The No Soliciting sign was hung by the front door with care. Can it really be that simple?
Vacuum cleaners, security systems, wreaths, popcorn, and cookies. Yes, I said it. Even cookies.
If you’re in money saving mode, save yourself the hassle of saying no and the guilt that accompanies it by putting up a no soliciting sign.
Save Money With A No Soliciting Sign
Girls Selling Cookies
We’ve all seen the signs that read:
‘No Soliciting, unless you’re selling cookies! ‘
I might lose a few of you here. Before I had my very own Girl Selling Cookies, I thought these girls were selling cookies to make the world a better place through noble projects. Visiting the elderly, doing projects for those in need, perhaps supporting a child in another country. These were the thoughts that danced through my head when forking over the $5 for a box of cookies.
I quickly realized money earned was used for trips to Build-A-Bear, the American Girl store, daycations to the city, and even family vacations. Why on earth would I want to support family vacations for Girls Selling Cookies when we are staying home? I do realize there are groups out there that are quite noble, I just don’t know which is which.
Multi-Level Marketing Companies
And then there’s all the MLM parties. I know, I know, it’s a great way for moms to make a buck or two and have a chance to socialize.
I’ve tried MLM’s myself and felt like people avoided me like the plague. It’s just not my game.
I admit to changing the topic fast when you bring up your MLM opportunity.
I have an allowance and more than likely would rather spend it on a new pair of shoes than the latest kitchen gadget. That’s not to say there aren’t some awesome products out there. I would love to have them all. My allowance dictates otherwise.
What about fundraisers? The kids come home thrilled to pieces about that iPad they’ll win if they sell a bajillion items. I’m all for supporting schools and have danced the fundraiser dance many different ways.
- Let the kids ask everyone to buy and then buy from their kids too. Good Lord have mercy.
- Buy the cookie dough. Kids get the one item prize.
- Buy the kids a prize myself and forget about it.
- Donate a little cash in lieu of purchasing another roll of wrapping paper.
- Volunteer my time. That’s worth a whole lot more than the few bucks they’ll get from that coupon book!
- Ignore the whole situation.
I’ll tell ya what, if it’s something we normally purchase, I’m all over it. It’s got to be something useful. The neighbor girl selling discount car wash tickets to the place I like to use. Bingo!
The student selling a wreath when we’re perfectly happy with our fake one. Probably not going to happen.
Let’s make a deal. My kid won’t ask you to buy stuff if yours doesn’t ask me. It’s a win, win!We're all so busy buying from each other. Stop the madness!Click To Tweet
You have a cause, I have a cause, the neighbor has a cause, the guy on the corner has a cause. We’re all super passionate about our cause.
If you’re in the situation where you are able give to every cause, holy moly, tell us your secrets.
In the meantime, perhaps I could wear a No Soliciting sign around my neck. What do you think?
Or how about one to post on Facebook? Think it would do any good?
If you knock on my door, don’t be in shock when I say no to you or your cute kid. It’s all about choices. We’ve got to make the right ones for our budget and family.
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