Just a quick word about yesterday's post....Yes, I am thankful that G-man wasn't hurt in his near accident. But the point of the post was that on the same day, 2 things happened, and they cancelled each other out. And the tire....G-man is soooo hard on his things. Cars, clothes, just about anything. We have made 2 payments on the car, and we already have to put money into it. Any long time reader knows that we don't do well with cars, and while we have the money for the tire....it will mean we won't have that money towards the tires that my car will probably need by the end of the year.
In elementary school...the kids had to bring lunch money for the week on Monday and got tickets for their purchases. They discouraged the kids to use actual real money on a daily basis, as it slowed the whole system down. They would decide on Sunday night what days they were buying, and I would write them a check for the amount. They didn't allow purchases beyond that one week, so this was done every week.....
This year, the district went to an on-line system for payment of school lunch district-wide. Previously, this was only available at the middle schools and high school. Parents can determine if kids can buy meals only, or meals and snacks. The on-line system allows users to see what your child has purchased (within reason....it is labeled "snack/chips" or "meal"), monitor the balance, and add money to the account. Students have a pin number, so again, no money is changing hands.
I actually tried to register in September, but didn't have my kids ID
number (different from their pin). And because sometimes I get
lazy....I didn't call to get it. I would just send the kids in with a
check to cover the month, along with the optional form to help insure proper crediting.
The school district sent out a voicemail about 2 weeks ago encouraging parents to use the online system. So we called and got their ID and I registered. I found out that Sassy has been buying a snack just about every day. She and I discussed this, and I told her 2-3 snacks per week, or her snack privileges will be taken away. Additionally, we told her that if she runs out of money in her account for the month....oh well.
Sassy's account is depleted (must be the cookies!), as I didn't make a Jan 1 payment (between snow days, holidays....I forgot!). I figured I would just put money in her account, and top off Bossy's account.
And then I noticed....the fee. I was being charged $3.80 to add money to the accounts. I also noticed that it appears to be a 4.75% fee, that is charged EACH time you deposit money. Even if I did a one time deposit for the YEAR (which I am not....), it would be almost $50 for the convenience of doing it on-line.
No thanks. I will keep writing my antiquated checks. I will monitor the kids' accounts, but I am not paying a fee.