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!