Are you a Box Tops clipper?
Do you buy products or certain brands specifically because they carry a Box Tops label? Do you eye up cereal boxes at your relative’s home to see if it has a Box Tops label you could swipe? Have you sorted through the recycling bin at home because someone accidentally tossed the fruit snacks container in it without removing the beloved Box Tops label?
Don’t mind me, sitting over here raising my hand…. Yes, I know, I am officially Box Tops obsessed.
10 cents a pop!
Who would ever imagine that little cardboard and paper cut-out rectangles would be so important to Parent Teacher Groups (PTGs) and schools everywhere?! Let’s be honest, the Box Tops for Education program is an incredibly valuable tool for schools all around our nation. Each one of those little puppies is worth 10 cents! They add up pretty darn quick to create thousands of $$$ for individual schools each year. To date, Box Tops for Education shares on their website that over $719 Million dollars has been donated to schools since the program started in 1996. That is absolutely amazing! You can find more information about the history of Box Tops Labels for Education here.
In general, collecting Box Tops for Education is a pretty simple process.
- Look for labels on products you purchase. Hello Chex Cereal?
- Cut out the little rectangles with the Box Tops logo, but don’t forget to keep them in a safe spot! We love Ziplock bags for this purpose and the funny thing about them is that they have Box Tops Labels too! Isn’t that ironic? Do you think they planned this out? Hmmmm….
- Send to school/coordinator.
- Your school will then process and submit labels.
While this isn’t a very complicated concept, there are a number of things to consider to help your PTG/school experience even more success annually in their Box Tops collections.
6 easy ways to earn even more Box Tops for your school.
Today I want to talk with you about a number of really easy things you can do to help your PTG earn even MORE Box Tops, which means even MORE money!
Plan a War
Competition is the spice of life, right? It might not drive everyone, but a good old classroom competition which encourages students to collect and send in all of their Box Tops is an exciting way to get students involved. Prizes for the class/grade level that collects the most Box Tops during the collection period could range from a traveling trophy, a special reward party like popcorn or other healthy treat, free reading time, an extra recess, or other exciting reward!
Bonus online and in store offers
Box Tops for Education has a variety of extra programs to help you earn more box tops labels throughout the year. If you pop over to their website, you will find a wealth of information about effective Box Tops collection coordinating, not to mention opportunities to earn special Bonus Box Tops through their various online and in-store offers.
You can sign-up on their website by selecting your school and entering your own information. This allows you the chance to enter the sweepstakes programs. You can even receive a newsletter from Box Tops to help keep you informed on their services, new products, and other affiliations to Box Tops. Check out the Box Tops for Education website here to find out more information about their online bonus events
Did you know that certain retailers will offer Box Tops Bonus earning events as well? While there aren’t a lot of stores listed currently, they may be updated throughout the year. It is worthwhile to check in to see if anything is happening in your area! Check out Box Tops in-store offers here.
New Box Tops Bonus App
Have you heard about the new Box Tops Bonus App yet? You need to check it out! PTGs/schools can earn even more money through the free Box Tops app available for your mobile device. If you have already registered your name/info with your school’s profile (see above), the app login process is even easier. Take a look at their website to learn all about it.
Do you know any local business owners on a friendly basis? Do any of your family members own a business? Have you considered talking with key local businesses to see if they would be willing to partner with you? Maybe they would help you collect Box Tops labels? What are you waiting for?
This year in the Box Tops coordinator envelope, I noticed a cute little pop-up cardboard box that could be used for a little counter top collection at school or a business. Light bulb moment here! My family happens to own a local chiropractic clinic! It dawned on me that we could certainly try out a collection site there.
I think my husband was a little skeptical. But, like the great PTG dad he is, he was willing to test it. After a few months, I actually had forgotten about the little collection box. One day my sweet hubby came home with a Ziplock bag filled with Box Tops labels!
I looked at him quizzically and asked, “Where in the heck did those come from?”
The bag of labels were donations from his patients at the clinic! Isn’t that sweet?!
So, when you are thinking about trying to collect more money and bring in even more Box Tops, don’t count out businesses! You might just find a new Box Tops partner!
Friends, Family & Neighbors
You likely have willing helpers all around you who would gladly help out your child’s school or PTG by saving Box Tops and submitting them to you periodically. I frequently ask friends and family through social media reminders and share updates as collection deadlines approach. We have been given Box Tops labels from many people over the years, friends, cousins, aunts, grandparents, neighbors, and more!
In your neighborhood, you may have elderly neighbors who once sent their children to your school. They would likely love to do something to help support the school. It is such an easy thing for individuals to do and most people would be more than willing to help save Box Tops for you. Don’t be shy, just ask!
Pay attention to deadlines and expiration dates
Have you ever sorted through a bag of Box Tops only to sadly discover more than half are expired already? (insert sad face here.) 🙁
Did you even know that they can expire? They can and do!
A very important aspect of your collection drive and processing of the labels is to make sure you are doing so in a way that aligns well with corporate deadlines for reimbursement, but also label expiration date.
Having 3 or more collection periods throughout the school year is an easy way to help you stay on top of these deadlines and expiration dates. If labels are frequently submitted, your risk of label expiration is far less.
There are two submission deadlines annually, and they are November 1 and March 1. Click here to see a list of official rules form Box Tops Labels for Education.
Do you have other successful ways that you have tried to earn more Box Tops? If so, please share them with me. It would make my day to hear from you and I absolutely love that we can work together to make a positive impact in our PTGs and schools for our students!