Box Tops for Education is not just for kids; Men can also participate too

During my time away from home this week for business, I had been asking people I encountered about Box Tops for Education.  Majority of the people were familiarwith Box Tops for Education.  Interestingly, more women knew more about the program than men.  However, what caught my attention was their distinctively different narratives to their past stories between women and men.

Women respondents proceeded to share their story with “I used to collect Box Tops with my kids while they were in elementary school and had them bring the cutouts to school.” While Men responded with “My kids used to cut them out of cereal boxes.”  What was notable from my interactions was the lack of Box Tops for Education participation by men.
In the wake of the new era when child care and house hold duties are becoming a shared responsibility of the Family,  I encourage all men to stand up and engage in family activities.  There are countless activities men can do to contribute to the well being of the family.  By taking charges, men can participate in Box Tops for Education and enjoy cutting out Box Tops out of package, a shared-value and valuable activities with your kids; that would be an every lasting memory.  I’m not asking all men to immediately start cooking, taking baby steps by taking initiatives in doing house hold duties you may not have tried.

Some activities could be:



Surprisingly all of the products associated with the activities listed above can earn you Box Tops; both physically and digitally.  (Refer to my previous post on signing up to the Box Tops for Education Bonus App).  Yes, and you never know, you may even win your own brownie points!!!

Happy Box Tops Clipping!

50 eBox Tops Bonus Offer from Walmart

Fall is here and school has started for all types of students, including kids and parents.  Deciding what to pack for lunch for kids is a ever lasting conundrum during the school year for parents.  And sometimes we forget to feed ourselves because we’re so busy worrying about our kids.  Let’s make sure to feed ourselves with at least with granola bars if we’re in a rush.  The last thing kids need is a Hangry parentshovering all over them.

How could we keep our pantry full of nutritional and energy rich products so that we’ll always have something to munch on when we are in a rush.  I always have granola bars in my bag or at home.  And now is the prime time to stock up on your nutrient bars at your nearest Walmart for Box Tops for Education products.  For a limited time The Box Tops bonus app has an offer that reads:

“Earn 50 on Box Tops Products at Walmart when you chase any 5 products at Walmart starting 8/1/17. Limited to 5 per customer while supplies last, Scan by 9/30/17.”


So why is this offer so unique?

That’s because we can combine 2 offers from the Box Tops Bonus App.  Here is another offer from the Bonus App.

“Earn 8 on Cascadian Farm when you purchase any 3 Cascadian Farm products starting 7/10/17. Limited to 5 per customer while supplies last, Scan by 9/30/117.”


“Are you pondering what I’m pondering?”    Yes, you can double dip on the offers.

If you purchase 15 Cascadian Farm Products at Walmart, then you could have a cumulative eBox Tops earning of $19.00 that goes towards your school.

Let’s do the math
Cascadian Farm Products
(15 products /3 per offer) = 5 (# of time offer is used ) x 8 (bonus offer) = 40 or $4.00

Walmart Offer
(15 products /5 per offer)= 3 (# of time offer is used) x 50 (bonus  offer) = 150 or $15.00

That’s $19.00 eBox Tops earning towards your school of choice in total.

Out of Pocket Cost: $2.99 x 15 = $44.85
($19.00/$44.85) x 100% = 42%

That’s 42% of your purchased price that goes to your school!  Not bad at all. Cascadian.jpeg

Cascadian Farm offers other products if you’re not interested in their Granola bars.  Their organic offering should suite your needs.

  • Cereals
  • Granola Bars
  • Frozen Fruits and Vegetables
  • fruitSpread
  • Juice Concentrate
  • Relish… yes, relish

Happy Box Tops Clipping!

Best Time to Stock-up on Annie’s Mac & Cheese


Now is the best time to stock-up on Annie’s Mac & Cheese variations from Safeway.  Limited time until 9/12/2017, you could purchase Annie’s Mac & Cheese Selections for only $1.25 each.  You know what time means, an endless supply of Mac & Cheese for the rest of the year.  Instead of string bean casserole for Thanksgiving, why not a string bean Annie’s Shells & White Cheddar.  =)

Annie’s offers organic and natural products and I’ve heard great reviews on their products.  I even had a short conversation at the Safeway I usually go with a mother.  She mentioned that her daughters prefer Annie’s Mac & Cheese over other well known brands.  “Other brands tastes artificial.  Annie’s Mac & Cheese tastes more natural and real,” she says.  And I agree, Annie’s Mac & Cheese tasks better.  It must be the cheese they use.  It’s hard to believe the difference in the taste between two brands. Yes, the other brand is slightly cheaper, but if I’m consuming Mac & Cheese for lunch or snack, I’d prefer the one that tastes better.


Annie’s Mac & Cheese Selections are now on sale at Safeway for $1.25 each.  Here are some of the selections that are on sale at your nearest Safeway.  Please comment or send me an email if I missed anything.


Yes, Box Tops for Education has a bonus offer for Annie’s Mac & Cheese.  The offer says:

Earn 20 on Annie’s when you purchase any 5 Annie’s products starting 7/10/17. Limit 5, Scan by 9/30/17.

If you buy any 5 Annie’s products, you can earn $2.00 towards your school.  You don’t have to buy just Mac & Cheese because Annie’s offer other products ranging from yogurt, gummy rabbits, brownie mix, tomato soup, cereals, Pizza rolls, and countless more other products.  But if you want to maximize your eBox Tops while spending the lease, then the Mac & Cheese is for you.

Here is a Simple Math
$1.25 x 5 = $6.25 (out of pocket)
In return, you earn $2.00 towards your school! Hurray!

Hypothetically, if you purchase 25 Annie’s Mac & Cheese selections then:
$1.25 x 25 = $31.25 (out of pocket)

In return, you earn $10.00 towards your school! Another Hurray!!
That’s 32% of your purchased price that goes to your school!  Not bad.

Just follow the Bonus App for Box Tops for Education to upload your receipt.  Refer to my previous posts to sign up to Box Tops for Education and to download the Bonus Offer App. Within 6 hours or so, you should see the bonus eBox Tops reflected on your account.

Here is a screen shot of the $2.00 I earned for my school.  I believe this is my 3rd time using the bonus offer.  So I can use the offer 2 more times before the offer expires.


Note: Make note of when the bonus offer expires (9/30/17) and also when the Safeway offer expires (9/12/17)

Happy Box Tops Clipping!

Why Lysol is Still Your Best Friend

image1.pngWe love Lysol disinfecting wipes.  For many different reasons such as Lysol are offered in different scent or the disinfecting wipes kill 99.9% of virus and bacteria.  It’s a must have item for the fall and winter when we are most vulnerable to seasonal virus.   September is a good time to stock up on Lysol Wipes for your home, office, or even a man cave.  I’m beginning to stock up for my office and home; so I went out to the nearest Safeway to get me some Lysol wipes.
OH, don’t forget!  Box Tops for Education has a bonus offer for Lysol Products.  Lysol offers the following products to suite your everyday needs.
  • Lysol Disinfectant Spray
  • Lysol Disinfecting Wipes
  • Lysol Multi-Purpose Cleaner
  • Lysol Bathroom Cleaner
  • Lysol Laundry
  • Lysol New Products.
Check out the bonus offer on the Box Tops App:
Earn 100 on Lysol when you purchase any five products starting 6/1/17. Limit 4, when supplies last. Scan by 12/31/17. 
This is good! 100 Box Tops equates to $10.00 towards your school.  So, how much does each Lysol product cost? The cost for Lysol products are $3 and above at Safeway.  The cheapest Lysol I found was a Lysol Disinfecting Wipes for $3.

Note: Wal-Mart has the same wipes for $2.27.  The out of pocket cost will be lower if you purchased them there.  You could even combine 2 separate bonus offers using the Box Tops App when shopping at Wal-Mart or other participating stores.  I will write about double dipping later.

Let’s do a Simple Math
5 Lysol Disinfecting wipes = $15 + $1.31 (Tax) = $16.31
Of which you could say you donated $10 towards your school, a feel good scenario  =)
As you can see below, I took a picture of the receipt using the Box Tops for Education bonus app and submitted the receipt.

After few hours I received a confirmation email and my $10 was applied towards my school of choice.  It’s that simple!!

Again, this is something you would be using in Fall and Winter to disinfect your kitchen, counter tops, and other places where we tend to put our hands, or even our mouth.  This is especially important for parents with kids because they will surely put their hands anywhere, including places we don’t know.  Now, arm yourself with Lysol products and defend your family and significant others from virus and bacteria
Happy Box Tops Clipping!

Using Box Tops for Education Mobile App

Using Box Tops for Education Mobile App is the most efficient way to collect the Box Tops.  Not only will you be earning the physical cut outs by purchasing participating products, but you earn bonus Box Tops in addition to you what you earn physically.  There are, however, terms and condition you have to follow.  Some important disclaimers are:
  • You must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of the United States of America to use the Service.  (I’m sure most of us are over 18).
  • To access most features of the Service you must register for an account. (Please read my previous post to sign up to Box Tops for Education online.
  • You may purchase and redeem multiple offers on each receipt.  Each individual offer may be redeemed up to the limited indicated at the time of receipt
You can find the terms and conditions once you download the mobile app.   PLEASE NOTE  we cannot use receipts from purchases performed online. I tried several times, and I failed to earn Box Tops credits. =(

RECEIPT ID 51478775.
Unless this purchase was made outside of the U.S., something went wrong. Please contact us, referencing this Receipt ID, and we’ll figure it out! (Purchases outside the U.S. are not valid. See terms.)
Please re-scan your receipt in the Box Tops Bonus App before the “Scan By Date” noted on the offers you selected or visit the Help Desk for assistance.
Thank you for using the Box Tops Bonus App and helping your school get what it needs!

Okay, now that we’ve established some baseline, let’s download the app!
1) Go to Google Play or Apple App Store from your smart phone and download the app.Box Tops Bonus App.
2) Press  Install to install the app. (The button should be located where it says OPEN on my screen)
3) Once you install the App, you will be prompted to fill in your email address and password, which you should have created online.  (Please see my previous post for signing up on Box Tops for Education online).  You can also  sign up to Box Tops for Education through the App.
4) Once you input your information, the App will take you to the main page.
5) As you can see, there are only 3 tabs, which makes it easy to navigate through the App.  There are Offers, Progress, and My Profile.
  • Offer: a list of participating products that will earn you bonus points (a new item is added once a week or so)
  • Progress: Your activity and your school’s progress are shown.
  • My Profile: Your Profile
6) As you can see this mobile App is intuitive and doesn’t offer much buttons press.
7) Let’s take a look at the offerings.  There are currently 39 products that offer bonus Box Tops.  Here is a screenshot for Annie’s products bonus offer.   Annie’s offers organic and natural products and my two daughters have been eating them since they were little.  It’s my family’s number one choice for Mac & Cheese.

The offer reads, Earn 20 on Annie’s when you purchase any 5 Annie’s product starting 7/10/17. Limit 5

This means, if you purchase 5 Annie’s products (typically on sale for $1.99 at Safeway for Mac & Cheese). You could earn 20 bonus Box Tops and that’s worth $2.00 that goes towards your school.  That’s Awesome!!!  My two girls eat at least 1 box of Mac & Cheese every week.  The expiration for these products are typically good until 2018 or later.  So I can manage to purchase 25 boxes and my family would consume them within half a year.  In return, I can raise $10.00 for my school!!!!

Let’s do a simple math:
25 x $2 (annie’s mac & cheese) = $50 (money you would have spent regardless)

Box Tops earning from the transaction
25 (physical cut outs) = $2.50
5 (offers) x $2.00 (bonus) = $10.00

In total, you just earned $12.50 towards your school. Hurray!!

8) So let’s say you purchased 5 items from a store.  What you need to do, is to press Select on the offer you’re trying to get.  The gray button will turn pink once you select it.  Then press on Scan Receipt.  When you review your offers, press on + or – to select the number of offers you will be submitting at once.  In this case, I purchased 5 items, I would have 1 as the number of offer and press on Scan 1 offer.
 9) Now all you need to do is take a picture of the receipt. If this is your first time, the App may request your permission to store and access your photo.   Press Yes.
10) Press on Take Photo to take a picture of the receipt.  If you’re receipt is long, you could add additional section by pressing on Add Section. Once finished, just press on FINISH.
Yes, it’s that simple.   You should get a confirmation email when you submit, and also an acceptance email when the offer gets applied to your account.  The money you collected from the bonus App go directly towards your school.
Happy Box Tops Clipping!

Signing up to Box Tops for Education

First thing first, go to Box Tops for Education Website and Find your school using City/State or Zip code.
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Once you found the school you want to support, click on “SELECT THIS SCHOOL” found in a Pink font color below the address.  This is when your commitment begins.  I selected Ralston Middle School as an example.  You’ll find “JOIN” in a Pink font color on the bottom right. Now click on it to Join!!
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Fill in the required sections shown below: First name, Last name, Zip code, Birth date.  And click “NEXT.”


Fill in your email and your newly created password.  You can choose not to receive newsletters from Box Tops for Education. And click on “JOIN NOW.”


Congratulations!  You just signed up to support your school through Box Tops for Education.


Happy Box Tops Clipping!

Introduction to Box Tops for Education

How Box Tops for Education works. I never realized this was a big thing (well, for some schools) uBoxTops image.jpgntil my daughter started Kindergarten. These Box Tops cut outs are on most General Mills and other participating products. Each cut out is worth $.10. Basically, 1 cutout equates to $.10 of money that goes to your school of choice. Schools that collect the most Box Tops get the collect the most money. It’s like playing monopoly in real life, only with cardboard money that’s worth a fraction of a dollar each. But with the right people participating in the effort, we can maximize the total earning for our schools. As a result, we may possibly reduce the amount of money we donate to schools.

We all know what it takes for us to get the cutouts.  Use a pair of scissors and cut out each label.  And we know how boring that gets.  Well, we still have to continue our tedious effort to collect the physical Box Tops cutouts.  But there’s more to it, thanks to the digital world we live in.

Box Tops for Education came boxtops bonus app.pngup with another way of letting us participate.  That is, through their mobile app.  You can download the App from your smart phone via Google play or Apple Store.  This is a faster way to collect Box Tops in their bonus offers.  For example, one offer I saw was for Lysol products.  “Buy 5 Lysol products and earn 100 Boxtops.-limited to 5 per person.”  That’s 10 dollars that would go to your school.  (I’ll write about my experience on Lysol purchases later).

We can also participate in sponsor sweepstakes for a chance to win BIG for our schools.  It costs nothing to part-take in the sweepstakes.

So why not DO IT? Do it for your school; Do it for yourself, and Do it for your kids.

Happy Box Tops Clipping!