How to turn holiday shopping into an easy fundraiser for your school or nonprofit with Benefit Mobile!
Have you heard of Benefit Mobile?
Benefit Mobile is an app for your mobile device that allows your Parent Teacher Group (PTG) or nonprofit easy and free fundraising opportunities every day of the year! When individuals shop at participating vendors (and there are many, many vendors) a percent of the sale is directly donated to your school’s account! It is really that simple!
Think about this…
Your group can earn money every time you shop at Target, Amazon, Home Depot, T.J. Maxx, Old Navy, Toys R Us, Best Buy, Cabela’s, Crate & Barrel, Disney, Gap, JC Penney, KMart, LL Bean, Lands’ End, Lowe’s, Marshalls, Overstock, Sears, Shutterfly, Staples, Ulta, Whole Foods, Walmart…the list goes on and on for REAL!! There are so many retailers I often forget and accidentally make a purchase without Benefit! Oh NO!
But Benefit doesn’t stop at traditional retailers!
Your group can earn money every time you dine or visit these establishments: Applebees, Bonefish Grill, Boston Market, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, California Pizza Kitchen, Chili’s, Cold Stone Creamery, Cracker Barrel, Domino’s, IHOP, Krispy Kreme, Olive Garden,Panda Express, Panera, Papa John’s, PF Chang’s, Red Robin, Starbucks, Texas Roadhouse, The Cheesecake Factory…truly the list is so LONG.
Check out the full list here of participating retailers!
Click Here to discover the full list of retailers! There are even vendors from the travel industry! I’m not kidding!
It’s important to note that new retailers, restaurants, and more are added throughout the year. I absolutely love Benefit app. In some cases, I don’t even have to leave my house AND can still earn money for our school group. That, my friends, is music to my ears!
Just in time for the holidays!
I don’t know about you, but my spending really amps up during the holidays. With all of the running around, we end up eating out more too. Just imagine being able to support your special group this year while you cross everything off your holiday gift list! It’s like a double whammy! You really have nothing to lose!
Not to mention, you can even purchase digital gift cards AS gifts to send to family and friends. Maybe there is a retailer your nephew or sister loves but isn’t located close to you? This makes it nearly impossible to obtain a gift card to this special place. Fear not, there are literally hundreds of options available on Benefit Mobile. You will be able to find, purchase, and quickly send a digital gift card straight to your loved-one’s email account. Wow, that is easy last-minute shopping if you ask me!
Now that I have your attention, what exactly IS Benefit Mobile?
The Benefit Mobile app is a free app for your mobile device. Check it out here! Benefit Mobile is really a digital gift card vendor, located in the palm of your hand.
As the customer you are able to purchase digital gift cards in advance, at home, online, or at check-out time right on your mobile device. You can even send them as gifts!
Let me give you a visual….
I’m headed to Target for my regular household product run.
I pick up everything on my list and, of course, a cart-full of $100 of extra treasurers that I may or may not need, because you know..it’s Target.
In the checkout line…
I use Cartwheel and hand the cashier any extra coupons I remembered to bring with me that day. The friendly cashier tells me my total. Instead of fishing around in my purse to find my wallet and pull out my debit or credit card, I am able to complete the entire payment process right on my phone! No kidding!
Immediately after having my cartwheel bar-code scanned for discounts and coupons, I then open the Benefit app.
You can have a security code added to your account so that no one else can access it but you, which is a nice safety feature.
The app quickly opens.
I search for Target in the list of retailers and click to “Buy A Gift Card.” Because my total is over $25, I am able to purchase a digital gift card at that time for the EXACT amount. I mean, let’s be honest..how often do you get out of Target with a total under $25?
The bar-code pops up with a pin number and event code.
At Target the cashier scans the bar-code and then is prompted to enter the event number on their monitor. Some retailers just scan the bar-code, while others also use the pin OR event number. It varies at each location. At Target, I usually suggest that I read the event number to the cashier to make the process even more smooth!
The cashiers are usually impressed with how advanced I am with technology when I shop with the Benefit app and pay by using a digital gift card for the exact amount. I have impressed many a friendly cashier in my day. That makes me feel extra cool! If you’re anything like me, you will appreciate any extra cool-factor that you can attain!
It really is a simple process!
What’s more is that if you need to purchase digital gift card for an amount that was more than your actual total (like the rare case you are getting out of Target with a total less than $25), the remainder stays loaded on that digital gift card. The next time you shop at that vendor, Target in this case, you can simply have the cashier scan the digital gift card that you last purchased. It’s basically the same process that you would follow for a physical gift card, but instead it is all done on your phone! What’s more, you don’t have to worry about losing the card. It really is seamless! There is even a little “wallet” feature in the app that lets you see any remaining amounts you may have on your purchased digital gift cards, which is quite handy!
The first few times I used the Benefit app I must admit I was a little nervous about how it would all go down. Trying new things can be confusing. I worried that I would mess something up. And, I wondered if people would be annoyed with me fiddling with my phone?
I’ve heard some people say that it can take a few moments for the gift card purchase to be finalized and they have lost their nerve thinking that they were holding the line back.
But let’s think about those credit cards or debit cards, and what about couponing too? How often have you stood at a card swipper waiting for IT to work? Often they can be working slow, right? Sometimes you have to swipe two, three, ore more times just to get the right swipe! Of course that isn’t all that is involved, you still need to get out your wallet, enter your card, click the necessary boxes, say yes or no to cash back, and sign OR enter your pin number, put your card in your wallet, and put your wallet away in your bag or pocket.
A simple purchase and scan of a digital gift card takes far less time than all of that, it really does. Not to mention, with Benefit Mobile you will support your school or nonprofit at the same time. Some would also argue that it is a much safer payment process simply because your card can’t be compromised at a retailer. You don’t even have to have your card with you!
It is valid to point out that if I can manage couponing, using Cartwheel, and figuring out Benefit Mobile with my active crew in tow, you can do it too! Trust me…
Think about it!
Thanks for joining me and reading all about the Benefit Mobile app! Transparency is important to me and I want to share with you that I have not received any compensation or payment regarding my review. I am not employed by Benefit Mobile, but maybe I should? Haha! I simply am excited to share my experience with Benefit! I love helping my friends and sharing valuable tips along the way!
Join me next time for a walk-through of the sign-up process with Benefit Mobile!