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Passing the buck ... rather keeping the buck ...

May 13th, 2015 at 06:10 am

Every year my kids' school (elementary) has the VIP Show - complete with each grade singing a song and then the spectacular finale at the end with a school-wide sing. I've been at these for nine years now, so I'm nostalgic, but no longer so gung-ho.

I actually recall perseverating about "the" right outfit for each child for several years running. We were always outshined by the one mother with seamstress talents who could sew specific items. I stopped competing and it got to be a bit more fun.

The school then did the "VIP logo-themed t-shirt" a few years back - an art contest with the winners work onto a t-shirt ... available for purchase at $12/each. I did that one year and spent $40 (they were $10 three years ago). No one every wore the t-shirts again, saying they were itchy, ugly, etc.

Since then I stopped buying those, and simply put the kids in a solid-colored t-shirt coordinating with their grade's color. Saving my money. Worst case scenario, I have spent $3.50 on a T shirt at Michaels (and that's before using a 40% off coupon).

Tomorrow is the VIP show. We've got all the required-color T's, and this year I've saved myself $36.

Oh, if I had only been wiser back then ... live and learn ... and keep your bucks ...

4 Responses to “Passing the buck ... rather keeping the buck ...”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Don't you wish the school would just encourage each grade to wear something with their grade's color. I don't get why schools encourage buying one time use t shirts and so forth. Glad you figured out the best way.

  2. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I would do the exact same thing and save the money! Good job!

  3. SecretarySaving Says:

    Great job!

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Well, now you know better. Better late than never, right? Big Grin

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