Collecting Box Tops for Education is a great way to help your school earn money. Here are some easy tips you can implement to help your school earn more.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Box Tops. All opinions and text are mine.
If you have a kid in school, chances are you’ve been asked to collect Box Tops for Education . Box Tops for Education is one of America’s largest school earnings loyalty programs. Participating products have a clippable Box Top logo printed on them.
For as long as I can remember, our school district has participated in the Box Top program. I can remember my mom clipping Box Tops and stashing them in the bread drawer until she was ready to send them to school with us. I can also remember driving around to all of my aunt’s houses, collecting their Box Tops too.
Box Tops can be found on many of the products you probably already use. And, it’s not only limited to food products. You can find them on items such as Ziploc bags, Viva paper towels, Finish dishwasher tabs and many more.
You can also find them on your favorite food products too – such as Mott’s Fruit Snacks. You can find a complete list of eligible products here.
Collecting Box Tops helps your school earn money for the things they need and use. They get 10 cents for each Box Top that you submit. It might not seem like much, but if you add up all of the Box Tops that were submitted your school could earn a pretty penny!
I spoke with one of the Box Top collection coordinators for our local school and she informed me that our school uses money earned from Box Tops to offset the costs of student activities, parties and Field Day.
Our PTA sends home collection sheets several times throughout the year as a reminder for parents to send their Box Tops. In fact, they even have a contest for the class that turns in the most Box Tops 4 Education throughout the year. It’s amazing how motivating an ice cream party is for school aged children!
Over the years I’ve come up with a number of ways to maximize the Box Tops that we collect. I like to get my son involved in the process too!
Collect More Box Tops For Education For Your School
- Find out about all of the products that have Box Tops: Box Tops aren’t just on cereal and snacks. You can also find them on produce, tableware, garbage bags and many more products! You can download a printable list here ((LINK: http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products)
- Download the Box Tops Bonus App: This easy to use app allows you to find eligible Box Tops products and special offers. You can also scan your store receipts to validate your purchase of eligible products and automatically credit the Box Tops to your school’s account. There is no clipping involved! The app is available on iTunes and Google Play.
- Get the family involved: Make sure everyone knows to check for Box Tops before throwing packaging away. It even helps to show them what to look for – some are small and harder to find. I like to keep a little note posted near my trash and recycling bins to remind everyone to check and clip before they toss.
- Create a designated collection container: I like to keep our Box Tops in a small bowl on the counter right near our trash bins with the Box Top Collection Sheets (LINK TO: http://www.boxtops4education.com/about/collection-sheets) nearby. I also keep a small pair of scissors there to make clipping easy.
- Make it a group project: Each year, I have my son ask his grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors and family friends to collect Box Tops for him. He even gives everyone a copy of the eligible products (see above). Every few months, I have him help go around and collect the Box Tops so we can submit them to the school. Getting him involved in the collection process helps give him ownership of the project.
- Leave a collection container at work: This can be an easy way to collect more Box Tops. Include a copy of the eligible products. If more than one person at your job is collecting Box Tops, offer to split the collection with them.
- Maximize your Box Tops potential when you shop: Many stores offer coupons or specials on products with Box Tops. Make sure you check the circulars before you shop.
- Make it easy for your school collection coordinator(s): Make sure all Box Tops have a valid expiration dates. Also, be sure to trim the box top neatly so that the code and expiration date are clear. I also package my Box Tops in groups of 25 or 50 and place each batch a Ziploc bag.
What to Look For
Typically, there are three ways to earn Box Tops for Education:
- Clip standard Box Tops from participating products (as described above).
- Look for Bonus Box Tops Certificates printed on product packages. Some products may double, triple or even quadruple the number of Box Tops for each product.
- Participate in Box Tops promotional offers, such as signing up for their app, online sweepstakes and other offers.
Right now, Walmart is offering a “Buy 5, Earn $5” program which offers Bonus Box Tops on a number of products. Simply look for the logo at your local Walmart. You can find all of the participating product here . This is a great way to multiply your Box Top collection efforts and really help your school.