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Subject: Question about BoxTops and Such
Date Posted: 1/24/2012 5:36 PM ET
Member Since: 2/6/2009
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Just had a quick question to those who send and those who request BoxTops, Labels, and other such programs like that. When you send BoxTops/etc to other members, how many do you gather up before you send it out? When you request BoxTops/etc, how many do you hope to see in the envelope when it arrives?

I always gather a few dozen before I send out BoxTops. Is that a good amount to send?

Just curious as to what others do and what people are hoping for. 

Date Posted: 1/24/2012 6:27 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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I collect them for my daughter's school as well as a local school (my daughter's school is 45 mins away from home).  I get as few as 3 at a time or sometimes a couple dozen--- I NEVER expect more than a few and am overjoyed when it's a whole pile! 

Date Posted: 1/24/2012 9:27 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2007
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I agree with Jeanne G.  It doesn't matter how few someone sends me.  I am thrilled to get any amount.  I am collecting them for my grandson's Christian school in TN who puts them to good use.  Jeanie

Date Posted: 1/25/2012 2:00 AM ET
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It does not matter they all get used! Look at this way each one is a dime. So even a small number is over $1.00. Keep helping all of those school. They are huge in these economic times . JEan

Briana -
Date Posted: 1/25/2012 2:45 PM ET
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I send out maybe 20-30 box tops to someone. I don't have many, so I try to send them before they expire. I usually get away with sending in a standard envelope, no extra postage.

Date Posted: 1/26/2012 7:37 AM ET
Member Since: 9/25/2008
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I try to collect a small pile before mailing. Although I send less if someone I'm mailing a ROAK also collects those. I don't use many products with the box tops so it takes a while to collect.

Date Posted: 1/31/2012 2:32 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2009
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Every one counts, so a few works as well as a stack!  It's always an awesome surprise to receive a few dozen at a time though! 

One thing to remember when putting them into an envelope: if there are a lot, they may not lay flat inside the envelope if they shift and end up costing the receiver extra postage if the post office is picky.  I have a few members that wrap theirs in plastic wrap, and they'll lay them out in a few rows before wrapping them so they lay flatter in the envelope and stay put.  They've really got it down to a science!  :)   

My son is always amazed every time someone he doesn't know sends me a stack of them to bring in to his school!  PBS members are great.  :)

Date Posted: 2/1/2012 12:58 PM ET
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Thinking of the value of them--- dime a piece-- so it's probably best to save 20 or more before mailing since that would be a $2 donation to the school that costs you the price of a stamp. Good suggestion to just stick them in when you're mailing other Raoks.

Date Posted: 2/1/2012 1:57 PM ET
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Have a question to those of you who collect them.  I have been giving mine to our local school for the past  years(ever since they started collecting) and have neither seen or heard of any results of what they get with them.   Last 3 years, also collected milk jug caps for 5 cents/piece--last month, the head cook brought them in to redeem them and received a nice check which she handed over to the school secretary and she wouldn't tell her what it was going to be used for.   I sub in the school lunchroom(that is how I know).  So if they are putting the money where it is not suppose to go, I am going to start sending mine to someone here!  Sorry about the long tirade, but just curious.

Subject: Box Tops
Date Posted: 2/2/2012 10:25 AM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2010
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I agree with Phyllis M.  I save them by force of habit: my sister just retired as a grade school teacher.  She knew what they were used for and when I visited her school/classroom, the fruits of our labors were evident.  I am hesitant to send them to an unknown place with administrators who won't admit to their use. 

Date Posted: 2/8/2012 12:55 AM ET
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Box tops send a check and allows schools  to use the money for anything school related. This can be supplies, playground equipment, gym equipment, field trips or any other thing they see fit to use it on. We usually spend it on playground equipment. If you do not know where it is going contact your PTC and they should be able to tell you what they are spending it on. We have used ours for a track around the school, a climber, balls, a pump, basketball court in the last 20 years or so. The ptc takes what we get from boxtops fundraisers ect and every year or so tries to buy something really big with them.  My daughter has become in charge of chip bags, spartans, candybar wrappers, coke caps, diaper wrappers, boxtops, campbells(labels for education), tyson, juice pouches, and school spirit for the schools. Our school collects all of these. There are some great programs out there. Jean