Today, I paid my daughter’s school bill at the ATM. I did.
Here in Brazil, the system for payments is a bit different. In the U.S., for something like school tuition, you would simply hand in or mail in a check. But for some reason, it doesn’t really work that way. The school gives you a stack of bills and every month you must go out of your way to pay each.
I spent a bit of time bitching about having to go to the bank, stand in line to get money, and then go to the receiving bank and stand in line to pay. Or hand my poor husband a stack of bills and make him do it (or so I thought). What he forgot to tell me, but what fellow Brazil bloggers and readers did (see comments in Payments Predicament), was that you can pay at the ATM. There is actually a bar code on most bills which you simply scan at the ATM and it takes it out of your account – if you pay on time. If you don’t, you have to go through the process I described above.
I tried it and it worked… magically. Thanks to those who provided the advice. You save me quite a bit of time.