Box Tops for Education

I’m sure you have heard of Box Tops for Education. Many products have the little Box Tops Coupons you cut out/off of the product (a complete list of items that contain Box Tops Coupons can be found here). Our school participates in this program – in fact, over 90,000 schools participate. It’s a great way to help your school earn money since each Box Tops Coupons is worth $.10.

While I have only donated the Box Tops Coupons to our school, you can actually earn money for your school in three different ways:

  • Clip the Box Tops Coupons and send them in to the school.
  • Shop online at the Box Tops Marketplace and a percentage of your purchase goes to the school.
  • Purchase books from Barnes & Noble through the Box Tops Reading Room and your school earns 6% of your purchase.

You will need an account if you start to earn using the Box Tops Marketplaceand Box Tops Reading Room. Even if you don’t use the online earning methods, a benefit to registering is that you can see your school’s goals and progress for the year since you are asked to designate your school.

I’m sure you’ve also noticed this too, but Box Tops for Education offers online printable coupons!!! I always include these in my store snacks so I appreciate this additional benefit – we save money and help our school earn money!

They also have sweepstakes for a chance to win your school Bonus Box Tops. I figure, if I’m online and stopping by to do my weekly coupon printing, I can take a few seconds to enter for my school’s chance to win!

I believe every little bit helps and if you clip theBox Tops Coupons , it really doesn’t take any time to do. It seems like the Box Tops Coupons are on everything, doesn’t it?

In my shopping trip here, I estimated about $3 in Box Tops Coupons- that was just one week. If I average that amount at least half of the time I shop (half being 26 times a year), that is $78 for the year just from our family! If everyone in a participating school sends that amount in, well…you do the math based on your school :-)

Do you participate in Box Tops for Education? How much has your school earned? Isn’t clipping the box tops easy and painless ? :-)

This post was originally published on October 1, 2008.

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on August 04, 2009


  • Diane, Fit to the Finish - August 04, 2009 @ 9:37 am

    We homeschool, but donate our box tops to our neighbors to give to their schools.

  • Heather - August 04, 2009 @ 10:20 am

    I love the idea of box tops and look for them on every product that I buy. I have a great giveaway on my blog : that offers some great products that have box tops on them and even a certificate worth 10 box tops. Check it out!

  • Jennifer - August 04, 2009 @ 1:18 pm

    We have been saving ours up for the last year and will be turning them in this school year. My son is the first to go to Kindergarten this month and I wanted to do my part and help out with free money for them. How awesome is that?

    • mommysnacks - August 04, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

      Jennifer, that is awesome!!! They have a long expiration date so saving them up like that was a smart move!

      • Erin - May 04, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

        yes i do agree you should check the dates.

  • Tara - August 04, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

    I collect them too and even have a little bowl that I put in my office’s kitchen for others to drop their’s in too.

  • Laura C - August 04, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

    I took over as Box Tops coordinator at my son’s school last year and we raised $1700 for the year! That was $1000 more than any previous year, so better advertisement of the program to parents and running contests made a huge improvement for us. With school districts having so many budget cuts, the money really helps our PTO help out the teachers and bring some extras to the students.

    • mommysnacks - August 04, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

      Laura, that is AMAZING!!!! Our son had a contest too, but the kids didn’t come home excited to clip the tops themselves. I wonder how you can motivate the kids so they want to do this for their school. Hmmmm…..

  • zoeysmom - August 04, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

    I am the coordinator and initiated the program at my kids montessori school and it has created a great fund for the school to buy new playground equipment. As the coordinator, what I ask all parents to do is just confirm all btfe are current and not expired. I let me girls help me count them out for submissions. Since they are preschool age, I think it is a wonderful way to help them with their numbers at home too.

  • tara - August 14, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

    Is there a way to find out which items have the bonus box tops??

    • mommysnacks - August 14, 2009 @ 4:38 pm

      Tara, there is. If you go to the Box Tops site, they will have the bonus box top eligible products listed there. It is updated when they change too.

  • Alison - October 13, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

    My baby is only 5 months old, and obviously not in school yet. Are all schools involved in the program?

    • mommysnacks - October 13, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

      Alison, may schools participate in the program. You could save the tops and give them to a neighbor kid or relative. I have a friend that does that with me. I love it!

  • Mrs. Lange - October 22, 2009 @ 11:18 am

    Hi, You’re all very generous. I sort of cringe to think of the number of woman and child-hours, maybe even a few man hours, to clip these coupons. If you like that kind of stuff, I guess it does seem painless. My kids liked to do this until they were in about 3rd grade and of course I never discouraged them and did praise them for their fundraising efforts. However, in the back of my mind I believe I would like to see these HUGE, multi-billion food conglomerates who make mega bucks off children and their parents just simply DONATE the money without so much work on the reciepents part. 300,000,000 “given-away” is a lot of dough. Can you imagine how much product was sold and profit gained by business?

    • mommysnacks - October 22, 2009 @ 11:24 am

      Mrs. Lange, I actually purchase these products anyway and it takes very little time to take off a box top for me or the kiddos. I’d love to get more food corporations involved with giving back to our schools – some already do actually.

  • kathy - October 23, 2009 @ 10:10 am

    Our daughter and family are stationed in Germany for the next 3 years. Granddaughter started kindergarten also.
    Their school on base is collecting the Box Tops, too.
    My question is. Is there an experiation date I should be looking for?
    Also what is the bonus box tops
    kathy coffman

    • mommysnacks - October 23, 2009 @ 11:06 am

      Kathy, the Box Tops do have expiration dates, which typically are a year off (very nice of them). The Bonus box tops are periodic promotional box tops on products – you essentially get two box tops on one item. The link in the post should show you what promotions are running with those box tops. We purchased fruit snacks a few months ago and nearly all of those boxes had the bonus box tops. You can also just double check the packages before picking them up.

      On a side note, thanks for sharing that your daughter (overseas) has a school who is collecting them. It’s good to know that BTFE supports overseas schools too!

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