I can’t believe it happened already. My daughter came home with the first fundraiser of the year and school doesn’t even start for another 10 days! This one’s from gymnastics and I can either buy $20 apple pies that will be delivered for Thanksgiving or fork over $50 (that’s the minimum per family “investment).

May I just say “GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR?” I’m all for supporting our girls and their team. Really, I am. I just have a problem buying completely overpriced, over-sugared items at ridiculous prices to show my support. I’m not much more enthusiastic about wrapping paper, magazines, candy bars or popcorn and have sent in cash every year since kindergarten in lieu of sending my kids out to peddle junk door-t0-door. I know, I’m a curmudgeon, but I make an exception for Girl Scout Cookies so all’s forgiven. Right?

It’s also somewhat embarrassing that our company, ECOBAGS.com, has a great fundraising program called ECOBAGS for GOOD and our parents group is not offering that as our fundraiser! Shame on me for not going to that last parents meeting!

The ECOBAGS program offers fabulous, eco-friendly essentials at reasonable prices, with high profits for participating schools, non-profits and community groups. What’s more, the program is simple and straightforward, low tech and involves minimal amounts of paper! Don’t even get me started on those fundraisers that are 4 inches thick and have tons of glossy paper and plastic inserts.

Ah well, there’s always the holiday fundraiser…and the spring fundraiser.

Do you have any fundraisers coming up that you’d rather fill with great products than junk? Check out ECOBAGS for GOOD.

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