For a time in life if we had batteries, fine... if not, fine. We didn't have many things that required batteries.
That is, until Little Flower arrived.
We realized that many of her things require batteries (swings, bouncy chairs, sound soothers, etc). Our family laughed as we entered a phase in life where we should probably have a supply of a variety of batteries on hand. More than just double A's - we are talking multiples of C and D.
Then it was all topped off by my Papa giving us a fun family game that also required batteries that we did not have. We accidentally left it on after we first played it only to have to replace them again.
We are looking into rechargeable batteries. :)