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Nickel & Dimed

May 17th, 2011 at 07:32 am

I think it gets better in the higher grades. I got an e-mail recently from a 2nd grade room parent: "Do your own gifts!" IT was the teacher's birthday or something.

Don't get me wrong - both the kids have AMAZING teachers and I am sure they deserve to be spoiled a bit. I have mostly played along when it comes to the extravagant group gifts throughout the year. But, the Kinder e-mail was asking for a ton of stuff for some big year-end party (complete with entertainment and bouncy houses) and then asking $20 for a teacher gift. The thing was this person really wants to get her an airline ticket. I don't know why. We contributed for Christmas but only 1/3 or 1/2 of the families contributed. So, if I Really thought she'd get an airline ticket, and she really wanted one - then sure, whatever. But I don't see it happening. I wrote her back and declined (so she could plan ahead - I doubt anyone else will let her know ahead of time they don't plan to contribute).

I am gifted out. I think it's a bit much.

Lest I feel like I scrooge, dh told me he planned to get her a really nice Scholastic voucher anyway. Will be free for us, while very valuable and useful to her. Now I can honestly tell room parent that "We already got her a gift."


I got a $13 insurance refund. I have $2 in my checking account. I probably need to buy another set of aerobics classes ($30) and may need some cash for San Francisco this weekend. With all the mortgage chips I have just been paying the mortgage after the first of the month. Though I use my 16th paycheck to pay it, it kind of works out to pay it after the 1st of the following month. Then I don't have to rush to deposit my paycheck on the first - a few utilities, and piano lessons are due right away.

So, anyway, I could probably really use that $13 for other things, but I will just add it as a mortgage chip. The insurance was already paid and I wasn't expecting a refund. It will work out.

That said, I may back down on the mortgage chips through summer. Seems to be more travel and stuff like this. More cash expenditures, etc. Summer will be over in a blink, and then back to aggressive mortgage chipping.

4 Responses to “Nickel & Dimed ”

  1. patientsaver Says:

    Reminds me of so many offices I've worked at where they're constantly asking for donations for some charity or someone's birthday or someone's coming baby. Now they ask you at the grocery store register if you want to donate to such and such charity. What, am i made of money?

  2. baselle Says:

    Well, the plane ticket gift is a pretty intimate gift if you ask me. Like jewelry and furs gift where my first thought is, "Do I have to put out for this?" Smile

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    It would be interesting to know where they got the idea of a plane ticket ...

  4. mamasita Says:

    Oh, gosh, I'm a teacher, and I would feel terribly awkward if I received cash/plane ticket for a gift! I love home made cards or something yummy to eat, anything that shows I was thought of. Really.

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