Re: Online platform and electronic payments
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:19:16 -0700 (PDT)
The person who handles our meals bookkeeping uses a personal paypal account
for people who need to pay into our system.

Note that this is *not* lots of small payments. We get a monthly statement
and the goal is for folk to keep a credit on their account at all times. My
household's average cost is about $100 per month for meals (two people).
Folk pay in something at the end of the month, if necessary, in order to
pay for their meals.

AND folk who cook mostly get a credit for the cost of the food they
purchased, so they are never are sending money.
(There is a system for getting back money if you are way ahead but I don't
know how that works.)

Berlin, MA

On Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 9:57 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]>

> > On Apr 26, 2018, at 5:58 AM, Crystal Farmer <crystalbyrdfarmer [at] 
> >>
> wrote:
> >
> > I would not recommend using a personal PayPal account to collect
> payments.
> > They charge a fee for transferring money and withdrawing it to a bank
> > account. If people are making small payments it will eat away at your
> > budget.
> I’m not sure this is true. I send money all the time and don’t pay fees. I
> pay a fee when clients use a credit card but not when I transfer deposits
> to or from my bank account or send money to an individual. There are
> tremendous advantages to PayPal even if you pay a fee because people are
> using credit cards. It’s online and everyone has easy access.
> I haven’t checked out ApplyPay. We just use cash in a basket.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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(The Rev.) Elizabeth M. Magill
Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries

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