FUNdraisers and the Door-to-Door Strategy.

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At Kroger there were adorable little boys selling popcorn for Boy Scouts – I soooo remember those sweet innocent days where we sold Girl Scout cookies AND not worrying about whether or not they went straight to your hips (Those WERE the days!). Now, if I just look at the Thin Mints (my personal favorite), the scale tells me I’ve gained 5 lbs. Get this, from just one cookie. Please, don’t show me the box, people! πŸ™‚

(This doesn’t count because it’s virtual :-D)

Popcorn – there was a time when I was obsessed with the lightly salted and lightly buttered popcorn and would chow that DOWN for lunch. Not such a lovely idea especially because it just makes you overly thirsty and not so hungry at all (later on). Don’t try that at home, folks! Believe you me.

Anyways, back to the point – fundraisers – I have both a love/hate relationship with them. I do NOT like door-to-door sales strategies. After going to school FOR marketing, I find it unnecessary and highly unsafe. I love fundraisers because there are sometimes just really cool things. Really! The unique things you find are like things you find in the Sky Mall.

In elementary and middle school, we had fundraisers all the time for the COOLEST things that I sometimes wanted to buy myself but at that age, without a job, was not such a great idea. Parents would find some of the things I wanted unnecessary, so lose-lose there! I did, however, win a fundraising contest in 5th grade for a $50 gift card to Mall of America rides, and unfortunately, not being a fan of roller coasters at that point, was not such a great prize. Sad face. And, I got that from the door-to-door strategy, which I hated doing because I knew people didn’t want me coming to their door and ambushing them with junk. Plus, I was a shy child.

In high school, we did sell some things – such as lollipops and candy, which unfortunately I COULD buy myself. And, then there was cheesecake for the German club – Mm, yum. Good thing I know how to make a good cheesecake, otherwise I would’ve also bought those. Mm. The strategy for that was not door-to-door, but class-to-class instead, which made life a lot easier because not all the time did you see the same people in your different classes, and hey, sometimes teachers bought things! I always felt like a human vending machine when I sold lollipops and candy, but it was much easier than door-to-door.

Door-to-door strategies – not so cool, at all – as I mentioned. Kind of annoying – and apparently, addictive for the door-to-door salesman!

I like the new strategy of trying to catch Kroger shoppers – hey! Who knows? Maybe I need some Thin Mints for a recipe or something? Right? Riiiight? πŸ˜‰ Just kidding, I don’t like it. I mean, using children for sales is smooth, but isn’t that extortion of some sort? Everyone has a hard time saying “No!” to a cherub-like child. Don’t they? Well, usually, I would, but that one time at Kroger, I was able to walk away with a “No,” but boy, did I feel so mean!! πŸ™

Well, just wanted to say how FUNdraisers are. If you catch my drift.

Have a good day! πŸ™‚

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