I just spent a good amount of time cutting up two 13 inch, and one 9 inch cake base from foam core board. Apart from the process being mildly irritating, it got me thinking... am I really saving that much money compared to buying cake drums in bulk?
I love the freedom I get with foam core; I can cut a board whatever size I want rather than being stuck with the standard 2" increments.
For that freedom: I have to drive to Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon or buy them on sale (30% off the last time), laboriously cut them up, changing xacto blades every now and then, clean up the grand mess I tend to make. So quite a bit of time, energy, and the cost of xacto blades.
For $4 and change + the cost of gas + xacto blades, and my time I can get two 13 in and one 9 in. cake bases/drums.
So compared to just ponying up and ordering them in bulk at $15.62 + shipping for a six-pack of 14" drums, I reeeally don't think this foam core route is the way to go.
I could very easily have spent this time making a sugar flower that I can charge at least $15 or $20 for. Le sigh. Reminds me of the time I tried to make a peony without a cutter and spent ages 'free-handing' the petals. A cutter would have saved me a few gray hairs. SMH.
Are there supplies/tools you always 'splurge' on because it's not worth your time to try to DIY them? What are they?