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What is your take on the "Send Money to School" service?

Hello! I am wondering if it is a good idea to use the “send money to school” website. I have a son who is at an elementary school age, and he is going to start school soon. A colleague of mine has recommended using the website so that my son can pay for his school lunches. Is it a good idea? And I also do not know how to set up an account on the website. Am I going to need my son’s school id for that?

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Kevin Sutter on January 22, 2018

I can imagine that you may be excited about the idea of using a website to pay for your son’s lunches at school once a month instead of sending money to school with him every day. I am a single mom and I can assure you that using the website is very convenient. All you have to do is log into the website from any computer available, check your balance on the website and check how much your son has been spending on his lunches every day. If you like, you can use it for just that—to monitor your child’s lunch choices and see the balance. However, you can also make online deposits at any time—they will appear in the online account within 15 minutes. There is a fee for every transaction though—$1.50. The website has an easy and simple interface that anyone can use. I have been personally using it for the last couple of years, and I have not had any disappointments.

On this website, you can make a deposit to your son’s account any time, view his account activity, and see what your child has purchased. This is very beneficial for all parents with kids of elementary school ages. You can also purchase items from your school district's store. In addition, if your son is going to change his school district, you can always contact the old district and request a refund.

Creating an account on the website is not hard at all. Start by acquiring your son’s id at school because you will need it to register for a new account on the website. It is usually a seven or eight digit number that you can get by calling the food service office if you need help with finding it. Once the account has been set up, you will be able to see all the completed transactions on any particular day, and you will not have to worry about preparing lunch for your son every day before going to work. I personally understand how daunting it can be sometimes to wake up and prepare breakfast and lunch at the same time so that your son can take his lunch with him to school. It can be even more difficult for parents who have more than one child.

Wilson Hansena year ago

I agree that this website is very good for super busy parents. Still, I do not believe that it is the best option for children. Because this way, they will only buy the things they like the most, and let me tell you, it is never celery. The things they buy may contain a lot of sugar or fats, which is not the healthiest option for children. I know that through using the website you can check what your child has purchased on any day, but still, that will not prevent him from buying whatever he likes. I personally think it is better to wake up a bit earlier than the children do, prepare their school lunches, and then finish all the necessary housework. That way you can guarantee them having a super healthy meal at their lunch every day.


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