You will all be so proud of me. Yesterday after I wrote my post, I went to my desk (still in my pjs) and I called every single parent that had not paid. Many answered the phone and said they would bring it in. I also left many messages, most of those called me back. I was polite but impassioned. Next week is Thanksgiving break if you do not pay this now it will be the last week of the month and you will have Decembers tuition and recital fee within a few days. I also let them know it was not just them that many many parents had done this and I had to borrow money to pay my bills. It wasn't fair to me and it was stressful. Quilt trip!
Funny I was able to get a hold of a father that I know to work out of town. I asked him if he was in for the holidays and he said yes. I then told him I had not rec'd his 135.00 tuition check. He seemed shocked. His wife called back about an hour later apologized and then said she would bring the check down. SHE DID NOT!
Then I had another mother that has given me the excuse she is out of checks. The grandmother usually brings down the girls. I told the grandmother. Mother calls back and I told her she owed $95.00 for last month, $75.00 for November, she still had not paid her registration of $20.00 and she had 2x $20.00 late charges. So to bring her up to date I would need $230.00. If she wanted to pay for the rest of the semester (at her request) she would need to bring me $325.00. She was coming down last night. I taught until 8. She did not show. Now we have emailed these things and talked about this for 2 months. What do you think?
I had parents dropping kids off and going to grandparents who pay the bills to get a check. I had one mother claiming she was pulling her little girl. Fine but you owe me for the month and we ordered a costume and you took up a spot in a full class that I had a waiting list. So someone would have paid through the semester. She is going to pay through and her child showed up last night. Amazing.
A letter is going out Thanksgiving week that requires parents to pay for December by the first. Next year all tuition is due before the month or on the first. I will no longer give them the 10 day leeway. It does no good and I can't pay my bills. It will be a very personal letter. We will see what happens. All the service that I have looked into that collect for a small business are too expensive on my small margin of profit. Which really is nonexistent.
You can see that my overdrawn totals went down at the studio, but I have made no headway in personal. I have about $254.00 in the shop and another $180.00 to be picked up. I have around $150.00 worth of work left to do. I hope to get it done today! If I could put this all toward the personal I would but I have nothing to get to Twin Falls for Thanksgiving. So I am discouraged. I did not plan on shopping the Christmas sales, not sure what I will do. But I will need some gas and spending money.
I have been doubling my medication for my arthritis at my doctors request. I have to pick up another load dose of 4 shots but the insurance will make me pay about $450.00 for these as they are not covered at %100. I am feeling better so it is worth it but it will wipe out the emergency fund. The drug insurance company will reimburse me but who knows how long that will take. I do have other savings accounts if things get really bad but I trust they won't.
I have a big rehearsal today, tomorrow and a big performance tomorrow night . So a busy weekend.
I need to get to the bank and I also have a lunch date with the tv station. So I had better get busy.
Have a great and productive day!