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 do to contribute is simply download the new Box Tops app on your phone, shop as you would normally, and then scan the store receipts to find participating products (see a complete list). MPE will automatically be credited with your Box Top earnings!
You may also clip Box Top coupons off participating products, although the physical coupons are now being slowly phased out of production. After collection, simply send the Box Top coupons to MPE so we can collect the earnings.
Participating Box Tops products include:
- School and office supplies
- Baking products and bakeware
- Paper products
- Waste bags
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 $1,300 from this program so far. Think of the approximately 13,000 Box Tops collected!
Box Tops FAQs
- We don’t eat a whole lot of packaged, processed foods. 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 associated with them!
- Is there a minimum number of Box Tops I need to send? (This applies only to physical coupons that are being phased out.)
There’s no minimum or maximum amount to send. When mailing physical coupons to us, if you can group them in packets of 50 as the program recommends, that’s great. However, 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? (This applies only to physical coupons that are being phased out.)
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.
If you could submit them by Sept. 14, that can give us enough time to process them at the office. So if you want them sent in the latest batch, keep that in mind!
This post was originally published in September 2014. It has been updated for timeliness and detail.
Find more free or low-cost ways to get involved at MPE.