Being a working parent is hard. Most of the time I feel like I am flying by the seat of my pants just praying that it all works out.  There are rare moments when I am on top of things – bills paid, dishes washed, permission slips handed in, client work caught up, dinner on the table.  It is in those moments where I feel like I am a superhero.  I’m all bringin’ home the bacon and fryin’ it up in a pan.

And then there are the normal days…

Case in point:  We’re out of food.  I worked the entire weekend and didn’t get a chance to go grocery shopping. So I had exactly ZERO to choose from in terms of making the kiddos lunches today.  No bread. No lunchmeat. No juice box.  I didn’t even have any cash to send them to school with to buy their lunches.

SOOOOO…. I had the brilliant idea of  “saving money” and running them into the grocery store before school started to pick up some Lunchables.  Since we were running at a manic pace I told the boys to pick it out at meet me at the counter.

NEVER. DOING. THAT. AGAIN.

$15 later we have their lunches and are on our way to school.  Yeah. Kinda didn’t “save any money.”  I should have scraped up four dollars worth of change instead.

WHY THE HECK ARE CONVENIENT THINGS SO EXPENSIVE, ANYWAY?

I’ll tell you why.  It is because of people like me.  The non-planner-aheaders.  The too-busy-forgot-to-shoppers.

That was one shortcut FAIL.