Box Tops for Education: What you should know


If you have purchased anything commercially packaged in the past few years, without a doubt you have purchased something that had the Box Tops for Education logo on them. You may have glanced over it without really knowing what you are looking at, but there is actual value to the box tops beyond looking kind of catchy on the top of the cardboard boxes.

For parents, it is important to help support your child’s education in any way that you can. Sometimes that includes participating in fundraising. Box Tops for Education is an easy way to participate without having to take up too much of your time.

What is the program?

Basically with the Box Tops for Education program you look for the logo on the top of certain packaged boxes. There are so many different participating products, I could not list them all, but here is an abbreviated list to give you an idea:

  • Annie’s® Baking Mixes
  • Bisquick™
  • Fiber One™ Mixes
  • Reynolds® Parchment Paper
  • Reynolds® Bakeware Pans
  • Reynolds® StayBrite® Baking Cups
  • Cascadian Farm™ Cereal
  • Cascadian Farm™ Farm Stand Harvest Cherry, Almond and Quinoa Granola
  • Cascadian Farm™ Farm Stand Harvest Honey, Almond and Chia Granola
  • Cascadian Farm™ Farm Stand Harvest Vanilla, Coconut and Pumpkin Seed Granola
  • Cascadian Farm™ Protein Granola
  • Cheerios™ Cereal
  • Chex™ Cereal
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ Cereal
  • Cocoa Puffs™ Cereal
  • Finish® Dishwashing Detergent
  • Lysol® Bathroom Cleaners
  • Lysol® Disinfecting Spray
  • Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes
  • Chex Mix
  • Fiber One Fruit Snacks
  • Nature Valley Granola Bars
  • Mott’s Juice
  • Annie’s Snack Mix
  • Larabar Renola Grain Free Granola
  • Ocean Spray Fruit Flavored Snacks
  • And so many more… The complete list is here

How to Participate

If you are looking to participate in the fundraising program of Box Tops for Education, all you need to do is purchase the participating products and cut out the box top. You need to be sure that you are cutting the box top off cleanly and inside of the lines in order for the Box Top code to be legible and count. Then you would sent the Box Tops with your child or someone’s child for them to deliver to the school. It is then up to the school to submit them in order to collect the money for them.

How much are they worth?

Most Box Tops are worth ten cents per Box Top, though some of them are worth more than others. You need to look well at the box to ensure that it is not one of the ones that is worth double. A school can collect Box Tops for up to $20,000 each year. You can do an awful lot with $20,000, so it is definitely worth the time that it takes to cut out the Box Top before you throw away the product’s packaging.

Things to Remember

Box Tops definitely expire so you need to be sure that the Box Tops are current before going through the effort of cutting them out to begin with. You should also double check that your child’s school is actually participating in the program. If they are not, perhaps there is another local school participating so your work is not completely in vain. Also remember you do not really need to go out of your way in order to purchase a bunch of really specific products to get the Box Tops. A Box Top is only ten cents so it should be something you would have purchased anyway. And they are on so many different types of products nowadays that you do not have to do anything extreme or crazy in order to find some that can work.

When I was a kid, my parents moved every couple of years, which meant that I changed schools every couple of years

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