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When you have kids, you learn about Box Tops for Education fairly quickly. As soon as the children start school they start to send home flyers asking you to start collecting them. I’ll admit when I first got the request I was a tad clueless about what they wanted me to do. But, it’s really easy! Just clip these little Box Tops off items I am already using them every day and turn them in. So that’s what we did. I started clipping those Box Tops off baking mixings, soups, fruit snacks and more, however, I quickly realized keeping track of them once I clipped them was a whole other challenge.
Box Tops are small! And if your school is like ours, they only collect them twice a year, fall and spring. Now, I needed to come up with a creative to store these fellas before I lost them. That’s when I found the Box Tops for Education website and all the different collection sheets available to be printed. We go through a fair amount of products with Box Tops so I printed out a few sheets. Now what? I have these sheets, I have the Box Tops but where do I keep them so I don’t lose them? That’s when it hit me, I tape them to the inside of the cupboard door! They are always at my fingertips and I can easily see our progress. We usually fill up 5-8 sheets in between turn in periods so it’s a great way to keep them all together. Plus, Peyton loves picking out new and fun sheets from the Box Tops website to fill up.
And there is even digital Box Tops for Education points that can be redeemed online! Simply take your bonus Box Tops code to the computer, make an account on the Box Tops for Education website and select the school you’d like to donate to, then enter your digital code and hit submit. It can take up to 10 days for the points to be credited to the school’s account but it’s a great way to get more Box Tops to your child’s school.
Also, until January 31st there is an opportunity to earn even more Box Tops for your child’s school! All you have to do is buy 5 products with Box Tops in one shopping trip, then take your receipt, scan it and upload it to the Bonus App on your phone. The app is available for download at iTunes and Google Play, just look for the Box Tops App. You will need to set up an account with Box Tops for Education and link the school you would like the points donated to before you scan your first receipt.
I also keep a Box Tops collection sheet hung up in my office at work. You would be surprised at how many times people toss those Box Tops out! Plus they come on our paper reams so I am always double checking and making sure they are taken off the reams before I take out the trash. You’d be amazed at how many Box Tops end up in the trash in the office. My co-workers have been known to toss them out from tissue boxes and frozen foods. But I’m always right there double checking!
Another way I end up with lots of Box Tops to turn in is by making Peyton’s school lunches with items that come with Box Tops! It’s really easy to make a lunch that is yummy, kid approved and will be eaten while collecting Box Tops. When I’m doing my weekly grocery run at Walmart I always make sure to double check the packages and see there are Box Tops on them.
Today, I am sending Peyton off to school with a lunch she loves and I was able to collect 3 Box Tops off this lunch too! School lunches have evolved past the typical PBJ sandwiches. Here’s a quick and easy lunch that takes mere seconds to prepare.
First, plan out the lunch. Think about what your child likes to eat and gather everything first. For this lunch, you’ll need the following –
Annie’s® Organic Cheddar Bunnies
Chunks of Colby Jack Cheese
Mott’s® Medley Fruit Snacks
Yoplait® Yogurt (Strawberry)
Peyton is enjoying Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies with chunks of Colby Jack Cheese and Turkey Bites for her main dish. I used the largest well and placed all three items in rows.
Next, the fruit snacks, Mott’s Medley fruit snacks are made with vegetables too.
Then add some yogurt to free area, Peyton loves strawberry Yoplait so I made sure to place that one in her lunch box.
I had 2 more free spaces in her lunch box so I added some fresh berries and then because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner I did a few hearts. I always like to do a little note or something special in her lunch.
This lunch took me less than 5 minutes to pull together and it’s a lunch I know my child will enjoy, plus I also earned a few Box Tops for school! Another lunch idea Peyton loves is the Totino’s® Pizza in her lunch box too. I simply cook it the night before and then cut it up into bite size pieces for her to enjoy. She loves cold pizza for lunch!
There are literally dozens and dozens of items that come with Box Tops. Here are just a few of the everyday items we use in our house. From dinner time to breakfast to lunch I can usually collect one Box Tops a day. To be a successful Box Tops collector it just takes a little dedication and observation while in the store, check for brands that participate and see if you can fit them into your routine. Next time you’re at the store check out the shelves and see which products have Box Tops, you can also check out the hundreds of products online and use it to help plan your shopping list. What are a few of your favorite products that have Box Tops for Education?