So know how you feel. It seems to be cash flying out hand over fist.
Little one (y6) currently on residential trip. Don't even want to think what that cost, but the note home did at least say that they had to take teddies (bless) and no more than a fiver. For the week. A fiver is fine.
But my other boy (y 8 ) went to Alton Towers last week. "For physics," yeah, right. The cost was reasonable in that it was £25, to include coach - couple of hours each way - and entrance. That was all OK, even if prompting a little light spluttering at the notion that any physics would be learned. But the annoyances started to stack up when they said that the coach was leaving at 8 sharp. The school bus gets in at 8.05. So a dad drives them over and got them there for 7.50 so they don't miss it by a tragic five mins. The coach ends up leaving at 8.45. So annoying in terms of the hassle and the day at AT thereby eaten to by nearly an hour. But, worse, was the bit of paper sent back from school beforehand saying to bring, "no more than £20 each for spending money." TWENTY POUNDS!!! I hate the divisiveness that this sets up, between the kids for whom £20 is nothing and those for whom it is far too much. I'd been going to give a fiver and thinking that that was a gesture of unseasonable generosity and there just for the wasting (hate wasted money, money on sugary drinks, on slot machines etc). Then the note comes home with the new pressure of £20. Yes, I know, one doesn't HAVE to give to the maximum. But the pressure is there. In the end, I grudgingly gave £20 saying I wanted change and got about £7 back and with the money he'd got quite a nice photo. But still felt resentful.