost to you, but Running A Household will receive a commission.  Thank you for supporting our website.

Benefits of Step 4 Fertilizer

Step 4 offers fertilizer for your grass.  It thickens the grass, and will make your lawn greener in the Spring.  In addition, it will strengthen the grass roots before winter.

Scotts Lawn Pro Step 4 Lawn Fertlizer 32-0-12 5000 Sq. Ft. Granules

When to Apply Step 4 Fertilizer

In New England, we typically apply Step 4 around Labor Day.  According to the manufacturer, you can apply Step 4 in the Fall, August through November.  Be sure to wait 4-6 weeks since you applied your Step 3 fertilizer.

How to Apply Step 4 Fertilizer

You can apply Step 4 fertilizer to dry grass, or grass that is wet.

While it is not necessary to water in Step 4, we prefer to water it in.  It makes the grass greener just a little bit faster.

We found the Scotts broadcast spreader easy to use for this project.  Just set the spreader to the settings listed on the bag of fertilizer.

Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader

Or for smaller lawns, consider the Scotts Hand-Held Spreader which can you can use to apply fertilizer, grass seed, granular products like Preen weed-and-feed, or even ice melt in the winter.

Be sure to apply when the temperature is below 85 degrees, otherwise the fertilizer may burn your grass.  The manufacturer indicates that if the temperature will be above 85 degrees, you can apply it to dry grass and water it in.

Planning to reseed your lawn?  No problem.  Step 4 does not contain any weed preventative.  So according to the manufacturer, you can seed your lawn before or after applying this product.

Resources

For more details from the manufacturer, see:  Scotts Website – Step 4

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Household Checklist for September

Household Checklist for September

Summer is over, and there’s a lot to do during the month of September. We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for September and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month. So let’s get started.

Things to Do in September

Maintenance

• Start Fall Cleaning Indoors
• Plan ahead for fall leaves (mulchers, leaf bags, vacuums etc.)
• Set up back to school desk supplies / work station for children

Outdoors

  • Reseed lawn, if needed (or hire someone)
  • Maintain vegetable and flower garden / harvest and weed
  • Trim final bushes and shrubs
  • Schedule Pool Closing (or do it yourself)
  • Plant Fall bulbs and perennials
  • Go apple picking
  • Clean out shed
  • Clean out garage

Money

• Finish school shopping (clothes, outfit for picture day and supplies)
• Balance checkbook
• Budget

Meal Planning

• Plan birthdays, Columbus Day Weekend, Halloween and events for October
• Buy Halloween costumes; plan candy and snacks

Details on September Projects

Here are some specific details on our September projects.  Just click on the link below to read more.

 

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Printable Household Checklist for September

Just click on the link below for a printable copy of our Household Checklist for September:

Household Checklist for September

Household Checklist for September

By scheduling time to handle these items in September, you’ll be sure to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

Next steps:

Need more ideas?  Check out our Toolbox tab above.

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Household Checklist for August

August is here, marking a slower time of year, when a lot of people take their final summer vacations. There are still a few things to take care of around the house.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for August and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month.  So let’s get started.

Maintenance

  • Organize three small areas in your home
  • Plan your fall calendar
  • Run dehumidifier in basement

Outdoors

Assess lawn; hire someone to reseed in September if needed

Backwash pool filter

Maintain vegetable and flower garden / weeding

Trim shrubs, bushes, and hedges

Money

  • Shop for Back-to-School clothes and office supplies
  • Balance checkbook
  • Budget
  • Medical: Submit FSA/HSA reimbursements; confirm receipts for all expenses
  • Taxes: Complete draft forms for this year; confirm on track

Meal Planning

  • Plan birthdays, Labor Day Weekend, and events for September
  • Plan and take final summer vacations

Details on August Projects

Here are some specific details on our August projects.  Just click on the link below to read more.

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Printable Household Checklist for August

Just click on the link below for a printable copy of our Household Checklist for August:

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By scheduling time to handle these items in August, you’ll be sure to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

Next steps:

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Scotts Step 3

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 3 Fertilizer

Do you take care of your own lawn? If so, you need to know when it’s time to put down your step 3 fertilizer.  We’re here to help with some quick tips.

Disclaimer: Some of the links below are referral links, which means that if you make a purchase, there is no extra cost to you, but Running A Household will receive a commission.  Thank you for supporting our website.

What is Step 3 Fertilizer?

The third lawn care step of the year is simply fertilizer.  This will make your lawn greener.  In addition, it will thicken your lawn so that there is less room for weeds to grow.  One option is to use a simple Turf Builder like this one:

Do You Know When It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 3 Fertilizer?

In New England, we typically apply Step 3 around the 4th of July.  With all of the heat, you might be a little behind on your fertilizing schedule.  According to the manufacturer, you can apply Step 3 in June, July or August.  Be sure to wait 4-6 weeks since you applied your Step 2 fertilizer.

How to Apply Step 3 Fertilizer (without iron)

You can apply Step 3 fertilizer, also known as Turf Builder to dry grass, or grass that is wet.  The job is easy when you use a simple Broadcast Spreader. We found the Scotts broadcast spreader easy to use for this project.  Just set the spreader to the settings listed on the bag of fertilizer.

Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader

Or for smaller lawns, consider the Scotts Hand-Held Spreader which can you can use to apply fertilizer, grass seed, granular products like Preen weed-and-feed, or even ice melt in the winter.


While it is not necessary to water in Step 3, we prefer to water it in.  That way, pets and kids can return to the lawn sooner.  It also makes the grass greener just a little bit faster.

Be sure to apply when the temperature is below 85 degrees, otherwise the fertilizer may burn your grass.  The manufacturer indicates that if the temperature will be above 85 degrees, you can apply it to dry grass and water it in.

Does Your Fertilizer Contain Iron?

Some of the Step 3 fertilizers contain iron.  This actually helps to keep the grass from burning during the hot summer months.  Check the bag to confirm if your fertilizer contains iron.

It's Time to Put Down Your Step 3 Fertilizer

Here’s an example: Scotts Step 3 Lawn Food with 2-Percent Iron, 32-0-4

The manufacturer recommends applying fertilizer with iron to a wet lawn.  They also suggest not watering the grass for 24 hours so that the iron can be absorbed through the blades of the grass.  However, if the temperature is more than 90 degrees, you will need to water after applying the fertilizer.

Special Note:  According to the manufacturer, if your fertilizer contains iron, you will want to keep this fertilizer on the grass.  Sweep up any excess left on your driveway or sidewalk, otherwise, the iron may cause staining.  If you apply  this fertilizer to a wet lawn as suggested, it may also stick to your shoes, so be careful not to track it onto surfaces which may stain from the iron.

Resources

  1. For more details from the manufacturer, see:  Scotts Website – Turf Builder
  2. You may also want to read the full label of the bag: Scotts Step 3 with Iron

Watch for details on Step 4, which we put down in September, around Labor Day.

Additional articles you may enjoy on our website:

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Silver Maple Trees: It’s a Love-Hate Relationship

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 2 Fertilizer

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 4 Fertilizer

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