1. Write the dreaded weekly check to daycare. They deserve every penny of that money for taking such good care of the kids, but it's still al ot of cash. I can't even bear to say how much.
2. Go grocery shopping for the first time all week, stock up because you have the car (usually on foot), and buy specialty stuff for two eating events over the weekend. Discover when you go to pay that you have forgotten the gift card you were saving to use for this major shopping event.
3. Pick up your new contact lenses, not just any lenses, but gas permeable lenses which cost $75/each.*
4. Hit Costco for some diapers. Discover when checking out that membership is up for renewal. Fork over $50 more than planned to cover another year's worth of buying in bulk.
5. Go to IKEA to buy the kids comforters and sheets for increasingly chilly fall nights. Discover upon arrival that you have forgotten to bring an item for return that would have given you enough store credit to pay for the bedding. Seeing as IKEA is 30 miles from home, nix any thoughts of going back for said item. Instead, adopt, "Fuck it" attitude and buy not only bedding, but a digital scale, a few storage bins, a clock, and some fun ceramic bowls to replace your cruddy plastic ones that have been around since the dawn of time. Oh, and lunch. Buy lunch, too.
At least I'm going to a free pizza party tonight. We're going to check out a co-op playspace. Forty-five dollars buys a season's membership into a church basement gymnasium playspace with a toddler climbing area, balls galore, riding/push toys, etc. I'd have to work three 45min. shifts at the space over the course of the season (open now through late spring), but a shift can take the form of running the dress-up clothes through my washing machine or handling various admin tasks. Seems like a good deal for the upcoming stir-crazy days of winter. The commercial drop-in playspaces around here run about $7/child/visit, so $45 is a serious bargain. Plus I'd rather support a local co-op than a commercial venture.
*Of course, you only have to replace them every few years, and you'll get reimbursed from your flex med spending account, but still.