8 School Fundraisers That Should Go Directly In The Garbage Can

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As the mother of two kids in grade school, I am inundated weekly with fundraisers we are asked to participate in. Their school is trying to build a new playground and I am very supportive of that endeavor. The PTO has had parties and Fun Nights at school where the admission price and all money spent on refreshments and games go toward the playground fund. I think that is an awesome way to raise money, as are the t-shirts they sell, because it all feels very much optional. You know what I hate? The stupid packets that come home selling over-priced shit that no one wants or needs. And that every other kid in our giant district is also trying to sell. That means most of my mom friends have to sell for their own kids and I hate to keep bothering my family members. So you know what ended up happening until recently? We would just buy some dumb stuff ourselves so we don’t feel like schmucks. Not anymore.

I have decided recently that I refuse to burden us with this nonsense any longer. The ordering, the money collecting, the distribution of the items after the fact- it is all one giant pain in my ass. I wish they gave us the option at the start of the year to just write a check for whatever amount we can do and call it a day. I really am at the end of my rope. That said, some fundraisers are certainly worse than others and at this point, I have seen them all. Here are the school fundraisers I have been sent that go directly in the garbage.

1. Avon


I know many people are loyal to Avon and I’m not bagging them as a company but I think this is a super awkward thing to have little kids hawking. It is a pretty private purchase and just doesn’t jive for me as a school fundraiser but our kids brought it home the first week of school this year. All The Ugh.

2. Tupperware

can't do it

I love Tupperware and Pyrex but the catalogs for fundraisers are always SO overpriced. I can do much better at my beloved mother-ship, Target.

3. Otis Spunkmeyer cookies


$16 for heavy, frozen, cookie dough that can melt on the way to delivering to it’s buyer. Even a baking novice such as myself could whip up some decent chocolate chip cookies and buy every single ingredient for that $16 with tons leftover. No thanks!

4. 31 Bags


Why are these so over-priced? I got a $25 lunch bag for myself once. The handle tore off after three months. FAIL.

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