School Pictures

United States
March 24, 2009 1:34pm CST
Hello :) I am being bombarded by school pictures, my kids had fall pictures (the ones for the year book) My 7 year old had spring pictures the beginning of the month, and they'll be in this week, and I'll have to pay for them by next week. My 5 year old will be graduating kindergarten this year, and I have to pay for those by Thursday, then she'll have spring pictures April 6th or 8th. I'm wondering how many school pictures they really need or that I should buy. When I was growing up we were lucky to get the school year-book picture. But, I feel bad if I can't buy all of them. Do you buy all the pictures your kids' schools take, or do you just get one package? I'll definitely get the graduation pictures, I mean really, how often do they graduate kindergarten? With the spring pictures, they do bookmarks and keychains, and they're really neat, so would it be okay to buy the spring pictures and not the fall ones, do I get fall and not spring, or do I just give in and go broke buying both?
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3 responses
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
24 Mar 09
I am with you! My daughter had school pics in August with her class. Then holiday pics with Santa. Then my son had pictures taken when he was 6 weeks old, that was 8 weeks ago. Then my daughter had spring pics taken. No one can purchase all of them. We'd go broke. The 1st picture we have taken as a family of four, my hubby took via timer on our digital camera. I am thinking this is the way to go. Cute, candid and a money saver! Buy only 1. That's what I do. once a year per kid.
• United States
24 Mar 09
Your kids are adorable. I'm thinking only 1 package from now on also, especially since the cheapest package that get enough pictures for the grandparents is $30. If I buy 2 per kid per year I'm spending $120. Which probably doesn't sound like much to some people, but I'm already broke, plus they get you with fundraisers at least twice a year. Thanks for your response.
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
26 Mar 09
You've got a couple of cuties there yourself. $120 is a weeks groceries! I agree with you.
• United States
26 Mar 09
Thanks: )
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
24 Mar 09
School pictures are a great way to document your child's early years growing up but I am sure you take plenty of pictures of your own. I took pictures of my neice on her first day of kindergarten. Some day when he has kids of her own the photo I took will have more meaning than the generic one the photographer took that is almost exatly like the ones all the other kids have. With today's technology you can easily scan and make copies of the school photos for friends and family members if you choose to get them. You are not going to be a bad parent and your kid will survive if you don't buy all those picture packages. Plenty of kids grow up without all those extras and turn out just fine.
• United States
24 Mar 09
Thank you for your response. I don't understand why the school's taking so many these days, I'm 30 years old, and when I was growing up they had the ones at the beginning of the year and that was it.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
24 Mar 09
It's yet another way for them to bring in money.
• United States
25 Mar 09
Ya, between pictures and fundraisers throughout the year, us parents go broke.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
25 Mar 09
My son always has fall and spring pictures. Last year I bought them both times, but this year I am not planning on buying the Spring ones. They were taken last week. All the kids got their pictures taken anyway, but the parents get to choose to keep them or send them back when they come in.
• United States
25 Mar 09
That's how spring pictures are here too. They go ahead and take them, then if you like them, you send the money back or you send the pictures back. You can also buy them per sheet. thank you for your response.