But all fundraising is not created equal, especially for work-at-home moms who don't an office full of people to sell to.
My kids' school has a fish fry every week for six weeks. You'd think that would be my worst, but in fact it's the candy bar sales. I just don't need all that chocolate in my house. what is your least favorite school fundraiser? Worst School Fundraiser?
Just say no
- All of them. Most of the profit goes to the vendor. It is demeaning to sell. I just ask what the average seller actually brings in after costs and write a check. It is not worth bothering freind's and co-workers who should not be asked to pick up the cost of activities I have chosen to let my kid participate in. I have never understood that aspect of it. The products are not worth the money, they are overpriced. Guilt drives up the price so some stranger, the vendor can profit. I don't participate in these scams.
- —Guest Mary
that sugar loaded cookie dough
- i absolutely love raw cookie dough, will eat it by the spoonfuls! i am a diabetic trying to lose 150+ lbs, and hate having those buckets of dough hanging around to tempt me!
- —Guest gal1956
TOO MUCH ALREADY
- Wrapping paper and useless gadgets that are way over priced and break the first time you try to use them. Seems like our elementary school uses the same tired fundraiser ever September. How about something new and useful?? Shopping bags?? How about items you could use as Christmas Gifts - beverages, even the good old chocolate bars are better than wrapping paper.
- —Guest debbie
- Any (except for magazines that I need) but especially when it involves contests. They "got to have" that flying pig hat-glowing saucer ring-glitter wallet, etc. Junks up the house & the planet. NOT a good message. How about a Silent Auction of recycled items instead? I loved the one I went to & got some nice items, including a few collectibles. It would be faster to list the Best School Fundraisers.
Anything everyone else is selling.
- Every school, sports org., dance club, etc always seems to have the same fundraisers. How many tubs of cookie dough do I have to buy?!!
- —Guest Lois
I'd say chocolate, too
- Yup. While I love chocolate, I don't like the conflict of interest it creates - my son's school doesn't like parents to send treats with lunches yet they'll let them and us hawk giant candy bars. What message does that send? Sheesh.
- —Guest Lisa
- I don't like anything that involves collecting pledges. The only people I feel comfortable having my child hit up are her grandparents.
- —Guest Catherine
- I am so tired of fundraisers, books, wrapping paper, food, gift cards, candles - you name it! Just tell me what my portion is going to be and I'll fork it over. None of this "We get to keep 20% of the profits!" I'm still paying $20 for something I don't need or want. I'd rather give the $20 to the school and skip the clutter.
- —Guest Robin
- Gift-wrapping paper! I only think of gift-wrapping paper 15 minutes before I have to wrap something ... as it should be.
- I hate when the fundraiser is something like frozen cookie dough or pizzas, that I have to store until I can get them to the buyers. I never have enough room in my freezer, so I'm running all over town delivering the day it arrives whether I really have the time to do it then or not.
- —Guest Anne