|Paying for Common Meals||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joani Blank (jeblankic.org)|
|Date: Thu, 26 Feb 1998 18:03:59 -0600|
Zev (and others who might be interested in common meal payments systems), Check my posting a week or so ago about kitchen design particularly as it relates to storage and staples. As you know we have 18 adults and 5 kids. Payment is handled as follows. Cook pays for the food for the meal. People sign up. The food bill is divided by the number of people who ate. And the whole thing gets popped into a spread sheet once every rotation (about six weeks) at which time people either pay for or get reimbursed for the difference between what they ate and what they paid for food when they cooked. Simple. But at the moment, I think like Berkeley's system a little better; it is now being proposed to Old Oakland for us to start with there. At Berkeley, people are "charged" $3.00 for every meal they sign up for. Once every quarter, the meals they've eaten are balanced against the money they've spent when they cooked. If the they've spent less than $25.00 more than they've eaten, they can choose to leave that difference in the kitty or be reimbursed for the difference--it's a virtual kitty, not an actual box of money. If it's more than $25, they will be reimbursed as much as they want up to the actual overage. I believe it works the other way too for someone who eats a lot more than he or she spends. They have found that with this system keeps the kitty adequately funded, mean that their average meal cost is, guess what, $3.00. [If David Dobkin or someone else from Berkely Cohousing would like to correct my representation or their system, I hope he or she will do so.] At Doyle Street, our average common meal cost is $3.75. But with our system, we "pay" a different amount ( I think usual range $2.50 to $4.25 with a cap $5.50) for every meal. Joani Blank Doyle Street and Old Oakland (SF Bay Area) One unit left in Old Oakland/Swan's Market CoHousing. Inquiries to jeblank [at] ic.org or 510-655-7399. Call now!
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