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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Helping, one cereal box at a time

Well, I didn't take any pictures this week aside from the school carnival, and I already posted the best ones. I did, however, organize the pictures on my hard drive and I found this one:



Since doing more couponing, I find I have a million Box Top products. I've always been fairly diligent about cutting them out and sending them to school, but lately I've been downright obsessive about it. Obsessive to the point of digging through the kitchen garbage to make sure that nobody (Joel) threw away the Cheerio box without first tearing off the Box Top. And yes, obsessive to the point of taking a picture of some recently cut out Box Tops (I save the torn off tops until I have a collection worthy of cutting out and sending to school). Mostly, I just think it's a great way to give money to help the school without really giving money to the school.

And yet, perhaps I am the one who needs help.

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  1. Our school gets, on average, around $500 each year from box tops. It's a great little program!

    And I'm certain that the teacher in charge of submitting them appreciates that you cut them out before you send them in. Otherwise, she would have to do it!

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  2. That is so funny, I used to keep ziploc bags full of them to send to my nieces and nephews--but then I would never send them! I finally just gave them to the school in my neigborhood.

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  3. I, too, am obsessed with collecting box tops. I was so excited to send my collection in with Seth last week on the school collection day. We had 85, which I thought for sure would qualify him for one of the prizes given to the kids with the most. Until I heard that the kid that won brought in over 1000 box tops.

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  4. Tina:
    Some people actually sell them on eBay. I'm sure that the kids who bring in thousands have parents doing the eBay thing. :)

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  5. We've been saving ours for quite awhile too. If you go to the box tops website they have cute little pages you can print out on cardstock and attach the box tops to them and send to your school.
    Just this year Ryanna's school has already collected over 18,000 box tops. How's that for pro-active parents? Last year they got over $5,000 for the school just through box tops.
    Do their schools also do the Campbell's labels? Those too will get your school money.

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  6. Yes, we do the Campbell's labels...but we almost never buy the soup, even with couponing, because we simply don't eat it.

    We also have a grocery store in town that will donate money to the school if the receipts are turned in, so we do that as well.

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  7. I am SO bad at that -- but I do try.
    Thanks for the reminder!

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  8. Having a child who just started kindergarten, I never really paid attention to or noticed that schools still did that. Thanks for letting me know...I'll start saving now!

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  9. Good for you! I've never gotten around to doing that. I did send in the pink Yoplait lids once.

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  10. Don't worry about it! I collect them too, sometimes obsessively.

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  11. Bow tops are a big deal at our school. Classes get prizes based on box tops, so I've got all the enighbors collecting for me too.

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  12. I have about 200 sitting in a baggie.. my kids are to old for them now.. but I still save them!!! It's a habit I guess.. hee hee

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