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Ready. Set. Shop!

July is a great time great time to shop.  Whether you’re looking to start your holiday shopping early, or simply get a great deal for something you need around the house, check out some of our favorite products.

Do you have these tools?

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There are some things that just make life easier. Here are some items we have around our home:

  1. Stay organized with this dry erase wall calendar. Planning your month is easy with this large calendar. Room to list several activities on each day.

2. Pair the wall calendar with these fine tip dry erase markers to make writing fun and easy:

3. Do you have a small lawn or beds of plants? 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.

4. Cleaning up leaves and helicopters from trees is a breeze when you have the right tools. Simply blow into a pile and suck up with this leaf mulcher: Black & Decker High Performance Blower

5. Need to remove water from your pool cover? We love the Little Giant Pump.  It seems to have enough horsepower to get the job done. We’ve tried other pumps, but this one seems the quickest, and has lasted for years.

This pumps gets a lot of use.  During the swimming season, it comes in handy to drain the excess pool water after a heavy rain.

Solutions for Your Household

Wondering what else we use around our home? Check out our solutions to help you run your household. From maintaining crystal clear pool water, to keeping the moles away, we’ve shared our favorite items in these categories:

  • Lawn Products
  • Pool Supplies
  • Cool Gadgets
  • Small Appliances
  • Electronics

Check out our favorite products here:

Fill Your Own Easter Basket for Under $15

Easter is right around the corner, and we’re here to help with ideas and a free printable budget. Let’s take a look at how you can fill your own Easter basket for under $15.

Select an Easter Basket or Pail and Some Easter Grass

At Running A Household, we opted for a simple Easter pail which sells for $1. You can find this at your local Walmart or dollar store.

You’ll also want to pick up some grass to line the basket or pail.  In addition to the standard green grass, you’ll find that the grass comes in many different colors.  We’ve seen the following festive grass colors: peach, yellow, purple and even aqua blue.

Fill your own Easter Basket for Less than $15

Select Easter Candy

Here are some ideas for selecting Easter candy:

  1. Chocolate Easter Bunny
  2. Peeps
  3. Cotton Candy

A chocolate Easter Bunny is a must have for all Easter baskets. Peeps are a great addition to the basket.  They come in large packages, and are relatively inexpensive.

Make your own Easter basketCotton candy is another one of those special treats that are cheap, but fill the Easter basket nicely.

Consider adding a few toys to your Easter basket

Toys and small gifts for an Easter basket vary according to the child’s age. For younger children, a coloring book and some washable markers are great.  For our basket, we added a package of Pokemon cards and a mini-Lego toy.  Other indoor toys might include Silly Putty, Play-doh, and an Easter book.  Since Easter is in the spring, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and a kite are also possibilities.

Fill Your Own Easter Basket for Under $15

Before heading out to the store, have a simple budget in mind.  This will help you stay on track and within your budget.  Here’s a breakdown of the cost to make our Easter basket:

$1.00 – Easter Basket or Pail

$1.00 – Grass

$3.00 – Chocolate Easter Bunny

$1.50 – Peeps

$1.00 – Cotton Candy

$7.50 – Toys

$15 – Total Cost for East Basket

Easter Basket Printable Budget

Before you head out to go shopping, be sure to print our Easter Basket Budget.  It will help you plan what you need and stay on budget.

Easter basket printable budget

Good luck making your own Easter basket. Happy Easter!

P.S. If you are hosting Easter this year, be sure to check out our popular article:

Hosting Easter? A Menu Planner, Cooking Timeline and Checklist You Can’t Miss