Few things can highlight a lack of basic tools like moving into a house from an apartment. Now that you have a yard, your sweetheart wants to plant some bulbs under the big tree out front, which seems reasonable — until you remember that your only digging implements are a hatchet and a spoon. You need a tool like this Seymour round-point shovel from Northern Tool and Equipment.
This doesn’t need to be the world’s best shovel, just big enough to get some work done and cheap enough not to put a dent in the budget. Maybe this seven-dollar wonder will survive the roots at the trunk of a big tree and maybe it won’t, but it’s a ton better than the hatchet or spoon option.