Two Dimes and a Nickel STILL Make 25 Cents

So it's a normal school night. The kids look in the cabinets and say in unison, "tomorrow is hot lunch day."

I didn't go shopping, sue me.

We're scrounging up money for two hot lunches and a snack and the following convo ensued....

DQ--I have fifty cents (2 quarters), can you help me find fifty more?
Me--Sure. (finding some Hubby's bedside drawers) Here you go.
DQ--What's this??
Me--Um...you're in fifth grade, you're scaring me.
DQ--I need 2 quarters.
Me--I just gave you fifty cents. 4 dimes and 2 nickels. Fifty cents.
DQ--They don't take that kind of money anymore.
Me--WHO doesn't WHAT?!
DQ--The lunchladies. They don't take that kind of money, I need quarters!
Me--You've got to be kidding.
DQ--Seriously mom.
Me--(getting out my fighting armor) I'm going to put this money in a baggie for you and slip my phone number in there. You give them that money and if they don't take it, tell them to call your mom!
Me--(under my breath) I'm gonna send 100 pennies next time just to piss them off telling my kid they don't accept small change....grumble grumble roar.
DQ--Okay if you say so.

We'll see if I get a phone call tomorrow.

Hubby is sure that DQ is just embarassed to take small change. That's crazy! Could it be true?!

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  1. Ranch Girl said...

    Geez, they better take the coins you sent. And, if they don't, I definitely would send 100 pennies next time!

  2. Aubrey said...

    Not THAT kind of money! Noooooo!

    LOL

    Let us know if you get "the call". I'd be surprised if you did!!

  3. Lori aka A Cowboy's Wife said...

    My gosh! I can't wait to see if you get a call or what your kiddo says. HA! Love the penny idea:)

  4. Linda S said...

    Nothing surprises me at schools these days...tell them to loosen their hair nets and give your kids their tator tots!

  5. momto2boys said...

    I would hate sending money each time and looking for money. Do they let them keep a paid account? Sounds like their lunch ladies are crabby patties :)

  6. Cheryl said...

    I would have sent the 100 pennies....

    Or send shillings or something and really screw them up!

  7. Terri said...

    Jesus..who makes up these rules? Next time, send pesos. I'm sure every school in america takes Pesos.

  8. Crazed Mom said...

    Or maybe the lunch ladies are cranky witches who don't want to count all the dime and nickels versus quarters. Could be.

  9. topsytechie said...

    Think it is an embarrassment thing? All the cool kids are just tossing their quarters and dollar bills over the counter like gangstas, while poor DQ is sitting there counting out her dimes and nickels?? Come on Mom, find that little girl some quarters before her reputation is ruined!! ;-)

  10. Lindsay said...

    LOL at the 100 pennies next time! I hope thats not the case that they wouldnt take it.. let us know if they call!

  11. Tiffany said...

    HAHA That would be funny if they actually called.

  12. ParentingPink said...

    Oh, I can't wait to see what kind of note you get back from the lunch lady. You're in big trouble! BIG TROUBLE! They may blackball your son from the lunch line all together! LOL! Let us know how it turns out!

  13. Jenny said...

    Good grief. I'm so pissed about EVERYTHING anymore about anything to do with school...so...yes. I could believe the lunch ladies said no more small change. It just goes right in line with the crap I've been deaing with. Ready to home-school with me, Jen?

  14. Krystyn said...

    Okay, seriously, if they don't take nickles and dimes, I would be ALL over sending pennies! That's ridiculous. Like it takes that long to count it out.

  15. AmyG said...

    That's crazy! We have snack Fridays, the last Friday of every month. The kids need to bring in 25 cents for snack. I sent in 2 dimes & a nickle once & Em told me they only accept quarters. I told her they'd take what I sent, or she wouldn't get a snack! Good grief!

  16. jill jill bo bill said...

    Put the pennies in a jar of honey. Really.

  17. Sunshine said...

    Please send the 100 pennies. Please? ;D

    Great blog! :)

  18. Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

    I"m gonna pee my pants in laughter if they call you...I'd love to know their "explaination"

  19. ali said...

    Reminds me of the time I absolutely had to have a burger from Burger Kind. I didn't have a dollar so I scrounged up a bunch of change. The cashier had the nerve to holler at another employee, "Look at this!" I hated to give them small change but really needed that burger!

  20. Melissa said...

    Yes, it could be true. My kids want bills, not quarters. If I mentioned pennies, they would completely die of embarrassment! It's a new world! Melissa

  21. Daisy Blue said...

    At my daughter's school, they have "money cards." Kind of like a debit card, you send in a check for whatever amount you want and they "load" that amount on to the card. My daughter refuses to actually pay cash for anything at school anymore, as she says it upsets the lunch ladies if you don't use the card. Puh-leeze.

    Can't wait to hear the outcome of your 5th grade drama. I can totally relate (my daughter is in 5th grade, too).

  22. Tasha said...

    AHAHAHAHA! Do the pennies thing! Do it! Do it! Do it! And then blog about it. LOL

  23. Jonny's Mommy said...

    Umm...could you stop making your page look awesome? I'm starting to feel cruddy about mine. *sigh*

    Anyhow, I agree with Tasha....do the pennies thing and blog about it. That would be seriously hilarious!

  24. Average Girl In Average World said...

    Money is still money, no matter if it's in nickles, dimes or pennies.

    IVY!

    Let them call. ROAR.....

  25. Not Just Any Jen said...

    I think DQ just doesn't realize it. Probably most people have quarters. Too funny!

  26. LazyCrazyMama said...

    Hilarious!! My 6th grade daughter would have no qualms about small change if it meant food at the other end! :)

  27. Brittany said...

    Um...what's with this music that comes on automatically? Don't you know it's a HUGE blogging design faux pas?

    this so sounds like something I would have done to my mom when I was younger. The cool kids use QUARTERS mom!

    :)

  28. tollesons4him said...

    Money is money right......
    I would send 100 pennies too but that is just me :)

    I just wish our hot lunches at school were just a $1 at my kids school they are a FREAKING 3.25 a lunch. They don't get hot lunches very often, I could take them to Chick~fil~A for the price of a crappy school lunch,

  29. Mrs. Schmitty said...

    The lunch ladies deserve the pennies, but you may just wind up on Jerry Springer one day with DQ! LOL

  30. Khadra said...

    I stumbled here through a series of other people's blogs.

    hilarious.

    I have sent those kinds of notes!!! Im going to stick around, if you dont mind lol!

  31. Semi-Slacker Mom said...

    Too funny. Are they not going to feed a child b/c she has nickles & dimes?

    Baby Girl likes to go in my purse & get "da-was". Way to early to start all that!

    Thanks for the heads-up on the 5th grade homework. I'm screwed, my hubby's a farmer!

  32. Mom Taxi Julie said...

    LOL too funny!

    Hot lunch at my kid's school is $3.00!! Freaking crazy.

  33. Clare said...

    Hi Jen!!!!

    I have missed you and your fun blog! I hope you guys are well! This is too funny, what was the real story with the change? Lunch ladies are strange creatures, it really could be true:) XOXO, Clare

  34. Elizabeth said...

    seriously? this is what I have to look forward to? even kindergarten bs is kicking my ass right now and we leave BEFORE lunch!

  35. Neen said...

    Haha. I would also have climbed on my high horse if my kid told me something like that. Love your response - sounds like something I would've done.
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  36. Hannah Noel said...

    Hey, this is Rachel L.'s lil sis-- she's unable to access internet where she is staying in San Antonio, and wanted me to ask you if she titled the guest-blog post she wrote for you?

  37. Petra said...

    "Money is money" is one of my favorite sayings!

  38. Britt said...

    I'm totally curious now .. and kind of hoping they call just to hear what they have to say!

  39. Kristen Andrews said...

    yeah she is embarassed to take change, I remember when I was that age and my mom would want to did up change for me, she still trys to do it.

  40. JenniBeanV said...

    We often have that same mad search for change in my house...

  41. Tena said...

    those lunch ladies are stoopid, just take the damn money and give my kids their lunch!!

  42. Shannon said...

    What? What is this world coming to? Isn't money, money??? My oldest just started kindergarten and I'm slowly learning the ropes of all this school stuff!!

  43. Tenakim said...

    I heard that the penny would soon be obsolete if the American dollar continues to lose it's value- sounds like they already made it to your kids' school.

  44. I am Boymom said...

    So funny! I would have done the same thing, which I am sure would have absolutely MORTIFIED my son.

  45. Justice Jonesie said...

    This is not surprising. My son kids don't even consider change money. NUTS! I make it a point to give them change, just for that reason!

  46. Jill said...

    My girls have NO idea about the value of money... so anything small, round, and shiny is "the real deal" to them.

    You must give an update as to what happened at school.

    P.S. LOVE the music today! Brings me back to college!

  47. Chelle said...

    That's ridiculous! I can't wait to see if they call you....

  48. Haasiegirl said...

    send him with the mastercard.

    trisha

  49. Ginny said...

    I hope your DH is right, lol.

    Sounds like my 6th grader though, totally sounds like her!

  50. Wendi said...

    I am dying to know if they called!

    I can't believe they would.

    Would they?

  51. Rebecca a.k.a. Mum said...

    Are you shitting me, that is just crazy...money is money is money.

    I would LAUGH if you did send in 100 pennies next time, that would teach them! haha

  52. cleon dann said...

    i think that is embarrassing... i don't think that it is a cool thing...

    regards
    cleon dann

  53. tannawings said...

    Oddly enough,they would have to accept those 100 pennies... legal tender is legal tender. Mind you they might not like to count them out, but they have to take them ;)

    ellen beck

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