Friday, April 9, 2010

Sometimes I Think the World's Gone Mad!

I admit it, I'm cheap.  I made my own centerpieces and favors for my wedding and a lot of the decorations for Abby's room.  I just don't like to spend money on things that will quickly be outgrown or forgotten.  I also enjoy seeing how far my dollar can go but still try to make a decision based on quality. I often wonder what people are thinking when they price an item or service.   A haircut, for example, ranges from $15 to $50 or more... Why?  Are the stylist really that much more talented?  Maybe some but not all.  I've gotten my fair share of haircuts and quite honestly, my hair looks the same.  I don't see the value in spending $50 for just a cut (or a "hair design" as the fancier places would say) and then pay extra for a style and blow dry.  Why would anyone leave without a style and blow dry anyway?  I would just assume that I wouldn't be leaving looking like a drowned rat but that's extra.

So, now onto my most recent experience in the overpriced department.  Abby's birthday is less then a week away and we're planning a party.  Just a simple bbq and cake.  Sounds reasonable, right?  Ha!  Has anyone priced birthday cakes?  Now, I know that most grocery stores have reasonably priced cakes but I thought that maybe we could get something a little different at a bakery.  When I was growing up, we always had these awesome cakes and I wanted to give that to Abby.  So, I went looking around and found the prices outrageous! One baker showed me a cake he was working on for a one year old boy.... $265!!! And, it only fed 35 people!!!  Is he kidding... the kid is one and won't care nor remember what the cake looked like!  I swear, people are out of there mind.

What's a mom to do?  Simple, we're getting a sheet cake from the grocery store that I'm sure will look lovely and taste delicious and will cost about $50.  But for next year... I'm taking cake decorating classes and making my own cake!


  1. Have you tried Walmart/ Sam's/Costco? All of those have great sheetcakes, and none are expensive at all!

    Stopping by to say hi from SITS! Have a great weekend!

    Toni @ Hemp & High Heels

  2. $265 for a cake? OMG! Glad you aren't buying that one. As far as a one year old goes, as long as the cake tastes sweet and she can smash it in her hair, I think that's all that matters. For my five year old's most recent birthday, I was REALLY cheap. I made her a cake straight out of the Betty Crocker box. Unfortunately, it looked more like a meatloaf than a cake, but she loved it. :)

  3. @ Toni: Thanks for stopping by! That's what I'm going to do, I should have never even looked anywhere else!

  4. @Shannon: LOL about the meatloaf cake! I really wanted to make her cake but with about 25 people coming over I was told by a few people that I must be nuts so I decided against it. But I think that makes it more special and your right... all they want to do is smash it! I found one at Safeway for $32 today and that's what I'm going with.



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