Budget Buster: Forgetfulness
We went away this past weekend and battled the Great Canadian Winter... We travelled 'home' to see my family which is about three hours away from our actual home. It was a less than awesome trip due to the very inclement weather. We started out in freezing rain and ended up in extreme winds and white outs. We were driving our truck which does not have four wheel drive. When we finally arrived at our destination we ended up getting stuck at the top of a hill that was our hosts' driveway. Lots of 'boy fun' later our truck arrived at the bottom of the hill via the other side of the hill (not meant for driving) and less one mirror thanks to an apple tree. Thankfully, it's a beater truck and the mirror will probably be very inexpensive to replace. It was definitely an adventure.
The boys opted not to attempt the hilly driveway a second time and parked our truck at the road. This was fine until it was time to leave and the winds were blowing, the snow was flying, the baby was fussing and we left the house via different doors at different times, each of us under the impression that the other was carrying the diaper bag. After about a half hour of driving in once again white out conditions, we received a phone call that our diaper bag had not accompanied us on our snowy journey. What's worse is that this wasn't just a diaper bag- it was our son's suitcase for the weekend.
Turning back to retrieve the bag was not an option at this point so we decided to carry on to our destination, pick up some supplies to get us through the night and pick it up the next day. However, having lived in the city for several years now, we've forgotten all about small towns and mainly, that people in them have their priorities in order and would rather spend Saturday evenings doing things way better than manning any of the local grocery stores/ retail outlets.
Thankfully, we were able to find one small grocery store that was open. They had a very small selection of diapers, wipes and baby food. Our forgetfulness cost us about $25 in items that I really didn't need since I cloth diaper and make my own wipes.
The inclement weather did do us one favour though; we ended up using very little gas on our entire trip since we had to drive well below the speed limit for the entire 6 hours of the journey... yay!