I’m an advocate of – Not Buying It – where home-made options are available (and within my skill set)…
One of my newly developed skills is baking and decorating cakes. I encourage everyone to try and bake a home-made Birthday cake. It’s frugal and personal. There’s nothing quite like your very own unique Birthday cake that no-one else will ever have, well, I don’t think so anyway (but I am a bit of a cake fanatic).
So, as my little-man’s 4th Birthday approached I started planning. There was a cake to bake for his party (not on his Birthday).
But then there was also a cake to bake for the meal we were having later on party day as well. (I probably need to explain….we share our birthday, so we tend to do a mixture of kid and adult based things on party day, hence the heart-shaped cake for later! Suitable for all!)
Okay, so 2 cakes done.
The actual Birthday, however, is today. Which meant another cake to bake and decorate. He’d been promised a Moshi Monster cake for his actual birthday. No problem. Design planned out in my head.
Then, life got in the way. My window of opportunity to do the cake – shut – with a bang.
One mercy dash later and I’d grabbed a Moshi Monster cake from the local supermarket and adapted it slightly to make it a little more personal. Easily done with 4 figures, a badge and candles.
Do I feel that I’ve compromised my simple values?
No, I feel relieved that my Son woke up today to his Birthday table and his Moshi cake.
As with much of life, even a simple life, moderation is key.
I work to the 80/20 rule. Stick with it 80% of the time and you won’t go wrong. But allow yourself 20% contingency – because life, motivation and everything else in the middle can change your course temporarily.
Some purchases just make sense.
Don’t forget I am now updating on Facebook. Pop on over and see my Birthday cake (which I’ve just eaten in one-sitting), baked by a dear friend.