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Cupcakes Anyone?

November 2nd, 2011 at 06:02 pm

Today I had to bring cupcakes and juice boxes to my kids class. Plus, I had to get ones that were allergen free in addition to the regular ones. I had to bring items for over 20 kids. So...I went to the grocery store and bought 24 cupcakes for $15.99! That is half of what I pay to fill the car. I also got the Capri-sun "100% juice" boxes/pouches, not so organic, but really how much do I have to pay in addition to tuition? The kids go to a pre-school where most of the parents are very "We shop at Wholefoods for everything" type. The cupcakes were neon in color, not so Wholefoods...so all the kids will probably be pooping neon green and orange.lol. Wow, I could have made 24 cupcakes for $1.75. That's why I love them so much, but I didn't want to look too cheap or deal with the mom looks either. I am having a hard time figuring out how to balance the classroom/kids items and dealing with our cash flow without looking like an uncaring mom. I think some of the class and school activities are ridiculous and wonder if I am the only one?

7 Responses to “Cupcakes Anyone?”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    The first step to getting out of debt: stop pleasing other people!!!

    You should have made homemade cupcakes. If someone doesn't like it, then they can skip eating a cupcake. Be an example of another way to do things. I know from experience that most people think things are way over the top at schools. However, people keep doing those things because they are afraid of being judged. If someone doesn't like you because of the cupcakes you brought, that really is more of their problem for being so shallow. It really is.

    And no. You aren't the only one. Most of us on the blogs would likely agree with you.

  2. monkeymama Says:

    In addition, what do you mean that you "had to bring cupcakes and juice boxes to class"? I am more of the mind that I do not have to do anything. (& makes it much easier to stay out of debt, indeed).

    I am just wondering if this is something you volunteered for. Next time, I wouldn't volunteer. & if you have to (some sort of obligation), definitely make the cupcakes yourself, next time.

  3. scrappytappy Says:

    I actually think that making cupcakes is a nicer gesture than buying some overly expensive hoit-y toit-y cupcakes. Making cupcakes (even ones that aren't perfect) shows that you took the time and effort to think in advance, prepare and put a lot of care into making them.

    It's funny because around here, people think you're less than if you didn't bake them yourself!! Going to the store is a short cut and the "BEST" moms always make everything from scratch.

    I favor the hybrid option. Betty Crocker that I got on sale for .50 cents each with frosting that was .75 cents. 20 minutes and it's DONE.

  4. mamas debt time out Says:

    I think the cupcakes are just a metaphor for what's been going on.Creditcardfree is really on point about pleasing other people and afraid of being judged. It's hard to walk the line of being judged and also not wanting my kid to feel left out or embarassed too. However, it has gotten better since last year where I started making better choices and friends, interestingly enough the old/two faced ones still continue to call me etc.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I've been there, done that. I say, the h*** with other moms. Let them go to Whole Foods, let them yammer if they don't approve of what you bring. They are not worth your while. You are a good mom, doing your best for your children. Period. If you believe that, and I think you do, it will see you through.

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    When I made homemade chocolate cupcakes with homemade chocolate frosting for my son's birthday last year, the kids in his class were oohing and ahhing over how much better they tasted than store bought ones. A couple of kids even wanted the recipes to take home to their parents! You just never know how kids will react. I wouldn't worry about the other parents. Your life will be a lot happier if you quit worrying about what they think. Next time I'd make them and bring in a gallon of juice you got on sale and some cheap paper cups instead of drink boxes.

  7. -Jerry- Says:

    Our friends had something similar occur when they brought something that wasn't gluten free to class, and some of the parents reacted as if they had brought a loaded gun to class. It leads me to wonder what is wrong with people. I think the only insurance for keeping everyone happy is to bring paper cups of water and dry rice cakes.

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