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    School fundraisers are the worst ...

    It seems like kids are doing 6-8 of these a year.

    If anything it teaches you to say no to your kids.

    Color me suspicious, but I wonder how much of this popcorn cost is actually going to the Raving for Rickets cause and how much is going towards "administrative costs".

    But it you sell 10k worth of stuff you get this sweet lava lamp.



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    Re: School fundraisers are the worst ...

    The school I work at just switched it to ONE fund for the entire year.
    Parents love it and the $$$ is rolling in.



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    Re: School fundraisers are the worst ...

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUKyro View Post
    The school I work at just switched it to ONE fund for the entire year.
    Parents love it and the $$$ is rolling in.
    That's how it should be done. We get all the normal ones (too many already) but also one for every different sport and club. I usually do only one.



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    I just write the school a check. I think that is easier for everyone, plus the school doesn't have to split the money with the company of whatever junk they are selling.



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    Re: School fundraisers are the worst ...

    Three kids and they had to sell magazines every year thru eighth grade. Always wanted them to say that the average take per kid was $X and we could instead donate that amount.



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    Re: School fundraisers are the worst ...

    Quote Originally Posted by cyflier View Post
    I just write the school a check. I think that is easier for everyone, plus the school doesn't have to split the money with the company of whatever junk they are selling.
    Same here. I'd rather not have any of my $20 going to the candy bar company, and instead have all $20 going to the school.

    I don't make my kids go around and knock on doors. It's humiliating and I don't like bothering my neighbors like that. We just don't do them and give the school some money instead. Kids have become nothing more than little salesmen for the schools. It's gotten ridiculous.

    But you can't beat my one neighbor. They have a sign in their yard that says "No Soliciting", which is fine with me. But then they have their own kids running around the neighborhood all the time selling stuff. So it's not ok for other kids to try to sell them stuff, but it's ok for their own kids to do it to others. Classic stuff right there.



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    Re: School fundraisers are the worst ...

    I think it's telling about our commitment to our schools funding wise that we even need to have these. I agree they are annoying though.



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    Re: School fundraisers are the worst ...

    One thing I really don't mind is a savings card for local restaurant/shops. I think they are usually $20 and its typically get an appetizer at Applebess with 2 entrees/buy a large specialty at Caseys get a free medium.



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    Re: School fundraisers are the worst ...

    The school where my brother's kids go does a thing where you can buy out of school fundraisers. For something like $50 or $75, they promise to not approach you for any other fundraisers that year. I wish my kids school did that -- instead they have plant sales, butter braids, discount saver cards, popcorn.



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    Re: School fundraisers are the worst ...

    Quote Originally Posted by im4cyclones View Post
    The school where my brother's kids go does a thing where you can buy out of school fundraisers. For something like $50 or $75, they promise to not approach you for any other fundraisers that year. I wish my kids school did that -- instead they have plant sales, butter braids, discount saver cards, popcorn.
    Does it come with an electric fence to keep other peoples kids out of your yard?



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    Re: School fundraisers are the worst ...

    I agree with most of this, I often give kids money and say put all this towards you cause... I'm not interested in what you're selling. But my FFA sells fruit, and I always have customers call me wanting to order because no one contacted them. It's fresher than what you can get in the store and we don't take a full 50% mark up like many other fund raisers.


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    Re: School fundraisers are the worst ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Chipper View Post
    It seems like kids are doing 6-8 of these a year.

    If anything it teaches you to say no to your kids.

    Color me suspicious, but I wonder how much of this popcorn cost is actually going to the Raving for Rickets cause and how much is going towards "administrative costs".

    But it you sell 10k worth of stuff you get this sweet lava lamp.
    It's not even that. There are companies out there, who's sole business model is built around pushing their crap through school fundraisers. Now, I'm not opposed to companies making a buck and helping out schools, but a lot of them push it off like some kind of charity thing, when in reality they are making their 40 or 50% margin, then giving the school a buck for every $20 item sold. I worked for a design company who had a client who did this with stationary. Instead of charging the normal $20 for a set, they just charged $25 so they could still make their normal cut. The reason I don't like it, even though it's a fundraiser, they are basically getting a free sales force, in children none the less to push their garbage.

    Jeez, just look at the whole Girl Scout Cookie scam.



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    Re: School fundraisers are the worst ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    Does it come with an electric fence to keep other peoples kids out of your yard?
    Not sure. I will text him and ask. His kids go to a small private school in California. I just remember him saying it once (when my kids were hitting him up for a fundraiser).

    Edit:
    Sounds like you get a card that you can show and say that you have already donated. Doesn't keep them from asking. Just tries to relieve the guilt of not buying. They evidently explain to the kids that if someone has a card, to be polite and thank them for their donation.


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    Re: School fundraisers are the worst ...

    Never got my door knocked on by other kids while we were still living in town. They didn't bother because they knew my kids were in band, chorus, debate, various sports and cheerleading (small schools). At that time the fundraisers were still selling fruits & specialty popped popcorn in great big cans, and candies that weren't available in stores, so I didn't mind. We bought a certain amount from our kids, but most of their selling was at our church in Ames. We had a kind of unspoken agreement with other parents (none of the other kids went to the same school as mine) - you buy a little from mine, and I'll buy a little from yours. Small town Iowa was literally flooded with these things. Never did one for the school outright - it was usually for extra-curriculars: band trips or new uniforms or debate state competition or the like. Now I get these things in the mail from my grandkids (all >100 miles away)...buy 20 magazines and the school gets $$$ per subscription (more like pennies than dollars). I mail the entire thing back to their schools unopened with a check enclosed payable to the school (love being able to google school addresses!). The grandkid gets the credit, the school gets the financial support, and the magazines (which I would never read) and "fundrasing administrators" get nada.
    Win.



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