I’m just going to say it —
I hate school fundraisers. Hate ’em!
I’m not talking about the fun car wash or bake sale types of fundraisers, because I those are usually pretty fun. I’m talking about the school fundraisers that require students and parents to sell things like overpriced cookie dough, candles,wrapping paper, and coupon books. Trying to sell this stuff is usually rather awkward and embarrassing, even when it is for a good cause.
Now, I know that some of you will probably think of my as a bad parent for admitting this, and that’s fine. However, I also know that many other parents are with me on this.
In my opinion, school fundraisers have gotten out of control. It’s just a pain trying to peddle low-quality overpriced goods to parents who can’t afford it anyway, because they dropped a small fortune on buying overpriced junk from their own children. It’s also uncomfortable trying to sell to “customers” who realize that they can’t afford the goods in the school fundraising catalogs, but who, at the same time, feel obligated to help out.
I’m also a horrible salesperson, so that doesn’t help a bit. Heck, I have trouble talking to cashiers in grocery stores due to some mild social anxiety, so selling expensive items to people? The thought makes me break out into a cold sweat.
For the past few years, I’ve been able to skip out on school fundraisers completely. Not a bit of my money has gone toward overpriced cookie dough in tubs or three measly feet of wrapping paper. Before you’re quick to judge, though, let me assure you that just because I didn’t drop money on school fundraisers, doesn’t mean that I don’t support our local schools!
Hate school fundraisers, but still want to help out? Try these ideas…
Make a Monetary Donation
This is usually the route I take, and it works out great for everyone. I’m not stuck shelling out $30 for (in my opinion) useless junk that isn’t worth it, and the school gets all of that money instead of just a small percentage.
A couple of us double checked with my school’s PTO before sending a check. They were delighted with the idea, and even more thrilled when the people that usually bought fund raiser items sent checks instead. I only wish that I had thought of it a couple years sooner.
Is your school raising money for something specific? If so, why not buy a portion of that something and donate it.
You can also donate goods that your child’s school, such as supplies like crayons, pencils, paper, tissues, art supplies, or anything else they may need. The school itself won’t have to pay for these items, and there will be more money in their budget for other things.
Be a Team Player
If you’re a people person, why not donate your time in lieu of spending money on school fundraisers? Contact the PTO to see what they may need help with. This is also a great way to help out if you’re just flat broke too.
If you have a special skill, you could also bring that to the table. Your school may be in need of a baker for a bake sale, photographer for school functions, or qualified chaperones for a field trip.