Thrifty Finds

This week’s Thrifty Finds

 

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We are definitely on countdown to the end of term and I have a lot of Thrifty Finds purchases to make this coming week.

Meanwhile, last week’s Thrifty Finds included:

  1. I found a couple of items on my holiday clothes list:

The white shirt cost £10 from the Save the Children store in Bath. Although it is slightly pricey it was in excellent condition and just what I had been looking for. Over the years I have picked up a couple of cheesecloth shirts from charity shops. The fabric is just so lovely for wearing over tops in the summer. Despite breaking my Golden Rule of never taking anything WHITE on holiday (it’s a pain to keep clean and also to wash) it will be going in my holiday suitcase.

I also picked up the blue playsuit from the same store for £7. I do like it, and it will be great to wear with swimwear on holiday. However I’m beginning to wonder if it is a little too small…

Anyway, two things ticked off the list!

2. This past week – and this coming one – are really busy. I am home alone with the kids, and it’s drawing toward the end of term with all the concerts, shows, presents etc to arrange. So I have spent some time writing out a schedule so that I can be organised, and know where I need to be and when. I also cancelled a couple of appointments at the weekend just so I could take a breath……

3. Which brings me to the thorny subject of Teacher’s Thank Yous. I have written here and here, both on my attempt to produce affordable gifts – and to also step off the conveyor belt of the End of School Year. This year I, once again, purchased some personalised thank you cards for the girls to write their own messages in.

4. My daughter spent the week taking part in an amazing work experience opportunity at The Egg Theatre in Bath; a purpose built children’s theatre adjacent to the Theatre Royal. She had a wonderful week: working with other students to produce their own show, and learning all about budgets, behind the scenes work, costume buying, marketing etc. She applied for this work experience on her own and I am very proud of the initiative she used. We also got to watch the show at the end of the week for just £4 each. The entire week was fully funded as well and has really inspire her to pursue a career in the arts.

5. On Saturday we had one of the best events of the year in our village! For the second year running The Festival on the Hill was held in three venues and featured some brilliant local bands. Tickets were only £10 each. I also got to use my reusable plastic pint glass for all my drinks 🙂

 

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Teacher’s Thank You Presents?

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Since my eldest started school in 2006 I’ve seen a big growth in the end-of-year presents for teachers and teaching staff. At this time of year it’s impossible to set foot in any card shop (or even our village post office) without seeing a rack of ‘thank you teacher’ cards and accompanying gifts. While I think it’s a lovely sentiment to say thank you to the people who educate your children I struggle with the idea of presents. It’s not that I don’t think the teachers and TAs aren’t worth a thank you gift. It’s just the type of mass-produced presents that are out there and the pressure I feel as a parent to purchase these gifts.

Some schools have a policy of asking parents to donate a certain amount of money to purchase one larger present for the teacher which is a nice idea but can be a struggle financially. A group of my friends get together every year to make scones and homemade jam for their children’s teachers which is a lovely sentiment – and a joy to eat!

As you would imagine there are whole pinterest boards devoted to these gifts (okay I confess I created one too and at one point was convinced I was going to make loads of apple shaped gift boxes out of plastic bottles). In the US it seems even worse with ‘back to school’ gifts and a whole teacher appreciation week.

In the end I copied what I did last year and created some simple thank you cards online which I wrote with the girls. I also blatantly stole my friend’s idea and made a hamper of tea, coffee and biscuits for the staffroom so that all the staff and teachers who have helped my girls through the years could receive a thank you too.

What are your thoughts on teacher’s presents?

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