I decided it's time to take a step back. I currently have only pennies in my change jar. No one wants to spend them so there is no danger of them being taken out and spent. I'm perfectly fine with leaving the pennies there and letting them fill the jar.
The school year is nickel and diming me to death. Theresa has had a number of field trips already this year. She enjoys them so I rearrange the budget to accommodate them.
Recap of the Field Trips and Costs
There was a fishing field trip with the special education class, this one was of no cost to me. Then there was a walking field trip to a nearby park because of her Accelerated Reading points, again no cost to me.
The next trip was to the local library, the post office, art museum and a local park for lunch. Total cost of the trip $12, a $3 deposit and $9 balance.
Next week there are two field trips planned for her. The special education class is going to a movie and CiCi's Pizza for the buffet Monday, $5 total. Tuesday those with enough AR points are going to see a movie, $10 covers the ticket, popcorn, and transportation.
Total to let the kid have fun going off places she rarely, if ever gets to go? $27.00
The first of the year was Little Miss Faine, and of course I let the kid participate. Entry fee $10, admission $3 per person, so only one of us got to go that day. Total $13.
There is the OctoberFest, this is just what the kid's spend on the snacks and other items for sale at the event.
There are also bake sales to benefit the school, these only cost what you give the kids to allow them to participate and purchase treats during the fund raiser.
Then there are school pictures and a ton of other things that come up, so for now that $1500 goal I set is accumulating pennies. In time it will get more but for the moment it's going to have to be quiet as I take care of other things.