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#80130
Feb 12, 2013
 
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
I have just decided that February 2013 is my last year of spending any money on coworkers' kids' fundraisers. Butter braids. GS cookies. Heggen's pizza. Those are three of the several items on our counter at work right now.
I always told myself "people bought from me when i was in school selling stuff." I did that for four years. But now I've been repaying that generosity for 25 years!
I officially resign from the purchaser of anything that your kids need to do their fun activities. Sorry, parents. If we're close, I probably buy bday and christmas gifts for your kids. That's enough.
And making this decision 2 minutes ago FEELS GREAT.
I don't buy from others and I don't push my kids stuff on others. I just think it's gotten ridiculous.

My mom used to drop me and my two bros off at farm & fleet and have us sell stuff outside the door when we had fundraising for baseball. We'd be decked out in our uniforms. I absolutely hated it. We'd be there for what seemed like an eternity. I won't make my kids do that.

What's even worse is they have all these fund raisers for school and tell the kids they can get all these prizes if they sell stuff. My kids came home thinking they are going to get an ipod. I told them ... no, this is a scam ... you would need to sell a bazillion of these things before you could get that ipod ... you if you work really, really hard, you might get an eraser, at best.

We have a fair at school (with carnival rides and games), fundraiser nights at various restaurants, and book fairs ... I'd much rather do stuff like that to support their school than have me or them have to pitch stuff.

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Feb 12, 2013
 

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someone in my wapo forum posted that at a big school band meeting, the director said "If every family gives me $15, we don't need to do any fundraisers this year." Then said it was a flurry of reaching into pockets and purses.

Toj

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#80132
Feb 12, 2013
 
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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Typical man hater joke!
Definitely. But funny.

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Feb 12, 2013
 

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RedheadwGlasses wrote:
I have just decided that February 2013 is my last year of spending any money on... GS cookies.
Refusing to buy girl scout cookies is only punishing yourself!

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#80134
Feb 12, 2013
 
Toj wrote:
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Oh. Well, here's a way to call him on it. Tell him you want to go to Mass this Sunday and would like him to accompany you.
Call him on it? How so? When my mom visits, she still goes to church. Asking me to go is not going to get me to go. Not sure what your intended outcome of "calling him on it" is.

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Since: Sep 09

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#80135
Feb 12, 2013
 
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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Washing my hands in the restroom at work this morning, I looked at myself in the mirror. got back to my desk and added to my Target list "hair color."
I'm refusing to dye my hair. I'm the laziest hair-doer on the planet and I detest the look of roots so...

Both my grandma and mom are were/are a beautiful silver so I'm going to see what happens.

“What's it to ya?”

Since: Mar 09

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#80136
Feb 12, 2013
 
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
FWIW, my coworkers are not pushy at all. They put forms on the counter at work and nothing gets said about them.
I was wondering how you were going to implement your non-purchase plan without being "mean" or whatever. Glad to hear your co-workers aren't all "buy from my kid or you're not a good friend" types.

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Feb 13, 2013
 
PEllen

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Feb 13, 2013
 

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Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

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Feb 13, 2013
 
Sublime1 wrote:
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I don't buy from others and I don't push my kids stuff on others. I just think it's gotten ridiculous.
My mom used to drop me and my two bros off at farm & fleet and have us sell stuff outside the door when we had fundraising for baseball. We'd be decked out in our uniforms. I absolutely hated it. We'd be there for what seemed like an eternity. I won't make my kids do that.
What's even worse is they have all these fund raisers for school and tell the kids they can get all these prizes if they sell stuff. My kids came home thinking they are going to get an ipod. I told them ... no, this is a scam ... you would need to sell a bazillion of these things before you could get that ipod ... you if you work really, really hard, you might get an eraser, at best.
We have a fair at school (with carnival rides and games), fundraiser nights at various restaurants, and book fairs ... I'd much rather do stuff like that to support their school than have me or them have to pitch stuff.
I went to private grade school and we had to sell crap nearly every month. I had to go door to door in a neighborhood where 80% of the kids went to the same damn school as me and were selling the same stuff. Humiliating and awful for an already shy kid. I would never make my kid do that.

J put up a "no solicitors" sign by our doorbell and kids selling delicious goodies are apparently the only ones that can read it and comprehend it. The fecking Jehovah's Witnesses don't realize it's for them.

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Since: Sep 09

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Feb 13, 2013
 
squishymama wrote:
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I'm refusing to dye my hair. I'm the laziest hair-doer on the planet and I detest the look of roots so...
Both my grandma and mom are were/are a beautiful silver so I'm going to see what happens.
I cut all my hair off 2 weeks ago. Went from about 6 inches below my shoulder to a pixie. I am loving it. Going to go broke buying cute girly hair clips and headbands on Etsy.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

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#80141
Feb 13, 2013
 
Matilda77 wrote:
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I cut all my hair off 2 weeks ago. Went from about 6 inches below my shoulder to a pixie. I am loving it. Going to go broke buying cute girly hair clips and headbands on Etsy.
I have been tempted to do that, but my hair guy keeps telling me I have Angelina Jolie hair (that's the ONLY physical trait we have in common!) so I'm trying to enjoy that for a while.

Maybe when it gets really grey I'll cut it short again.

“The two baby belly, please!”

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#80142
Feb 13, 2013
 
Matilda77 wrote:
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I went to private grade school and we had to sell crap nearly every month. I had to go door to door in a neighborhood where 80% of the kids went to the same damn school as me and were selling the same stuff. Humiliating and awful for an already shy kid. I would never make my kid do that.
J put up a "no solicitors" sign by our doorbell and kids selling delicious goodies are apparently the only ones that can read it and comprehend it. The fecking Jehovah's Witnesses don't realize it's for them.
I don't. We just ask family and don't really worry about it.

My husband's company (sales) had a session on fundraising on Take Your Kid to Work Day. Lulu wasn't old enough last year, but I'm going to see if we can get her signed up this year. Even if you never get good at it, it's helpful to know the techniques.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

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#80143
Feb 13, 2013
 
Who doesn't want to be saved?
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The fecking Jehovah's Witnesses don't realize it's for them.
PEllen

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#80144
Feb 13, 2013
 
RACE wrote:
Who doesn't want to be saved?
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Jesus saves. Moses invests.

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Feb 13, 2013
 

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Feb 13, 2013
 
squishymama wrote:
http://www.today.com/moms/adop tive-moms-newborn-photo-shoot- 13-year-old-son-goes-1C8347362 #
Very sweet.
I love it! He has a great sense of humor.

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Today is Ash Wednesday. This was today's Gospel reading: Matthew 6: 1 - 6, 16 - 18
1 "Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
2 "Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
4 so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
5 "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
16 "And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
18 that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

We then had ashes put on our foreheads to wear all day. Anyone else find that ironic and/or hypocritical?

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Feb 13, 2013
 
Matilda77 wrote:
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I went to private grade school and we had to sell crap nearly every month. I had to go door to door in a neighborhood where 80% of the kids went to the same damn school as me and were selling the same stuff. Humiliating and awful for an already shy kid. I would never make my kid do that.
J put up a "no solicitors" sign by our doorbell and kids selling delicious goodies are apparently the only ones that can read it and comprehend it. The fecking Jehovah's Witnesses don't realize it's for them.
I seem to have made an impression on the last batch of them to stop by. Haven't had a visit from them in almost three years now.

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RACE wrote:
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Long ago when I lived in the fecking desert I was making paper mache ornaments for Christmas. I ran out of newspaper and had no car, a sleeping baby and was about to pack all the supplies up when the doorbell rang.
JWs.
I told them I was so happy to see them, and curious about their church, but couldn't talk then. Could they please leave me some literature???
So, for a two bit donation I got two copies each of their pamphlets, printed on newsprint and made another half dozen ornaments for the tree!! LOL!!
I'm sure if they'd known what would happen with their Watchtowers they'd have just had a FIT!

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