Usually, if someone (besides me) forgot to put something on the list, they can do without for a couple weeks until payday rolls around again. But some weeks I just miss the mark on things that really can't wait.
What my family deems necessity and what I deem necessity are two different opinions. For instance, if they use the last of the dishwasher soap, they are less likely to write it on the list. I mean, hey, what do they care if they can't run the dishwasher? But because the idea is that they do the dishes the majority of the time, I don't always know when we are out of dishwasher soap. But if we run out of chocolate chips, it gets written on the list no less than three times: "chocolate chips," "cc's", "choc chip."
So when I am not focused on other aspects of the home and I just go by the list, I forget things. I hate running back to the store because I've forgotten something. And the weeks I have to do that it just seems to get worse. So last week I forgot milk, dishwashing soap and chicken stock. So I went back to the store. Then a couple days later I realized it was St. Patrick's Day and I had forgotten to get something green and/or Irish to eat for dinner. I just like to make it a fun dinner. So that was trip number two. Then just when I think I beat it until payday at the end of this week, I realized we were down to one roll of toilet paper. Trip number three before payday.
But now that I have everything I need and payday is just a few days away, I'll probably get cocky and figure I've been to the store three times, what could I possibly need? And it will start all over.
Of course, because I"ve run to the store so many times, I need gas, so at least I'll already be out.