How Box Tops Can Help Homeschoolers

You’ve probably heard of Box Tops for Education, the popular program sponsored by General Mills. More than 80,000 schools participate in this fun, easy way to earn money.

But did you know Box Tops can benefit homeschoolers, too?

All you need to contribute is simply clip Box Top coupons off participating products (see a complete list).  These include:

  • School and office supplies
  • Apparel
  • Baking products and bakeware
  • Produce
  • Cereal
  • Paper products
  • Waste bags

Then you send the collected Box Top coupons to your school, which earns 10 cents for each coupon.

While individual homeschools can’t use the program, homeschool associations who offer K-8th grade classes with 15 or more students (like MPE) do qualify. They need to be registered with the IRS under the 501(c)3 tax exempt status.

All Box Tops contributions to MPE go to fund scholarships for our members who are undergoing financial hardship.

And thanks to our dedicated Box Top coupon clippers, we’ve earned more than $900 from this program so far. Think of the approximately 9,000 Box Tops collected!

Box Tops FAQs

  • We don’t eat a whole lot of packaged, processed foods in our family. Aren’t the Box Tops mostly on those kinds of items?

The Box Tops program extends to a lot of categories, including non-food items such as clothing, office supplies, paper products, diapers and other household goods. Most of our contributors don’t go out of their way to buy items just to benefit MPE; these are items they’d already purchase. They just happen to have a Box Tops coupon on them!

  • Is there a minimum number of Box Tops I need to send?

There’s no minimum or maximum amount to send. If you can group them in packets of 50 as the program recommends, that’s great – but we will sort through them here on our end to make them into packets of 50 ourselves.

Otherwise, your Box Tops may expire before you’ve collected the required 50.

  • When should I send Box Tops to MPE?

You can send them at any time; we can always use them! Like all schools participating in the program, we receive our Box Tops earnings twice a year, in December and April.

Our next deadline to submit Box Tops is Sept. 14, so if you want them sent in the latest batch, keep that in mind!

Handy tip: If you want to save on postage, just bring them to the next MPE event you attend, like our annual homeschool conference or Women’s Encouragement Day.

This post was originally published in September 2014. It has been updated for timeliness and detail. 

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