Brilliant Box Tops

I consider myself a no nonsense parent. That means I steer clear of gimmicks.

But the Box Tops For Education people are pretty smart. They draw in the teachers, who tell their students, who bug their parents. Brilliant.

Each one is worth ten cents. Get enough people collecting them over a period of time and there’s no telling how much money you can raise. So, when the push for Box Tops came, I checked around and found we buy a number of things with Box Tops. I figured I would cut them out and send them to school. One time. It was my little offer to help. Then came the response: “Send more Box Tops.”

Next thing I know, my kid is shouting at the top of her lungs in the dairy section of the local discount store, “Double Box Tops! Double Box Tops!” Before I realize what I am doing, I reach for said item and put it in the grocery cart. Brilliant.

Sure, it’s something I buy occasionally, but did I really need it? Of course, I did. The kid needs the Box Tops to give to the teacher so that the school can turn them in and make money. Brilliant.

Those little tiny pieces of paper now have their own paper clip and a spot in a kitchen drawer. So much for being a no nonsense parent.

I’m sure I’m not the only who got sucked in. How did your child’s school get you to do something you said you wouldn’t?

  • Blanc2

    We have been sucked into the boxtop thing. We almost never buy processed food of any sort, but the boxtops are mostly on processed food. So it violates our personal mores in several ways.

    To answer your larger question, yes, parenthood has lead me to do things I never in my wildest imagination anticipated doing, starting with selling my motorcycle when my son was born and using the cash to buy the crib and armoir for his bedroom.

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