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Help! Can't afford the school fees any more!

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FrugalMummy Fri 31-Oct-08 14:35:45

There must be people out there who have been in this space recently. What have you done when faced with the fact that you couldn't afford the fees any more? Did you remortgage (was it tough post-Northern Rock)? Did you take DS/DD out of school? Were you able to get places at good local schools? Did you sell your body? (just joking!!) Serious matter in the current context. Looking for ideas and want to hear your outcomes.

wonderstuff Mon 03-Nov-08 16:10:03

PMSL grin I love MN

rebelmum1 Mon 03-Nov-08 16:08:26

ha ha yes bonk the heads brains out, your childs education depends on it ... is it for a weekend supplement ..?

jumpingbeans Mon 03-Nov-08 16:04:19

lmao @ nametaken

nametaken Mon 03-Nov-08 16:01:01

oh for god's sake frugalMummy, forget all those other posters and their silly money saving tips and just have sex with the headmaster.

I've worked out that if you have the average 2 children then that's £30k school fees per year. Assuming a working girls pay is £50 quid a time, that would mean 15 shags a week term-time only, or 12 shags a week throughout the year.

findtheriver Sun 02-Nov-08 10:57:34

Welcome Kaytee!

You'll find that MN is littered with the most hilarious threads. Sometimes it's a wind-up like this one, but honestly, you do sometimes get some serious ones along the lines of

'OMG, help, times are hard and we may not be able to afford to pay the school fees for little Quentin and Lucinda. We're terrified they might have to set foot in a real life state school - and we'd so hoped to protect them from mixing with that terribly scary other 93% of the population'.

I don't think Xenia has posted on this thread either, so if you're a noob you have that treat in store too!! She's great fun!!

Kayteee Sun 02-Nov-08 01:10:04

I am a MN Noob but I would like to let you all know that I am now going to bed after snorting with laughter till I choked. Everyone is asleep and I am trying to stem the tears of mirth without waking the youngsters up.
My shoulders are shaking, this is the funniest, nay, snarkiest thread I've ever read.
May I also say that I am very glad to see that you allow the word 'feck'. Shame on you all :0)

harpsichordcarrier Sat 01-Nov-08 23:14:25

if you can't afford the school fees, then use a state school. real youngsters go there too.
if people need help, then mumsnet is the place for them.

myredcardigan Sat 01-Nov-08 21:37:38

Hope your boy gets a shifty on soon, Expat!

findtheriver Sat 01-Nov-08 20:39:47

I like frugal's use of the word 'snarky' though. Very descriptive. Shall we make it an official MN word??

expatinscotland Sat 01-Nov-08 20:16:31

Oh, I see, not your kids.


You're allowed to use 'fuck' here.

FrugalMummy Sat 01-Nov-08 20:11:06

Not my kids. But kids I love dearly.

F*&k you all.

You deserve each other.

expatinscotland Sat 01-Nov-08 19:55:53

'I can't believe people talk about Mumsnet being such a useful resource and support network.'

There's no substitute for real research, is there?



myredcardigan Sat 01-Nov-08 19:46:58

Nope, still don't believe you.
'It was very real with very real youngsters affected.' Women just don't refer to their own kids like that.

FrugalMummy Sat 01-Nov-08 19:32:33

I can't believe people talk about Mumsnet being such a useful resource and support network. The snarky remarks of most (though not all) of you make me wonder where this reputation was made. Most of you have taken the piss out of my post. It was very real with very real youngsters affected. Thanks a lot for nothing, ladies. Shame on you. I won't be checking further posts, so if anyone wants to post, let it be for the benefit of the jokesters here. And I hope none of you have a serious issue you need help with in the future. I might just log on for the occasion.

Again, shame on you.

myredcardigan Sat 01-Nov-08 19:16:38

Oh, findtheriver, you know from the other thread that I'm an indie mum and that if I thought for one minute this was genuine I'd be straight in with the empathy/sympathy/suggestions as I'm sure would many mums who use the state sector.

Nobody in such a situation posts like Tigger on a high. Bel's post on the other hand...

findtheriver Sat 01-Nov-08 18:33:06

Getting a little worried now that some of these suggestions might actually be serious.... jeez

Litchick Sat 01-Nov-08 17:49:52

Shhhh...don't tell anyone but I've resorted to writing articles for , ahem, women's magazines.

RubyRioja Sat 01-Nov-08 17:32:45

oo sounds good.

What have you sacrficed alredy, so we can tell you to give up

fine wines
food grin

apostrophe Sat 01-Nov-08 17:24:48

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belcantwait Sat 01-Nov-08 15:52:23

i would do almost anything to keep him there tbh.its been so amazing (7 in a class!!!!!)- he can stay there til he is 16 too smile

apostrophe Sat 01-Nov-08 14:29:05

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myredcardigan Sat 01-Nov-08 14:26:35

Bel, have you tried posting in the special needs section? Some of the mums there may be aware of organisations which could help.
Have you tried getting advice about your LEA at least contributing to the fees? They have a duty to provide suitable education for your son. Though I can't imagine it's easy proving that what they offer isn't good enough. Good luck

RubyRioja Sat 01-Nov-08 14:23:54

that middle ground is hard isn't it - needy enought to need help, but not needy enough to get it.

Do you think the schools might have changed at all since you last looked? Maybe one a bit further away, so you expand your choices?

atm we are using state primary with a coach once a week for dd (with itsy bitsy bit of dyslexia). Would current school help you get him statemented?

Or would you rather try to beg borrow to keep him there?

Miyazaki Sat 01-Nov-08 14:20:55

oh poor fwugal mummy. she's just trying to earn a crust.

those floating american walnut shelves don't come free you know.

and have you seen the price of poilane sourdough these days???

belcantwait Sat 01-Nov-08 14:19:31

ah ok. thanks ruby.

the state schools are rubbish near us esp the secondary (when he comes to it). he isnt autistic 'enough' iykwim to go to a special unit- he has AS- veru very academically able but useless socially bless him. his school before refused to believe there was a problem or even to accept the diagnosis from the consultant paediatrician hmm

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