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My Grandson came home from his 4th day of kindergarten,with a fund-raising packet. It promises prizes etc. It also instructed us as parents to use the selling process to teach Math and Reading skills.It tells us to sell to friends,neighbors,family and co workers.It will support the school and save these people time and money because the products are things they would bye anyway.Really I want to find the person who thinks 6 pretzel wrapped frozen hot dogs is a bargain at $18.00.Now I am sending it all back tomorrow and asking the school to not send this crap home with him again. I know that somewhere someone will feel it is their duty to buy a $25.00 frozen cheesecake but not me. The people I know are struggling just to put a decent dinner on the table. I am also informing them that after buying clothes ,supplies paying fees including a $9.00 class party fee for 3 seasonal parties(don’t even get started on that one),I don’t think a $12.00 tub of cookie dough is in my budget! Anyone else feel this way?

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      Vikki Hall wrote Sep 3, 2009
    • LOL! I did feel that way when my kiddies were little. I hated all the pressure put on them to compete. It almost pits the parents against each other. I’m all for healthy competition just not done this way.
      Now for the cheezcake.... I probably would pay just about anything for a GOOD cheezcake because they really are my weakness.....

      Now I gotta run to the grocery store and get me some.....



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      Mzd3 wrote Sep 3, 2009
    • Yes, I always hated the fundraisers....



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      Marya1961 wrote Sep 3, 2009
    • It was time consuming and I found many people did not want to buck up any more than a dollar to help out our son, so I am glad those days are over.



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      Mztracy wrote Sep 3, 2009
    • We only do the chocolate bar fundraisers. Hubby takes em to work, and BAM ... Sold! lol

      For the ones with gifts etc, I may buy one from each child, but never ask anyone else.



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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Sep 3, 2009
    • I hate these fundraisers. My niece and nephew bring home the catalogs and they are really full of junky items and expensive too. I do buy to help them out, how could I say no to them. Then they have the magazine drives. I don’t need any more magazines and the ones I do like are now renewed for many years to come!



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Sep 3, 2009
    • Why do they always overprice these things???  I feel so bad for the little ones that “didnt do as good” as some others.  

      I do think it’s a great idea that they tell the kids not to go door to door.   At least someone was thinking there.

      xoxo



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      Robin Clark wrote Sep 3, 2009
    • Sounds like they are starting earlier every year.  I don’t want anyone stopping at my door this year.  I am not going to be very giving because things are tight and right now I am tired of all the people going house to house trying to get you to buy things and you feel guilty when you turn them away. I know that schools need to raise money but this is really to soon seeing school just started.



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      Anonymous wrote Sep 3, 2009
    • Your question came at a perfect time because Im not sure what to do.  I am cash poor, living on a home equity loan have no money for myself. An aquaintance called today and asked me to donate 30.00 for a fund raiser for surgery for someone that cannot get insurance it is absolutely a necessary surgery.  I offered to donate BRAND NEW items that would raise far more then 30.00.  She said in a snobby tone you can donate items and give the cash too. She said a meal cost more then 30.00!!  I dont even have 30.00 for a meal these days, I make spaghetti w/jar sauce on sale from Ralphs and it lasts for days. I lost my appetite due to stress from lack of $$$ (good thing I need to lose 15lbs)LOL.

      What do I say to her if she asks me again for cash?



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      Lazylola wrote Sep 3, 2009
    • Anonymous ~ Just say no, do not feel guilted into doing something you cannot afford to do. It is a rather noble thing she is doing in trying to raise money, you offered items and that should be good enough. I hate when people do this, try to guilt others, we all have our financial struggles, perhaps she doesn’t but that was beyond tacky to say what she did.  

      Missunderstood ~ I no longer participate in these school fundraisers, both of my school aged sons understand and support my decision to not participate. One year we went above and beyond and my son was the top seller over all the school. Yet when we went to turn in the order and the money and he was selecting his prizes they said he would only be eligible for one. The literature said otherwise. I stood there with my son disappointed because they were telling him he could only have one thing when clearly he should have had a pick of 5 items. In that moment I grew some balls (pardon the expression) and I stated that he would pick 5 items and he would get those 5 items and if there was a problem with that they needed to let me know on the spot. They weren’t expecting that and I spent almost 2 hours arguing with them but my son and I worked hard at selling the over priced items and I would have to make 3 trips to carry everything out and I would also have to find somewhere to store the cookie dough until I could get it all delivered so I was not going to back down. I waited for them to do the right thing by my son and they eventually conceded to let him pick the 5 items,had they not I would have cancelled the order. I didn’t even have to tell the boys never again, they said it for me. I’d much rather donate the funds directly to the school than go through that nonsense.



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Sep 3, 2009
    • Anon: say “I do not mean to be rude but take it or leave it.”

      I was in Parochial School in Hong Kong.  Sisters wanted us to sell raffle tickets... my poor mom would buy the whole package.  frown

      I do agree those items in the catalog are over prized.



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      UK Girl wrote Sep 4, 2009
    • Anon - sorry but if you have your own problems tell your friend emotional guilt isn’t going to work...

      Hey ladies all that fund raising just the same in the UK - just handed over money for neice on day 3 of her new school for all kinds of rubbish ......

      Alice used to bring bills home from her school and there was no choice just pay the bill .....



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      Lilwhitedaisy wrote Sep 6, 2009
    • My daughter just brought home a fund raiser...she said ” i dont care what you do with it“...I think even the kids ( teenagers) think it is all a waste of their time. The prizes arent worth their time, and what they are selling isnt worth the price. Moneys tight these days, i am not buying over priced cookie dough, or cheap plastic crap! I would be MORE than willing to actually donate the cash to the school if they would just ask! If the teachers want money...ask , stop sending home this other stuff, If i want cheesecake i can go to Safeway and buy it for $12.00 if i want cookie dough $2.00 ...i can buy wrap at the dollar store! BAH HUMBUG i say...and it isnt even Christmas!estatic LOL



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