I have been saving Box Tops for Education for many, many years. Our family turns in hundreds and hundreds of Box Tops every year to our local school. As a former PTO President for many years, I can say that I have a deep love and appreciation for the good that Box Tops for Education does all over this country! I am going to share some easy ways you can save more Box Tops and help your child's school!
Easy Ways You Can Save More Box Tops
Talk to Every Member of Your Immediate Family
I have talked to everyone living in our house (except the toddler, lol) and made sure they all understand that we clip Box Tops for Education at our house. We NEVER throw Box Tops away….I can and do dig packages out of the trash if something accidentally gets thrown away. Showing the children what to look for on the packaging helps. Helping them realize that each little rectangle is the same thing as a DIME…..we wouldn't throw a DIME in the trash….would we?? Nope!! 🙂
I think that educating the people we live with about WHY we are doing something is KEY to get buy in and cooperation! It also helps to show your children the direct benefits to the school from the money that is raised by collecting Box Tops for Education.
A Visual Lesson Can Help
It can also help to show your children a visual reminder of how Box Tops really work. If you lay out 10 Box Tops and a dollar bill….they will see how quickly the Box Tops add up to real money!!
Ask Friends and Relatives to Save Their Box Tops for You
We have 3+ families that collect Box Tops and give them to us to turn in at my daughter's school. These are relatives who don't have school aged children and if it weren't for us asking….would probably just throw the packages with the Box Tops away. Every time we go visit my in-law's they have a baggie of Box Tops for us to take home. Every few months my brother and sister-in-law have a bag of Box Tops for us. It really adds up over the course of the school year.
Think about who you know that would be willing to cut and keep Box Tops for your family to turn in. You will be surprised at how many relatives, neighbors, etc would love to help your child's school out! You can really save more Box Tops by asking other people to help!!
Keep a Box Top Collecting Container in Sight in the Kitchen
I have always kept a collection container of some kind on the side of my refrigerator. It is in sight and I can see it. I know when it gets full and I need to send the Box Tops to the school. It is a constant reminder to check packages for Box Tops before throwing them away! There are lots of different containers you can use….it can be as simple as sandwich bag hanging on the fridge to some kind of fancy DIY container on your kitchen counter!
I was at a store recently and saw this cute little magnetic container and knew it was perfect for starting our Box Tops collection for this new school year! It isn't too big, but will hold lots of Box Tops!
Remember, you can put a magnet on the back of lots of things and put it on the fridge to help you save more Box Tops!
Keep Your Eyes Open When Shopping
When I am doing my grocery shopping I like to save as much money as I can while still getting quality products. There have been countless times I have compared two similar products. The products are basically the same price and are very similar. The main difference is that one item has a Box Top on it and the other one doesn't. Guess which one I will buy? I will buy the one with the Box Top on it! It isn't costing me any extra and I am able to help my child's school too! It is a win-win situation for me.
I love the special offers Walmart has on General Mills products. They are offering some amazing deals on participating products where you will receive 5 Box Tops for your school instead of just one!! So when you have a choice on products try to pick the ones that will have a dual benefit. You can feed your family and help your neighborhood school!
Box Tops for Education Make a Real Difference in Schools
I was involved with the local Parent Teacher Organization for many years. Our group put a lot of effort into collecting Box Tops throughout our school. We knew that the effort was worth it. Our school was able to collect over $1500 per year from Box Tops for Education. As a result of this hard work there was money to pay for expenses that there just wasn't funding for! Consequently, I saw the Box Top money pay for reading incentives for kids, new equipment, supplies for special projects and so much more!
If you are reading this post and don't have a child in school…I beg you to please clip those Box Tops anyway! You give them to a neighborhood family or even drop them off at your nearest school! Each of those little rectangles makes a difference in the lives of children!!
Does your family clip Box Tops? What are your favorite ways to save more Box Tops?