Monday, September 29, 2008

School Fundraisers

A.k.a. The bane of my existance!!!

I loathe school fundraisers. Let me rephrase that. I loathe feeling like I need to go panhandling to family, friends, and close neighbors begging for them to purchase things I don't even believe in. Especially when I have to figure out which kid I'll let harrass which potential sucker...uh, buyer.

My greatest foe comes in the form of a book. Do you know the one I'm talking about? It's so colorful with many fantastic looking coupons, ready and willing for you to take a chance that you really will save more than the $20 it costs you to buy the book in the first place.

The only problem is, the coupons are typically for things you don't want in the first place! I don't care if I can get a family of four into Disneyland for practically no money at all. I have a family of six! I've never wanted a Ranch Burger and probably still won't want one even after the discount. Thank you very much. Not to mention most of the places are either so far north or so far south of where I live, by the time I drive there and back I've spent all the money I saved.


We have a new principal at the kids' school this year. He's been great, all the teacher's say so. But he seems really gung-ho about fundraisers. No sooner did we send back the empty book packets than a new fundraiser has started. Granted this one I can sink my teeth into. It's still difficult to try and tell the kids I can only buy one thing of cookie dough from each of them. Of course, it's cookie dough, and I love it. But it's a bit hard on the pocketbook, especially as I normally refuse to let the kids bug anyone else to buy some.

Why normally, do you ask? I've decided to let the kids loose this year, and give those of you who are smart enough to read this blog fair warning. So don't be surprised if you get a phone call asking if you'd like to buy some White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, or Pumpkin Chocolate Chip. Feel free to say no. I'm just tired of being the bad guy in all this.

Of course, if you'd like to jump ahead and volunteer to buy some, I won't decline ;)


LaDawn said...

I totally agree! I didn't go into sales for a reason, because I stink at it. And you end up spending more money than necessary on stuff that you don't REALLY need and probably wouldn't have bought anyway. Then you're wondering why you can't just donate the cash so you don't have to bring the extra stuff/calories into your home, but for some reason that's not allowed, at least your cute puppy-eyed kid doesn't get the worthless toy for that, you have to BUY something.

Cynthia said...

Donating some cash would be great in my opinion too. I didn't bother buying the happenings this year as it didn't get much use last year. I feel the same way!