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The Ultimate Family Household Goods Shopping List


Miscellaneous Goods
Video games can keep kids (and husbands) entertained on rainy days and weekends.
Video games can keep kids (and husbands) entertained on rainy days and weekends.
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Some of these items encourage family fun and togetherness while others are unquestionable necessities that belong in every home -- like a first aid kit, for example. This list of miscellaneous goods is more diverse the other lists in this article, but most of these items are no less essential:

  • DVR and DVD player: Many families enjoy spending time together around the television, whether they're watching the nightly news or cheering on their favorite sports team. Pop in your favorite DVD to unwind after a long day of work, or settle in to a recliner and watch a TV show that's been recorded on your DVR.
  • Camera and video camera: Having a camera or video camera will help you document daily activities in the lives of your family members, whether you're on vacation or at the local community center watching your daughter's ballet recital.
  • Games: Board games and video games can provide your family with hours of entertainment, and they can keep restless children occupied indoors on a rainy day.
  • Computer with Internet access: Owning a home computer with Internet access is an important modern-day item every family should have. Add a home printer to print children's homework assignments and documents you'd like to keep a hard copy of.
  • Office supplies: No matter how electronically up-to-date your home may be, every family needs a supply of paper, pens, pencils, markers, paper clips and at least one stapler. If you have small children, it's probably a good idea to have a stockade of art supplies like crayons, finger paints and craft paper handy for sudden moments of creative inspiration.
  • Bicycles: Bicycles offer an environmentally friendly way to explore your town or city, and riding them will not only burn off some extra calories, but keep you healthy, too.
  • Sports equipment: Does your family enjoy playing sports? Consider installing a basketball goal in the driveway, and have a baseball and a couple of mitts lying around for impromptu games of catch in the backyard.
  • First aid kit: Finally, don't forget a first aid kit that includes hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol, antibacterial ointment, bandages and gauze -- you never know when a family member might take a tumble and need some quick patching up!

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