Are You Ready for the Onslaught?

Are You Ready for the Onslaught?

Are you ready for the onslaught?

Are You Ready for the Onslaught?Yep, it’s back-to-school time and the fundraisers are already pouring into our house. My two youngest kids (who are still school age) are both in band, so we get double the amount of fundraisers here.

I get it. The education system is extremely under-funded with less and less money every year to use for materials to support educating our children. I try to help out wherever I can. And there are certain fundraisers that are very popular with friends and family every year. For example, the band programs here have Coca Cola fundraisers every year where they sell cases of 20 oz. soft drinks. People love it.

Are You Ready for the Onslaught?But there are others that I just trash (sometimes) because if I don’t, then I’d be calling on people every other week peddling various products. Things like Avon, 31, Pampered Chef or those ones that sell kitchy little stuff like wrapping paper and ribbon or kitchen gadgets.

Last year, my son’s high school band sold rolls of large trash bags in either black or pink to raise money for the band and support breast cancer awareness. That one was pretty popular.

Then there’s the prize levels of items the kids can earn by selling the products. Fortunately my kids are older now (12 & 15) so they don’t care so much anymore about all the little prizes all the time and don’t guilt me on selling everything for them.

Are You Ready for the Onslaught?These pics are of the fundraiser our daughter recently had for band. This was the first one of the year and had stuff that we wanted to order, so we participated. Those Cheese & Pretzel Bites were the first thing I added to the order for, because I know we will all enjoy them. I also ordered the pretzel sticks with cheddar cheese, cuz … of course! Right? And that Caramel Apple Cheesecake looks to-die-for, so that went on the list, too. My older daughter ordered the chocolate cheesecake and the hot fudge melts. She ended up selling about $300 worth of stuff to support the band, so that was pretty good, I think.

So, though I cringe internally whenever they bring these fundraisers home, I’m always interested to see what they’re selling because I’ve actually gotten some pretty neat stuff for birthday or Christmas gifts/stocking stuffers out of it over the years.

What are your thoughts and feelings about school fundraisers?



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About Wendy

SAHM of 2 kids, one adult kid (my 21 yr old daughter) and one middle-age kid (the hubby). Currently interviewing to return to my career working with juveniles in foster care and/or with cases in the district court system after taking time off to raise my own children. Avid animal lover who cares daily for our dogs, cats, fish, rat and chickens. My MIL says I need a cow for fresh milk; I say No Way!!! (LOL) Hobbies include listening to music, reading, writing, blogging (a new passion), watching TV (Homeland and True Detective are new TV-drama obsessions) baking, cooking, crafting, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I'm a laid-back mama who prefers not to micro-manage the lives of my family (though I feel sometimes like they micro-manage mine as my schedule mainly consists of coordinating all of their schedules). But, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

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