Many Yeshivos have a policy that you need to purchase Yeshiva Dollars to spend which helps the Yeshiva pull in income. Some Yeshivos have a requirement to spend as much as $10,000 on this program. If you don’t participate? – they send you a bill and add any unpaid amount to your tuition.
I would like to respectfully bring up and cause discussion to happen about what this bill is to most families.
1) We can’t afford the daily expenses we have, so we use credit cards to spend money we do not have. Yes we can discuss budgeting and how we can cut expenses – but that it not for this discussion. Everyone can agree that most families do not make enough money to cover the cost of living as a Frum family.
As a punishment, we are charged for needing to use credit cards. So we get punished for not being able to afford to have enough money for our daily expenses.
2) The points we get from credit cards and the shtick we follow from various “deal websites” enables us to pay for groceries and other basic needs.
3) We cannot lock up money (which we don’t have) by giving the Yeshiva a check towards specific stores – for 2 reasons. Firstly we don’t have money to lay out, we spend the money first on things we need and then we figure out how to pay it later on. Second, we never know where we will shop. As needs arise we shop around for each item to find the cheapest store for that specific item.
I think this requirement for families is antiquated and does not respect the hardships families face today. I get that the Yeshiva benefits from this, however at what cost to the families? At what cost to the children we are trying to clothe and feed?
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