Fundraisers!!! Who else hates these awful fundraisers?

fundraiser candy bars - fundraiser candy bars... uggggggh
United States
March 21, 2007 5:29am CST
I have two children in school and twice a year am forced to sell from funraiser books for the both of them (4 total) Now my eldest has a box of candy bars I have to try and sell. Wow, it seems like every time I turn around they want me to sell something else!! I usually end up buying the stuff myself. UGGGGGGGGGGGGGH I hate fundraisers. Anyone else?? Sorry for the rant.
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17 responses
@mazo77 (20)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Wow, that sounds like a lot! Luckily, my son's school only does one big fundraiser in the beginning of the year, so it's not so bad.
• United States
21 Mar 07
I wish it was only that. AND they take school pictures 2x a year. Once in the beginning of school and once in the Spring,, oh and they don't ask if you want the pictures, they just send the whole packet home. Probably figuring you'd just keep them instead of sending them back.
@mazo77 (20)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Yes! My son's school does the picture thing twice a year too...so annoying. The first 2 years, I bought them, but now I just send them back...
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• United States
21 Mar 07
the first year, they come with picture stickers, and my sons actually got them out and stuck them everywhere. Now since the package was "used" I was stuck buying it !! Now I grab it quick, if I have already bought the pictures earlier in the year, I send it back. If I like the spring ones I might buy it.
• Canada
21 Mar 07
Yes, I completley agree with you! Even last year with my oldest just starting junior kindergarten they had him bringing home stuff! The worst was the expensive wrapping paper! People were like sure I'll buy some, then they see the prices and couldn't help but get a little silent and lose all eagerness and end up buying one roll ( and that was grammy). The worst about these ones is that nothing of the proceeds are going to anything croncrete for him! No school trip or special day, I'm not even sure what it was going toward.
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• United States
21 Mar 07
I think it goes towards the school or something. I hate having to ask people to buy something, you can always tell by their faces they are only doing it out of feeling obligated.
• United States
22 Mar 07
I have an idea for you. Get together with the other parents and make a pact that you won't sell anything unless it goes for something specifically to benefit your children. I'll bet they change their tunes quickly.
• United States
14 Nov 07
Hello Yes I have my own web site that I try to use to promote as a fundraiser but I don't seem to have to much luck with it could I get a little feed back from ya about it please. http://www.michaelsdream.giftswithtlc.com
@Connie1013 (1098)
• United States
23 Mar 07
I have a love/hate for them. I love doing like the first one of the year but after the 7th one, I am burned out. If the school would only do candy bars it would be great. No they have to do magazines, christmas junk, Little Ceaser's Pizza, shoe strings, pizza cards which are $10 a piece, and market day. I have 3 kids in school. I can't do all 3 and I am lucky. My kids usually forget to give me order forms. Great topic. I did one like this too. I guess I missed yours. Sorry!
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• United States
23 Mar 07
that's ok.. I am just sooo burned out already. I have done 4 fundraisers since the beginning of the year already.. uggggggh !!!
@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
22 Mar 07
hi! I think such kind of fundraising is not a common practice here in our country specially to kids at school. But we also do fundraising..like now, I'm working on one "sacrificial dinner" it's our fundraising activity for scholarship program.BUT we don't pressure anyone to buy tickets,it's annoying I know..I would not want that happen to me too. Anyways, writing the school like other respondent suggested is a good idea,or if you feel guilty ask the school to just send you one fundraising stuff instead of giving 2 of your kids..
• United States
22 Mar 07
they are at different schools, so just sending 1 won't work. I'll figure something out here shortly
• United States
22 Mar 07
i had to do this in high school-to raise money for field trips.i hated it-you almost always got stuck with the whole box,and sometimes they even made you pre-pay for the box-then it's a complete loss if you don't sell them. the only thing that saved me most times,was my grandmother's friends who had a sweet tooth. good idea on paper,but bad idea in general.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
the candy bars I am selling right now are $1.00 each/$40 for the box. You cannot return the open box. So what does that mean ?? If I don't sell them all I'm stuck paying for them !!
• Ireland
22 Mar 07
i know how u feel i have 4 kids ,the school allways sent home 4 of everything to be sold or bought.how are u going to sell that amount of things
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• United States
22 Mar 07
it's outrageous !!!
• Philippines
22 Mar 07
yap!!I agree with you,schools are that are forcing the kids to sell and raise funds for their own is really irritating.You're sending your kids to school because you wanted them to learn about life and be proffesionals someday....but sometimes schools asks for parents some help for the maintenance of the school..for me it's better to do solicitations than make kids sell products that are so expensive that thier usual prize..
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• United States
22 Mar 07
and what is awful, is they announce a "winner" whoever sold the most, so you get these competitive parents trying to outsell each other so their obnoxious child can win another award !!
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
22 Mar 07
I know how you feel. My oldest has been doing it ever since she started school. The first few times she either sold one item or didn't do it at all. Well the past two years, she's been able to sell 25 items each time. I haven't bought anything not because I don't want to, just because it falls around a time when I can't afford to. So next school year, I will have two kids in school. I don't think I will be taking them out to do this. Mostly because of the fighting over who sells the most, and when someone buys something who's form does it go on. The last fundraiser my daughter's school had was for a good cause it was for the American Heart Association. My daughter's goal was to raise 50 dollars to get a T-shirt and to help. By the time she was done, she raised 45, so I put 5 in to get her to the 50 mark. This one didn't bother me, because my dad suffers from heart problems. One part of his heart is bigger than the other part. So he goes to a heart doctor a lot. So this meant a lot to me personally. When I was in school we sold candy, not that expensive either. We made a lot of money, now it's hard to do that with so many people complaining. Honestly I don't see myself paying 8 bucks for wrapping paper when I can go elsewhere and pay 2 bucks for the same amount of paper. One good thing they don't have these fundraiser's all the time, it's just once a year and it's right before Thanksgiving. Just wish that every school in a state would come up with something different so people wouldn't get burnt out on it.
• United States
22 Mar 07
I usually if they are both doing it and really want a prize, I put all the orders on one form and they share it. It's really the only way I can think of to be fair.
@NatureBoy (493)
• Singapore
22 Mar 07
ha ha. Happens all the time. I sometimes top up the fund myself too. But I look it differently. Cos most of these stuff are quite cheap. And it just doing the kids a favor. But seriuosly I do hope that the schools will stop it. They live on a government budget, where I am, so is there a need to raise more funds?
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• United States
22 Mar 07
i wouldn't mind once a year, but it is getting outrageous !!
@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
22 Mar 07
Kind of a shame that the government that is SUPPOSED to pay for public schooling doesn't, isn't it? Why not send the fundraiser things to work with your spouse, or take it to work yourself?
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• United States
22 Mar 07
I do take it to work already, but don't think I should have to harass my co-workers for fundraisers.
@vitausp (101)
• New Zealand
22 Mar 07
Thankfully my children are all grown up and working, but I remember well the school fundraiser, or should I say begging. Schools seem to think parents have nothing better to do other than sell stuff for them. If they want to fund raise they should get a stall on the local market or go door knocking themselves. It would be much more honest to simply ask for a donation, or better still manage their affairs better so that they don't need to fund raise.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
I agree and seeing that I have to pay annually for registration, they charge for any and all extracurricular activities including sports, you'd think they leave us alone !!
@breezie (1247)
• Canada
21 Mar 07
I t seems like our kids school is fundraising constantly. Most of the time they don't participate unless it is something that they want to do.Even then they don't sell much of the stuff since our family is not in the area and they are not to go door to door here either. I refused to let them sell the crazily priced wrapping paper. If it's something like that I just send it back to school the next day with a note saying they won't be participating. I would be more into the fundraising if it was for a class trip or something like that. My daughter is in brownies and they sell cookies twice a year. The money they raise goes towards a camping trip, so I'm fine with it. We have no problem selling a ton ofv them. I take her around the block to our neighbors and my boyfriend takes some to work and they are gone in no time.
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• United States
21 Mar 07
yea, food is always easier to get rid of...lol
@pudgles (414)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I stopped my children from selling the fundraisers. seems like it gets more costly every year and the stuff isn't all that great! I understand its for items for school, but it turned out from my large family and friends, they too got sick of helping out, and it was only 2 of us spending alot of money to get them that prize they wanted. so we stopped it. you can refuse to sell it, just let the school know that you don't want your child(ren) selling any fundraisers and they will respect that, I did...5 kids sellling the same thing at the same time was costly like I said, Had to put a stop to it. But when they get into the 11 and 12th grade, do it for it helps with their senior trip. less you need to come up with for it
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• United States
21 Mar 07
I know what you mean. All my family is in Florida (I'm in Illinois) and my husband's family is in Cuba. We have to rely solely on people we work with/friends. It is a major burden.
@mikec86 (23)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Hello misheleen73; I dont hate fundrasiers but I have a website that I use for fundraisers. That website is http://www.michaelsdream.giftswithtlc.com I do very well making money for what I start the fundrasers for and I split the profit for the fundraisers 50/50 for the items we sale for a 2 weeks span. It has over 7000 Unigue gifts for all ages and holidays special occasions and what other times of the year there are. Thank You mikec86
• United States
22 Mar 07
thanks but no thanks.. I have enough with my kids
• United States
22 Mar 07
Check out my post below. You might be interested.
• India
22 Mar 07
my dear friend, there is no need for u to be so angry , wht ever you do its not going to change i think , by loosing your anger you are simply reducing your precious life , try to see the positive side of the program , might be its helping some kid who is not forunate as your kid, but obvioualy if there is too much of that stuff no body can stand , try speaking to other parents also and race the things in he parents teachers meeting , obviously they have to take a decision . if they didnt head tell them that the teachers and principal of the school college or what ever should take part in this , let them also know the pain of it , good luck, i hope i didnt make it too bore
• United States
22 Mar 07
I am not so angry.. it was just a rant because I got suckered into yet another fundraiser. I'm ok..don't worry, I'm not reducing my life... venting helps...lol
@samrat16 (2442)
• India
21 Mar 07
I generally sell greeting cards once a year for WHO ( world health organisation ). All money which earn through seven days of hard work goes to charity . Money is used for vacination and medicines of poor small children . Anyway these kind of fundraisers cannot be asked to done under some pressure , if a person wants to do it from his/her soul than it's okay .
• United States
21 Mar 07
unfortunately almost every single school in the United States has these fundraisers and tries to make you feel guilty if you do not participate.
• United States
22 Mar 07
I completely understand how you feel about selling things but I would like to make a suggestion about fundraising that you may want to suggest to your schools. I create designs for t-shirts, coffee mugs, buttons, etc. You may want to suggest to the school that I'd be happy to design something for them for free and they can offer the items online to those who wish to buy and resell the items for fundraising. I will even contribute 20% of the profits after the cost of the site itself, of course, which is only $14 a month. Anyway, if anyone is interested, please add yourself to my friends group and then send me a private email about it. Again, I would do the design for free, so it wouldn't cost the school anything and this way the kids could buy t-shirts, etc. and support the school at the same time.