A Thrifty Birthday Cake

Last week I was in line behind a mom buying birthday supplies for her 5 year olds birthday party. She bought an adorable bright frosted Dora birthday cake, Dora plates, napkins,and Dora candles. They were all so cute, till I saw the price…….It came to over $40. Don’t get me wrong I am not saying there is something wrong with buying your kids fun birthday cakes. But I can’t afford that, so I started to feel guilty, like my kids might be missing out.

Yesterday was my Daughters 4th birthday. We made a point to make her day extra special. I asked her if she wanted to help me make her cake, she squealed with delight. She had fun looking at the box telling me how many eggs we needed, pouring in the water and mixing with the big girl mixer. After they cooked I let her frost them with pink frosting all by herself, she thought that was a blast! They might not of been as pretty as the ones at the store, but she was so proud of her work.

The cake mix I bought a few weeks ago at an Albertsons sale for .25 cents, the frosting was .30 cents after my coupon. So the whole cake cost less $1, my daughter had some great 1 on 1 time with me. She kept saying mom this is so fun, can we make another cake. I realized I didn’t need to feel bad about not buying her the expensive Dora cake. Our home made cake brought just as much joy to her! SO no matter what your budget may be, you can always make your kids birthday special.

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