When neighbors and coworkers ask you to buy items (gift wrap, candy, etc.) for school fundraisers and you just don’t feel it’s financially sound for you to give, try saying something like this,
“Janice, you know I’m always happy to contribute to Austin ‘s school fundraisers. With money being tight right now, I’ve had to make the difficult decision to limit my purchasing and giving this year. As a friend, I’m sure you understand.”
About Maralee McKee
Maralee McKee is the founder of Manners Mentor. With her best friend style, sense of humor, and knack for updating etiquette, she's been referred to as "Sandra Bullock meets Emily Post."
She is an award-winning book author, and a former TV and radio host. Her advice has been featured nationally on TV, in newspapers, magazines, and major websites.
Maralee conducts seminars for Fortune 500 Companies and startups, and she personally mentors everyone from CEO's to new hires sharing her skills and love for helping you shape the way others perceive, interact, and respond to you and the product or service you represent. Maralee shows you how to become the best version of yourself. No fluff. No pretense. Just you at your authentic best! The person you were always meant to be!
She's a popular university speaker, and with her amazing testimony, she's also a sought after speaker for churches, women's, and mom's groups.
Maralee is a native and life-long resident of Orlando. Before entering the etiquette arena she worked in management and ministry. She's proud to be Kent's wife and Marc and Corbet's mom. She hates laundry, and loves quality tea, London, Southern cooking, dressing up and dressing down, and Miss Lilly the Wonder Sheltie. You can find her picture if you scroll to the bottom of this page. Isn't she the cutest dog ever?!!!
PS: Because everyone always asks, "What's your etiquette pet peeve?" It's people who talk on their phones in public restrooms. The person on the other end of the phone must wonder, "What's that noise. It sounds like....no, it couldn't be." Plus, everyone else in the bathroom is held hostage to a one-sided conversation usually spoken loudly to try and cover up the noises. It would be comical if it wasn't so...so....just plain yuck. ;)