Saturday, December 15, 2012

Cash-only schools

If you make the mad dash to get kids to school in the morning – or you’ve ever made the mad dash – then realized you forgot to send money for a field trip, book fair or some other event or item… then you know what it’s like to have to quickly take care of the little parenting problem. While driving to the school or rushing to the bus you scribble out a check.

IMG_20120513_142740 That’s what would happen to me when my oldest daughter Amber, now 21, was young and it still happens to me today with the three youngsters who are ages 9, 7 and 5. The difference is the three younger children’s schools don’t accept checks – not even for book fairs or t-shirt sales.

I’m finding this “new” cash-only policy quite annoying. I’m sure it has to do with fees the schools incur because of bounced checks and the processing of said checks. I also know I’ve not been one of the culprits. Everyone makes mistakes, but I strongly dislike being punished, so to speak, for others’ errors.

What policy does your children’s school have regarding writing checks and paying cash? What do you think about the cash-only policy?