Why does the end of term cost so much?
I was feeling quite smug yesterday when I realised that I hadn’t got any cash out of the ATM for over a month. Obviously I’ve spent money – I’ve paid bills online, written cheques and used my debit card for the grocery shopping – but what it does mean is that I haven’t been frittering away bits of cash from my purse. You know: A coffee here, a pedicure there; a quick sandwich; something for lunch from Spinneys – nope, none of that has happened.
Which is great.
But then the end-of-term bills started rolling in. Not for next year’s school fees, of course – the bank transferred the bullion for the 2013-14 fees back in January – but for all the “little extras” that go with the end of the school year.
Today alone, I was asked by various school people for a total of AED 981 (£179), which I’m supposed to take to school, in cash, tomorrow, divided into various envelopes to be left at various collection points. Here’s a breakdown:
Class photos: AED 510 (£92.70)
AED130 or AED 255 framed (£23.60 or £46.30) – two children, two framed photos.
Year 3 School trip: AED 125 (£22.70)
Bowling + cinema (I’m not saying anything).
Costume for nursery summer concert: AED 46 (£8.30)
No doubt some piece of lurid nylon to be worn for an hour. If DS is anything like DD, he’ll fall sick and never even wear than damn thing.
Teacher end-of-term gifts – Nursery : AED 150 (£27.20)
For one teacher and two assistants.
Teacher end-of-term gifts – Year 3: AED 100 (£18.18)
For one teacher and half an assistant
Parent rep end-of-term gift – Year 3: AED 50 (£9)
TOTAL: AED 981 (£179)
I wonder what tomorrow will bring…